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Artist Get Ready + COVID Career Resilience Grants

Since 2017, CERF+’s Get Ready Grants have awarded up to $500 to individual artists working in craft disciplines to conduct activities that will help safeguard their studios, protect their careers and prepare for emergencies. In response to the continuing changes that artists are making to their careers as a result of COVID-19, this cycle we will also be supporting artists in acquiring career skills and business assets required in the current and post-pandemic creative economy. ​Artists are encouraged to use the Risk Assessment activity to generate ideas.


This cycle will begin accepting applications on June 15th and will close on July 6th. Priority will be given to Black, Indigenous, People of Color and folk and traditional artists. Over sixty grants will be awarded.

Applications are now closed. Applicants will be notified of the status of their applications on August 3rd.


Examples of eligible activities include:

  • COVID Career Resilience
    • Tutorials or training in e-commerce,
    • Professional photography of their craft portfolio
    • Employing the services of website designers
    • Short-term support for childcare to allow studio work time
    • Installing equipment for safely working with studio staff and/or students
  • Business Protection
  • Studio Safeguards
    • Safety equipment
    • Upgrading studio and/or equipment to improve studio health and safety
    • Contractor consulting
    • Purchasing safer materials and supplies
  • Emergency/Disaster Readiness
    • Emergency tools, supplies and equipment
    • Upgrading studio to reduce disaster risk
    • Contractor consulting
    • Theft protection measures
  • 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 to enhance career protection

Ineligible Activities

As the purpose of “Get Ready” Grant projects is to encourage artists to safeguard their studios, protect their careers and implement other safety measures, proposed projects that focus on producing artwork or enhancing the artistic capabilities of the applicant are not eligible.


To be eligible for a “Get Ready” Grant, applicants must:

  • Be an artist working in a craft discipline
  • Have been residing and working in the U.S. or U.S. Territories for the last two years
  • Not have received a Get Ready Grant in 2021 or 2022

CERF+ broadly defines eligible artists to include those who create work using historically recognized craft materials such as clay, glass, textiles, wood, metal; as well as those whose work expands on these historical definitions through the incorporation of non-traditional materials, new technologies and experimental approaches.

CERF+ is equally committed to the preservation of folk and traditional arts, as rooted in, and reflective of, the cultural life of a community. We recognize and support the ways that information is often passed on from one generation to the next and celebrate practices rooted within a common ethnic heritage, geographic region, religious affiliation or occupation.

CERF+ serves artists at all stages of their careers and seeks to support people from diverse educational and cultural backgrounds. Eligibility is not determined solely by the amount of money an artist generates from their work and we recognize that many individuals have careers that rely on multiple streams of income and financial support.

Craft objects may be functional or nonfunctional, but both types derive part of their meaning from their association with traditional functional forms such as chairs, vessels, garments or implements, and/or their association with cultural tradition. Qualities that contribute to the success of a craft object include the skill of the maker, the use of the material, the refinement of the design, the originality of expression, its cultural significance – or all of these.


To apply for a “Get Ready” Grant, select the “Apply Now” button on this page and follow the directions to complete the online application and upload the required supporting documentation.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.  The CERF+ staff is available to answer questions. Please contact (802) 229-2306 or [email protected]


The required supporting documentation is to be submitted with the online grant application. 

  1. A written narrative (Entered in the application form itself. 400 word maximum) or short video (YouTube or Vimeo video link to be provided in the application form. Maximum of 3 minutes) that includes:
    • A description of the proposed project
    • An explanation of how this project will support you in safeguarding your studio, preparing for emergencies, building career resilience, or further pivoting your career in response to COVID-19
    • An explanation of how the readiness activity will be continued after the grant funds have been expended, if applicable
    • Describe how you will actively share with others what you have learned about safeguarding your studio, protecting your career or preparing for emergencies by completing your project. Examples include social media and blog posts, photographs, videos, teaching guides or educational activities.
  2. Information documenting your work as an artist producing a body of work in a craft discipline(s):
    • A resume or narrative detailing your accomplishments as an artist working in a craft discipline. If applicable, the resume should list exhibitions and shows; publications featuring your work; awards; education; teaching experiences; and/or any other accomplishments that will help us evaluate your career as a professional artist working in a craft discipline.
    • 5 high resolution images of your artwork created within the past three years (.gif, .jpeg, or .tiff format)
    • A photograph of yourself in your studio, at your booth at a show, teaching, or otherwise engaged in your artistic practice.
  3. A list of estimated expenses (entered in the application form itself) to be incurred in order to complete the project, specifying which expenses the grant will fund and the sources of funds for any other expenses.

Applications will be evaluated to determine whether the applicant:

  • has proposed an eligible and feasile project
  • has included a budget that accounts for any additional costs
  • has included a plan for sharing their project

Final selection will be made through a lottery. Priority will be given to eligible artists who have traditionally been underserved by the grantmaking community including people of color and folk and traditional artists.


Grant funds must be utilized to complete the proposed project within six months of the grant award. Grantees are required to document and share what they learned from accomplishing the readiness activity and its impact and report this information back to CERF+. Creative ways to share information such as videos, blog posts, and other media are encouraged and may be shared publicly as an education and outreach tool to help other artists safeguard their career. For examples, click here.

Jewelry artist Lynsey Richelle received a grant to purchase equipment that increased the air quality in her small studio. She made this video to educate others on what she learned in the process.

Metalsmith + Jeweler Maia Leppo used her Get Ready grant so she can continue to make art in the healthiest way possible. Maia purchased a portable fume extractor to minimize the fumes from the flux, solder and torch when she works.

Artist Sarah Evenson received a Get Ready Grant to purchase flat flies to protect her work between shows and sales as well as an external hard drive to back up her documentation. “This added storage and security has had a tremendous impact on my practice!” shares Sarah. Since moving to her new studio, she’s been able create more freely and confidently knowing that her works are safe.

The Get Ready Grant Program is not accepting applications at this time. Use the Get Updates form at the bottom of this page to learn when the next cycle launches.

Rain Water Collection System: Made Possible by CERF+

In the Fall of 2017, I completed building my home studio to facilitate my life-long career as a ceramic artist. I now operate out of a humble (but proud) 10ft x 16ft space complete with electricity and heat. What it lacked was access to a water supply and a wastewater disposal system. With renewable and environmentally friendly practices in mind, Michael Tepe and I have designed a rain water plumbing system and a waste collection procedure that we have finished installing in my studio.

Home Ceramics Studio Ventilation System: Made Possible by CERF+

Having the financial support of CERF+ to obtain the necessary materials needed to install a professional ventilation system, I wasted no time and got right to work. My first step was to obtain all the necessary materials.

With proper ventilation, I know that I’m protecting myself from dangerous chemicals and fumes, and firing a kiln can be a stress-free activity with minimal health related problems. With the “CERF+ Get Ready Grant” I proposed to purchase a downdraft ‘Vent-Sure’ ventilation system for my electric kiln. Equipped with a high-quality kiln vent, I will be safeguarding my health to ensure longevity in my studio.

Ceramicist Brett Beasley recently completed his graduate degree and is starting his own studio in Ames, Iowa. Brett applied for a “Get Ready” grant and received funds to purchase a ventilation system for his kiln. Read more about Brett’s journey opening his own studio.

Legacy planning was perhaps the last aspect woodworker J. Leko had not addressed professionally. He applied for a “Get Ready” Grant to get started.  Leko explains, “It will reduce the administrative, physical, and legal burden you leave to family and friends when you’re gone; can help preserve your reputation by protecting your name and works and can provide an incentive for clients to purchase more of your work now!”  Read more.

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