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 June 15, 2021, CERF+ has provided 1,126 grants totaling $1.4 million to artists from 49 States, 3 U.S. Territories, and the District of Columbia whose lives have been negatively affected by COVID-19.
- 888 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 67% of CERF+’s COVID-19 grantees were Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and 21.6 % 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. In order to address the continued demand for emergency assistance, CERF+ is raising funds to launch a 4th cycle of our COVID-19 Relief Fund. Make a donation today, and your gift will have twice the impact thanks to a $150,000 challenge grant from Windgate Foundation.