CERF+ EMERGENCY RELIEF PROGRAM ON HOLD: NEEDS REBUILDING NOW
As we enter another hurricane season tomorrow, I’m writing to share an important announcement and a call for unprecedented need for relief funds.
Extreme weather conditions caused by climate change have exponentially increased the demands on our Craft Emergency Relief Fund to help artists recover from disasters that affect their art and their livelihoods. Since last Fall, we have provided three times more grants and loans than last year – depleting available funds for relief.
We have made the difficult and unprecedented decision to put the Emergency Relief Program on hold until we can raise more money to meet artists’ needs. We are currently not taking any applications until we can raise at least $200,000 to reinstate this critical program.
Thank you for all you contributed in the past to CERF+ to help sustain the Artists Safety Net! Our new 2017 Impact Report shows the difference you have made. We are proud to have served dozens artists with emergency relief and 114% more artists with our preparedness programs as a result. Our message to “Get Ready” has reached thousands of artists over the years.
Now, it’s our turn to get ready again – and we need your help.
PLEASE HELP US RAISE $200,000 so we can reopen the Craft Emergency Relief Fund ASAP.