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EASL FUND:

The EASL Fund provides limited financial assistance up to $5,000 per calendar year to North Texas (within a designated 10-county area) visual artists and visual arts professionals who are in urgent distress due to accidents, emergencies, medical conditions or crises, or loss of personal and/or professional property.

A recipient may receive grants with the maximum amount of $5,000 per calendar year. If an artist has multiple emergencies (related or unrelated) within a calendar year period, more than one grant might be approved (each requires a separate application), but the TOTAL of all grant amounts may not exceed $5,000 within one calendar year period.

Each individual is limited to a potential lifetime maximum of $15,000 of EASL assistance, not to exceed $5,000 per calendar year, limited to three calendar years of EASL assistance.

Calendar year and lifetime maximum assistance are not retroactive to previous grant recipients.

In cases where an emergency causes extended loss of work, a grant may cover mortgage payments, rents, car payments, or other living expenses.

Grants are payable directly to service providers or expense holders and not to the applicant.

The E.A.S.L. FUND is a designated fund of the Communities Foundation of Texas, Inc.(CFT), a tax-exempt nonprofit organization, under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  All grant payments are administered by CFT from the E.A.S.L. Fund held at CFT.

QUALIFYING EVENTS INCLUDE:

  • Short- or long-term medical emergency
  • Terminal or chronic illness
  • Accident or natural disaster resulting in physical trauma/distress or loss of personal and/or professional property
  • Other event that creates a crisis situation
  • Communities Foundation of Texas, where the E.A.S.L. Fund is held, has the final approval on what constitutes a qualifying event
  • EASL GRANT CRITERIA - APPLICANT REQUIREMENTS:

    Must be one of the following:

    Visual artist pursuing a fine arts career as evidenced by a record of professional exhibition and evidenced of significant involvement in the North Texas arts community for a period of at least two years (vita or resume)

    Visual arts professional of fine art as evidenced by a history of professional activity and evidenced of significant involvement in the North Texas arts community for a period of at least two years (vita or resume)

    Must live in one or more of the following 10 counties for a minimum of two years:  Collin, Dallas, Tarrant, Denton, Parker, Johnson, Ellis, Kaufman, Wise, or Rockwall Counties.  Proof of residency in one or more of these counties is required.

    Application is required to show verifiable documented financial need.  Proof of financial status may be required

    VITA or Resume must be provided

    References must be provided

    All Grant Application questions must be answered completely

    All Grant Application requested documentation and materials must be submitted with application in order for the application to be evaluated

    The following people do not qualify for an EASL Grant

    • Family members of applicants
    • Artists in non-visual art field

    APPLICATION PROCESS

    If you, or... If you know an artist who is trying to cope with a desperate situation, please contact EASL at 1.888.563.2316

    -or-

    Click here for the grant application.

    Give your completed application and all supporting documentation to any EASL Steering Committee member, or mail to:

    EASL Grant Application
    P.O. Box 7895
    Dallas, TX 75209

    Or, you may scan and send the application and supporting documents (in pdf-format only) to:

    info@easl.us

     

    EASL (Emergency Artists' Support League) is a designated fund of the Communities Foundation of Texas, Inc., a tax-exempt nonprofit organization, under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

    All donations made to the EASL fund through Communities Foundation of Texas are tax deductible.

    EASL grant application information is handled with great care and is treated as strictly confidential.

     

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