Disaster Recovery Resources
The following is a list of funders and resources currently available for arts and cultural organizations and individuals affected by Superstorm Sandy.
City Parks Foundation > Capacity Fund Grants fund projects to strengthen groups? outreach, membership, and program-planning capacity. Grants range from $250 to $5,000. Three grant cycles a year, with deadlines on February 1, June 1, and October 1. Projects must take place on NYC Parks property.
FEMA > Although the April 13 registration deadline has passed, FEMA and its partners, including U.S. Small Business Administration and numerous volunteer agencies,remain in New York and will continue helping survivors until the job is done.
New York Foundation for the Arts Relief Fund > Grants are available for between $1,000 and $5,000 are still available to assist artists with damages and losses as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Eligible artists can be working in any discipline and reside in New York City. This fund was established by The Andy Warhol Foundation, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and Lambent Foundation (a project of the Tides Center).
Centre for Social Innovation > Center for Social Innovation: has a “pop up” space in the Starrett-Lehigh building at 601 West 26th Street for a handful of organizations affected by the storm--free workspace for small nonprofits (four staff or fewer) from mid-November until the end of the calendar year.
New York State Archives Disaster Recovery Vendors> If your organization suffers a disaster that affects records, be sure to contact the State Archives at ARCH_SOS(at)mail.nysed.gov or at 518-474-6926. We provide disaster advice and direction to state agencies, local governments, and historical records repositories across the state. We have staff in Albany and Regional Advisory Officers located in offices all over the state, so no matter where you are we can quickly respond and help you address the situation.
ADAA: The Art Dealers Association of America> Provides certified appraisal services for tax donation and insurance purposes.
RAZOO> An online fundraising tool specifically designed to fit the needs of nonprofits.
American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works > AIC-Cert regularly offers presentations designed to be of special help to the many artists and galleries whose works were affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Dumbo Improvement District> Provides information on local gatherings, programming, and news regarding Sandy recovery.
Greater Hudson Heritage Network > Many funders are providing immediate emergency assistance and looking to the long term rebuilding needs of their communities. Grantmakers Forum of New York is currently working to list funders’ support efforts and we will continue to track relief and recovery in the wake of this natural disaster.
How to Navigate the Disaster Assistance Process: Guidebook to Federal Resources (pdf) > Developed by U.S. Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand.
Heritage Preservation's After the Flood Resources > Links to funders for arts and cultural organizations, along with health and safety tips, and collections management after a flood.
MiniGroup About Hurricane Recovery Resources >Sign-in with facebook or Google is required to access this conversation & list of resources.
Musemwise >An extensive list of resources, funders, and publications about Disaster Recovery techniques.
National Trust for Historic Preservation > Bringing a historic structure that has been ravaged by a natural disaster back to life requires information and resources that are not always top-of-mind for home or business owners. Over the years, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and our partners have compiled a wide variety of documentation designed to help plan and prepare in the unfortunate event that disaster strikes.
Society of American Archivists> Contains a directory of archival consultants.
The Council has an inventory of books from our old reading and discussion programs for which we are seeking a good home. We invite any tax-exempt organization, whether or not they were impacted by the hurricane, to request a donation of these books.
Libraries and other tax-exempt organizations can order one or more sets of the 4-book series that were used in our former Reading Between the Lines program. The Council will cover the cost of shipping books to the host organization. The full list of books/series available can be downloaded here. Our hope is that these books can be used in reading and discussion programs or book clubs for years to come, so you may want to coordinate with your local library to arrange circulation of books among other sites in your area.
To request a donation, please complete this simple online application form and specify the number of sets you would like to receive. In this competitive application process, the Council is looking for organizations who demonstrate both need and capacity in their applications.
If you have questions about book donations and whether your site is eligible email Program Officer Leah Nahmias or call 212-233-1131.
The following is a short list of some of the ways you can contribute to the recovery efforts of fellow New Yorkers.
Support the Council's Hurricane Recovery Grants >
Gifts are welcome to the Council, and can be specifically directed towards Hurricane Recovery Grants. 100% of your donation will go to this special grant initiative.
Red Cross >
Last updated May 1, 2013.