Anonymous Was A Woman (AWAW) has introduced an emergency relief grant program to support artists impacted by the Covid-19 crisis. The program will distribute $250,000 in grants, up to $2,500 apiece, to artists who have experienced financial hardship from loss of income or opportunity as a direct result of the crisis. As with AWAW’s annual award, the program is open to women-identifying visual artists over the age of 40 in the United States and territories, and aims to address the unique challenges faced by artists in middle age or older, particularly at this critical time.

Anonymous Was A Woman has partnered with the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) to administer the grant. Like AWAW’s annual award, the emergency relief grant has no strings attached, and the recipient may use the funds however they see fit. While the annual AWAW award is nomination-only and chosen by a panel in recognition of artistic accomplishments and potential, artists may apply directly for the emergency relief grant, which is awarded based solely on documented loss. The application is open from April 6 through April 8, with funds awarded to eligible applicants in the order in which applications are received. The application and detailed information on the Anonymous Was A Woman Emergency Relief Grant can be found on NYFA’s website.

The $250,000 emergency relief grant program represents the equivalent of AWAW’s entire annual award, an unrestricted grant of $25,000 given to ten artists each year. AWAW will present its 2020 award as previously planned in the fall. While the AWAW award has historically been funded solely by founder Susan Unterberg, motivated donors may contribute funds earmarked for this program, directly to NYFA.

Applications must go directly through NYFA, accessible HERE.


Though funded by Anonymous Was A Woman, the program is administered by the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and all questions should be directed to Inquiries to Anonymous Was A Woman will be forwarded directly to