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“CERF has the rare and unique foresight to support preparedness and prevention in advance of a disaster to minimize the effects of unforeseen circumstances.

The CERF+ “Get Ready” Grant was of great help to me make the final transition into a new working space. It afforded me the opportunity to improve the safety of my studio by adding fire extinguishers, a smoke and carbon monoxide alarm and an eye wash, as well as buy an external hard drive as a computer safeguard. In addition, I was able to purchase an archiving database to track the provenance of each sculpture and organize legacy records for estate preparedness.”

–  Ceramicist Eric Serritella

Artists “Get Ready” Grants

In 2017, CERF+ will award “Get Ready” Grants of up to $500 to individual artists and up to $1,500 to groups of artists in two grant cycles. The “Get Ready” Grant Program encourages awareness of and provides funding for artists working in

craft disciplines Craft is the creation of original objects through the skillful manipulation of materials. These materials were traditionally considered to be clay, fiber, metal, wood, or glass. However, today’s artist working in a craft discipline may also employ concrete, plastic, synthetic fibers, recycled materials and other non-traditional materials. 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 conduct activities that will help safeguard their studios, protect their careers and implement other safety measures to help artists build and sustain strong and resilient careers.

The deadline for our “Get Ready” Grant cycle 2 has passed. Award announcement: January 1, 2018
Stay tuned for the next deadline to be posted.


Learn more about the projects funded in our first cycle of “Get Ready” Grants!

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.

Allied Woodshop in Los Angeles, CA received a $1,500 grant to improve fire safety in their shop. They used their “Get Ready” funds to purchase cabinets, fire-safe trash cans, fire extinguishers, and a ventilation system for their finishing room. Read more.

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.

ELIGIBLE "GET READY" GRANT ACTIVITIES

Grant funds may be used to purchase goods and/or services that will have a direct impact on protecting an artist’s career and increasing emergency readiness. Artists are encouraged to use the Risk Assessment activity to generate ideas and review recommended activities in the Get Ready and Studio Safety sections of the CERF+ website.

Examples of eligible activities include:

View examples of “Get Ready” Grant project proposals:

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, enhancing the artistic capabilities of the applicant, or the marketing and sales of the applicant’s artwork are not eligible.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

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

  • Be an artist or a group of artists with an ongoing history of producing a body of work in
    a craft discipline or disciplines Craft is the creation of original objects through the skillful manipulation of materials. These materials were traditionally considered to be clay, fiber, metal, wood, or glass. However, today’s artist working in a craft discipline may also employ concrete, plastic, synthetic fibers, recycled materials and other non-traditional materials. 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.

    (such as woodworkers, fiber artists, metalsmiths, glass potters, furniture makers, cultural-based craft, or alternative craft).

  • Be a legal U.S. resident.
TO APPLY

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. If for some reason you are not able to apply online, please contact us. Mailed in applications will also be considered.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The CERF+ staff is available to answer questions. Please contact Les Snow for further information: (802) 229-2306 or les@cerfplus.org.

View our Quick Reference Guide

REQUIRED SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION

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

  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 emergency readiness project
    • An explanation of how the applicant, the applicant’s artwork, studio, or other art business asset, and/or the applicant’s artistic career will be better protected as a result of the proposed project
    • An explanation of how the readiness activity will be continued after the grant funds have been expended, if applicable
    • An explanation of how the project might be used to inspire other artists to learn more about emergency readiness and career protection
  2. Information documenting an ongoing history of producing a body of work in a craft discipline(s):
    • If an individual artist:
      • A resume 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 (.doc, .docx, or pdf. format)
      • 3-5 high resolution images of your art created within the past three years (.gif, .jpeg, or .tiff format)
    • If a group of artists (Only informal artist groups or formal, all-volunteer artist groups may apply. There must be at least three active members of the group.):
      • A description of the artist group, detailing its mission and its history, including the names and contact information of two of its members (.doc, .docx, or pdf. format)
      • 3-5 high resolution images of art created within the past three years by at least three members of the artist group (.gif, .jpeg, or .tiff format)
  3. A list of estimated expenses (Entered in the application form itself) to be incurred in order to implement the project, specifying which expenses the grant will fund and the sources of funds for any other expenses.

View examples of “Get Ready” Grant project proposals:

CRITERIA FOR GRANT DETERMINATIONS
  • The impact the proposed project will have on the applicant’s emergency readiness and/or career protection
  • The potential impact the proposed project could have for inspiring other artists to learn more about emergency readiness and/or career protection measures
  • The degree to which the applicant’s artwork is well designed and executed, and exhibits integrity as traditional or contemporary craft
  • The feasibility of the proposed project

Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis.

GRANT COMPLETION AND DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS

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. 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 others artists safeguard their career.

Apply For an Artists “Get Ready” Grant

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