NADA Gallery
Relief Grant


What is the NADA Relief Gallery Fund?

    The NADA Gallery Relief Fund offers grants to support small commercial art galleries, non-profits, and alternative spaces working with contemporary art that are deeply impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Art galleries—open to the public year-round—are small businesses, employers and platforms for artists, curators, and art workers around the US and internationally.

How long will you run this initiative?

    The fund will operate on a rolling basis, and grants will be awarded for as long as funding permits. Please note that due to the magnitude of this crisis, we anticipate more requests for funding than there are funds to distribute.


Who is eligible to apply?

  • Art gallery, alternative space, non-profit exhibition space—located in the U.S. or internationally—working with contemporary art that is currently closed due to COVID-19 crisis
  • Gallery/ Organization expects a significant loss in income due to the COVID-19 crisis, and is at risk of closing because of this loss in income
  • Gallery/ Organization has 5 or less employees or is run by an individual who operates under a sole proprietorship, with or without employees, or as an independent contractor.
  • Gallery/ Organization has been in operation for at least 1 year
  • Gallery/ Organization follows the New Art Dealers Alliance Code of Ethics

How do you define ‘small commercial gallery, non-profits, and alternative spaces’?

    Businesses with 5 or less employees, or is run by an individual who operates under a sole proprietorship, with or without employees, or as an independent contractor will be prioritized. However, if you have more than 5 employees and expect significant losses, you may still apply but will be expected to include additional information outlining your need for funding.

If my gallery/organization is not in imminent danger of closing, will I still be considered?

    Yes. However, we do ask that galleries review the application eligibility carefully, in order to determine for themselves if they are in imminent danger of closing without this support. Funds will be prioritised to those in most urgent need, and if ongoing funding permits, smaller grants for galleries with less imminent needs may be considered upon review.

Am I eligible if I have already received funds from another relief effort?

    Yes, you are eligible. We do not disqualify anyone based on other sources of relief.

Can International galleries apply?

    Yes. The NADA Gallery Relief Fund is available to International galleries. Funds will be issued in USD.

Application & Selection

When can I apply?

    The first round of applications are open from April 24 –May 8 (closes 11:59pm ET). If funding permits, NADA will announce subsequent rounds for grants.

How can I apply?

    If eligible, applications and supporting documentation must be submitted using our online form here. This process is very user friendly, however if you have any technical issues or need application support, please contact NADA at

Can I apply more than once?

    Once you submit an application, you will not be able to re-submit during that month’s round. However, if your application is not selected in one round, you may reapply the following round.

If I don’t receive the grant in one round, but the application re-opens for subsequent rounds, do I have to submit another application?

    Yes. You will need to reapply with a new application as your circumstances may have changed.

Am I able to receive this grant more than once?

    No. Due to the magnitude of this crisis, we expect more requests for funding than available funds. Therefore, we are only providing one-time relief to as many galleries as possible.

How will applications be selected for funding?

    Applications will be reviewed and selected by an anonymous committee, comprised of established practicing artists and arts industry professionals. All panelists have an active relationship with emerging galleries and artists, and have demonstrated a deep understanding of contemporary practices.

Once I apply, when will I hear back?

    All applicants will be notified of their grant status within 2 weeks post application deadline.

What security measures are in place for the information I’m providing in this application?

    Cognito Forms, the application platform, operates with above-industry-standard security certificates and features for data collection and storage. As an applicant, your data will be viewed by NADA staff and the committee selected to review and allocate the funds. Additionally, NADA will not disclose sensitive information outside of this committee, or retain information beyond the application time frame.


How much can I apply for?

    Any grant amount up to $5,000 will be considered.

When and how will funds be distributed?

    Funding for first round applications will be distributed after the application deadline (May 8, 2020) via ACH or check.

If I’m awarded a grant, will my name be made public?

    No. Personal information will never be disclosed or publicized.

Will funding be restricted, and will there be reporting requirements?

    This fund is intended to help galleries experiencing dire financial emergencies and those in imminent danger of closing due to the COVID-19 crisis. While all grants are unrestricted and can be used for any kind of emergency relief, funds must be used to cover income that was lost as a result of this crisis. There will not be reporting requirements, however you must state exactly how you intend to use the funds in your application.

Who administers the fund?

    New Art Dealers Alliance will be distributing funds. Galleries/Organizations will be contacted directly to obtain all necessary information needed for grant disbursement.

Is the grant taxable?

    Yes, you may need to pay taxes on this income. Please consult your personal financial manager or tax accountant as we cannot advise on individual tax matters.


Can I support the NADA Gallery Relief Fund?

    Yes, you can support the fund with a monetary donation here.

Are donations tax deductible?

    Yes. The fund operates through the fiscal sponsorship of 501c3 Independent Curators International (ICI) and with support from the Kinkade Family Foundation.