On October 1, CERF+ (Craft Emergency Relief Fund) increased the amount of its emergency financial assistance grants and loans for eligible craft artists.
CERF+’s Emergency Grants now provide up to $5,000 in immediate help to eligible craft artists after career-threatening emergencies. CERF+’s no-interest Emergency Recovery Loans now provide up to $8,500 to help craft artists re-establish, improve, or possibly expand the artist’s business after an emergency.
CERF+ regards a career-threatening emergency as a recent, unforeseen or triggering event that has significantly and adversely affected your ability to produce your work. Financial distress that results from the normal uncertainties of doing business is not considered an emergency for CERF+ eligibility purposes.
“Thanks to the fantastic response of our generous donors to The Campaign for CERF+’s Future, we are very pleased to be able to increase the amounts of both our grants and no-interest loans. These funds provide such critical support to artists recovering and rebuilding after disasters,” notes CERF+ Executive Director Cornelia Carey.
More information about eligibility and how to apply can be found on the CERF+ website. The website also has numerous other resources for artists.