The Maurice Sendak Foundation (MSF) has partnered with the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) to launch an emergency relief grant program to support children’s picture book artists and writers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The program will distribute unrestricted grants, up to $2,500 apiece, to artists who have experienced financial hardship from loss of income as a direct result of the crisis. The program is open to children’s picture book artists and writers over the age of 21 in the United States and territories.
MSF, a not-for-profit charitable organization, is devoted to promoting greater public interest in and understanding of the literary, visual, and performing arts. MSF has granted $100,000 to NYFA to begin the program; the initial goal for the fund is $250,000 with hopes that it will expand. Those interested in donating to the fund may do so here. Funds will be awarded to eligible applicants in the order in which applications are received (starting April 23, 2020), and will close once 600 applications are received.