CERF+

How Applications are Evaluated

An applicant must meet the eligibility requirements and submit a completed application with all required supporting documents in order to have his/her application reviewed. Within two weeks of receiving the completed application and documentation, CERF+ will notify the applicant if he/she has been determined to qualify for assistance. Successful applicants will receive notification that includes the award amount and information regarding other assistance CERF+ may be able to provide.

CERF+'s decision about the amount of funding, the type of funding (grant and/or loan) and an applicant’s access to other services shall be based on the criteria listed below. The weight given each criterion varies depending on the type of assistance.

Grants

  • Severity of emergency
  • Quality of applicant's work
  • Professionalism (as indicated by submitted materials)
  • Impact of the grant on the applicant's ability to recover
  • Impact the applicant's career has had on the craft field (local, regional, or national)

Loans

  • Ability of the applicant to assume additional debt (Credit score determines the initial maximum potential loan. A relatively low level of annual craft business related income reported to the IRS can reduce the loan amount after all other criteria is considered.)
  • The degree to which the applicant has shown their craft business activity will meet the repayment obligations of the loan
  • Quality of applicant's work
  • Professionalism (as indicated by submitted materials)
  • Impact the applicant's career has had on the craft field (local, regional, or national)

 

Have questions about CERF+’s emergency relief assistance for professional craft artists? Complete our Emergency Assistance Inquiry form and we will contact you.