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Craft Emergency Relief Fund

What CERF+ Doesn’t Fund

1. Artists working in the following media:

Note: Exceptions may be made in instances where the medium is a component in a craft object produced by the artist.

  • Media commonly classified as “fine art” including: painting; printmaking; sculpture collage and assemblage (except where there is a demonstrable connection to craft materials, processes, and objects and where the finished products sufficiently exhibit the individuality and skill of the maker).
  • Photography, film, video, and digital media.
  • Consumables: Food, beverages, soap, candles, essences, flower arrangements, etc.
  • Performing arts except craft objects used in performance such as musical instruments and puppets that meet CERF+’s eligibility criteria. Maker/performers may be eligible if the making of these objects is the primary part of their practice, and those objects meet CERF+’s other criteria for craft objects.
  • Repair, conservation, or restoration of antiques or art objects.
  • Construction of cabinets, furniture, architectural details, models or other objects from plans provided by others. These same forms may be eligible when substantially designed by the maker, and sufficiently exhibit the individuality and skill of the maker.
  • Pillows, upholstery, drapes, and clothing produced from commercially produced fabric unless the fabric has been substantially modified or altered by the artist (as in batik and quilts) and the fabric and objects sufficiently exhibit the individuality and skill of the maker.

2. Situations of financial need that result from the normal uncertainties of doing business, such as:

  • Equipment failure
  • Lack of employment
  • Poor sales
  • Poor business practices

3. Old emergencies:

CERF+ does not provide funding when the time elapsed since the event that initiated the emergency exceeds the typical recovery time for that type of emergency.

4. “Small” emergencies:

Even though you may have experienced “a recent, unforeseen emergency or triggering event that has adversely affected your ability to produce and/or market your work,” CERF+ may determine that it does not meet the threshold for emergency assistance.


Check the FAQs page. Also, review the eligibility guidelines. If after reviewing this information, you believe you may be eligible for CERF+ emergency assistance, please complete our inquiry form. If you have additional questions, please contact us.

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