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CERF+ offers covid-19 relief grants


CERF+, the ‘artists safety net’, launched its Covid-19 Relief Grant program in June to provide one-time $1,000 grants to meet urgent food, housing, and/or health insecurities.

“CERF+ recognizes that artists, who are so vital to the health of our communities, have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic with the sudden loss of income because of canceled shows, residencies, exhibitions, teaching opportunities, and other income-generating activities,” says the organization’s executive director, Cornelia Carey. “We acknowledge that this is a small program relative to the significant need, and we look forward to rolling out additional programs to assist with recovery.”

There are two entry deadlines: July 29 and Sept. 9, 2020.

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, according to CERF+.

Since its formation in 1985, CERF+ has assisted hundreds of professional artists working in craft disciplines with emergency financial assistance as well as resources and educational programs for any studio-based artist designed to strengthen and sustain their careers.

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This article originally appeared in the August 2020 issue.

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