CERF+, National Call for Applicants: Artists “Get Ready” Grants

CERF+, National Call for Applicants: Artists “Get Ready” Grants

Deadline: August 15th, 2017

CERF+ announces new Artists “Get Ready” Grants to help artists working in craft disciplines safeguard their studios and protect their careers. In 2017, up to 10 grants of $500 for individual artists and $1,500 for groups of artists will be awarded on a competitive basis in two grant cycles to eligible artists towards the purchase of goods or services that will have a direct impact on increasing their emergency readiness.

“For over 30 years, CERF+’s financial assistance for artists experiencing career-threatening disasters has been critical in helping them get back on their feet and back to work,” said Executive Director Cornelia Carey. “We want to help artists avoid the impacts of these disasters before they happen. This new funding program will go a long way toward helping artists make that a reality.”

Artists are encouraged to use CERF+’s Risk Assessment  to generate ideas and review recommended activities in the Get Ready and Studio Safety sections of the www.cerfplus.org when applying for the Artists “Get Ready” Grant. Eligible activities include: business protection (business insurance, inventory software, business continuity planning, creating secure business record-keeping systems), studio safeguards (safety equipment, improvements to studio health and safety, purchasing safer materials and supplies), emergency/disaster readiness (emergency tools, supplies and equipment, studio upgrades to reduce disaster risk, theft protection measures) and career protection (legacy or estate planning, financial planning services, documentation or digitization of artwork and/or related records, legal counsel, enrolling in a professional development course or workshop).


  • Be an artist or a group of artists with an ongoing history of producing a body of work in
    a craft discipline or disciplines (such as woodworkers, fiber artists, metalsmiths, glass potters, furniture makers, cultural-based craft, or alternative craft).
  • Be a legal U.S. resident.

Website link for more detailed information and to apply: https://cerfplus.org/get-ready-portal/get-ready-grants/

About: In 1985, the Craft Emergency Relief Fund (now a program of CERF+) began when co-founders Carol Sedestrom Ross, then president of American Craft Enterprises, and glassblower Josh Simpson recognized the inherent generosity within the craft community. Artists would “pass the hat” to collect monetary donations during shows and exhibitions in support of fellow artists dealing with emergencies. CERF+ was founded to expand this grassroots effort and has since provided almost $2 million in financial assistance and more than $400,000 in donated services to professional artists in craft disciplines nationwide. Mission: CERF+ serves artists who work in craft disciplines by providing a safety net to support strong and sustainable careers. CERF+’s core services are education programs, advocacy, network building and emergency relief.


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