In response to the financial emergencies that artists experienced due to the pandemic, CERF+ created an expedited COVID-19 Relief Grant Program to provide immediate relief to artists. As of October 6, 2021, CERF+ has provided 1,425 grants totaling $1.75 million to artists from 49 States, 3 U.S. Territories, and the District of Columbia whose lives have been negatively affected by COVID-19.
- 1,187 CERF+ Relief Grants to artists experiencing dire circumstances related to food, medical, and/or housing insecurities due to COVID-19.
- 138 Get Ready + COVID Career Resilience Grants for artists to safeguard their studios, protect their careers, and acquire the skills and resources needed to continue their creative practice during the pandemic.
- As a Field Partner to Artist Relief, CERF+ served as an advisor and contributed $500,000 to the $25 million relief effort which provided emergency financial assistance to nearly 4,000 artists.
As COVID-19 disproportionately impacted marginalized communities, CERF+ prioritized these communities and 72% of CERF+’s COVID-19 grantees were Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and 20% were folk/traditional artists.
None of this would have been possible without the generous support from CERF+’s community and with significant support from the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, GlobalGiving, The Haven Foundation, Jeffrey Spahn Gallery, The Margaret A. Cargill Fund at the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation, The San Francisco Foundation, and Windgate Foundation.
Together, we made a real difference. And while there is light at the end of the tunnel, far too many artists continue to face dire financial circumstances related to housing, food, and health insecurities. If you’re able, please make a donation towards our efforts to help these artists recover.