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Craft Emergency Relief Fund

CERF+ Grants to Help Artists Recover From a Disaster


Beadworker + Beneficiary Teri Greeves

Beadworker + Beneficiary Teri Greeves

CERF+’s Emergency Grants are designed to provide immediate help to eligible artists working in craft disciplines (such as woodworkers, fiber artists, metalsmiths, glass artists, potters, and furniture makers) after serious emergencies.

  • Emergency Grant ($6,000 potential maximum)

Available to established artists working in craft disciplines. An artist may apply for this emergency assistance under one of three categories. Artists with:

    • An established craft business
    • An established, alternative craft career
    • An ongoing history in folk and traditional arts
  • Emerging Artist Emergency Grant ($3,500 potential maximum)

Available to emerging artists working in craft disciplines. CERF+ loans are not available to those qualifying for this grant program.

Read the eligibility details here.

Note: If you receive a grant, you are required to report the funds as income when filing your IRS tax form.


CERF+’s Emergency Recovery Loan can be used by an eligible artist working in a craft discipline to re-establish, improve, or possibly expand his/her work capacity after an emergency.

  • The maximum potential Emergency Recovery Loan is $9,000.

No interest is charged and loans must be repaid within five years. To be considered for an Emergency Recovery Loan, applicants must answer all applicable application questions and provide a cash flow projection statement for the next 12 months as well a short, loan-related business plan.

Read the eligibility details here.

Applicants may request a loan, grant or both.


Brokered AssistanceSkutt Kiln with Ceramicist Ben Medansky

Artists working in craft disciplines who meet eligibility requirements may receive brokered assistance in addition to direct financial assistance:

Booth Fee Discounts + Waivers at Craft Shows

We will act on behalf of a beneficiary to solicit booth fee waivers and discounts for shows in which the artist has an exhibition history.

Discounts + Donations of Craft Supplies and Equipment

We may be able to secure discounts on and/or donations of supplies and equipment by brokering directly with suppliers, manufacturers, and others.


Complete our Emergency Assistance Inquiry form and we will contact you.

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