Grants CERF+’s Craft Emergency Relief Fund
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.
CERF+’s Craft Emergency Relief Fund program has emergency grants and no-interest loans available to artists working in craft disciplines who have experienced a recent, serious emergency such as illness, injury, fire, theft, or natural disaster.
CERF+ recognizes that many of the most acclaimed artists of tomorrow working in craft disciplines have only started to establish their careers today. We understand that these promising artists may not have years of significant income from their craft, but have gained recognition for their skill and creativity, and have taken strides to enter the professional realm. We are eager to assist an artist who can show his/her young career was on a clear trajectory to professional success and he/she was otherwise financially independent before a recent, severe emergency took the art career off course.
To be eligible for this category of CERF+’s emergency assistance, applicants must:
- Working in a Craft Discipline.
- Art Career: An eligible art career requires a serious commitment to craft for at least the three years before your recent emergency.
- Emergency: You must have experienced a recent, unforeseen emergency or triggering event that has significantly and adversely affected your ability to produce, exhibit and/or market your work and, thus, creates the need for immediate assistance.
- Be a U.S. Resident.
What CERF+ Doesn’t Fund
- Media commonly classified as “fine art” including: painting; printmaking; sculpture collage and assemblage (except where there is a demonstrable connection to craft materials, processes, and objects and where the finished products sufficiently exhibit the individuality and skill of the maker). Photography, film, video, and digital media.
- Situations of financial need that result from the normal uncertainties of doing business.
- Old emergencies: CERF+ does not provide funding when the time elapsed since the event that initiated the emergency exceeds the typical recovery time for that type of emergency.
- “Small” emergencies: Even though you may have experienced “a recent, unforeseen emergency or triggering event that has adversely affected your ability to produce and/or market your work,” CERF+ may determine that it does not meet the threshold for emergency assistance.
Go to cerf and follow the directions.
535 Stone Cutters Way, Suite 202
Montpelier, VT 05602-3796
Please note that CERF+ also has extensive emergency preparedness, relief and recovery information available for all artists on our website..