Grants Craft Emergency Relief Fund – Grants & Loans
U.S. National Deadline: Ongoing – CERF is a national, nonprofit organization making loans and small grants to professional craftspeople experiencing career-threatening illness, accident, fire, theft, or natural disaster. Services include referrals to craft suppliers who have agreed to offer discounts on materials and equipment to craftspeople eligible for CERF funds, and booth fee waivers with certain craft show producers. CERF is a small fund.
Financial assistance ranges from $500 to $8,000. CERF loan recipients are expected to repay the loan in full within five years of when the loan is made. This enables CERF to have funds readily available for the next craftsperson in need.
Download and read the guidelines carefully to see if you are eligible. When you send in the completed application form, be sure to include samples of your work (e.g. photographs, postcards, or color copies), a résumé, and completed IRS 1040 Forms with Schedule C from the last two years.
Mail applications to:
Loans & Services Coordinator
Craft Emergency Relief Fund
P.O. Box 838
Montpelier, VT 05601-0838