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CERF+’s Recovery Work in Puerto Rico

As of 3/8/2021, CERF+ has provided $667,000 in grant assistance and donated equipment and materials to more than 300 artists in Puerto Rico. 

  • 231 COVID-19 Relief Grants for artists experiencing dire needs related to food, medical, and/or housing insecurities. 
  • 112 Emergency Relief Grants for artists that experienced a recent, career threatening emergency, such as an illness, accident, fire or natural disaster.
  • 23 Get Ready Grants to conduct activities that will help safeguard their studios, protect their careers and prepare for emergencies.
  • Other assistance includes donated goods and materials through our brokered assistance program and one recovery loan from a previous program. 

This important work in Puerto Rico would not have been possible without the tremendous support from our supporters. A special thanks to the Flamboyan for the Arts Fund and GlobalGiving for their ongoing commitment and dedication to our work and the artists we serve.


“I am and will be forever grateful for the help received. It was fundamental in the process of repairing my workshop after the earthquakes in Puerto Rico. Without your help, I would not have made it.

— Franklin Graulau, Ceramic Artist, 2020 Earthquakes, Ponce, Puerto Rico


“Hurricane Maria was rough. We lost power. Food was scarce. Maria destroyed and wrecked my tools. I almost lost them all. CERF+'s help has been extremely important. I have been able to move forward and will continue thanks to the help that is coming in."

– Aurelio Cruz, Luthier, Hurricane Maria, Orocovis, Puerto Rico, photo courtesy of Flamboyan Arts Fund

Jaime Suarez

"CERF+'s presence in Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria, through the ongoing earthquakes and the COVID-19 Pandemic, is testimony to their commitment, outreach, experience, and impact in addressing a wide variety of emergencies and situations that craft practitioners can experience. My experience as a CERF+ Board Member has been amongst the most rewarding and educational experiences"

— Jaime Suárez
Ceramist, Sculptor, Architect, Set Designer, Professor, and CERF+ Board Member

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"The aid that CERF+ has given our artisans and craftsmen in Puerto Rico has been fundamental in their recovery from the disaster brought about by Hurricane Maria. With the aid given by CERF+, they were able to repair homes, studios, buy materials, tools, and generators to begin working again."

Zulma Santiago, Cultural Consultant, Puerto Rico