CERF+

Supporting Documentation

In addition to submitting an application, an applicant must submit documentation that substantiates his/her craft career and emergency:

All applications must include:

  • A resume outlining your accomplishments as a craft artist, including: exhibitions and shows, publications featuring your work, education, awards, teaching experiences, etc.
  • IRS 1040 Forms and Schedule C’s from the last two years and, if a corporation, corporate tax returns from the last two years. Transcripts of lost federal Form 1040 tax returns can be mailed to you by contacting the IRS at 1-800-908-9946 or online. Allow five to ten days to receive the returns.
  • Documentation of your work (color original photographs or quality copies of originals; electronic versions or a web address where your work can be seen are also acceptable). If you would like any materials returned, please include a list of items to be returned and a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
  • Documentation of the emergency: fire or police department report; newspaper story related to the emergency; itemized lists and/or photos of lost or destroyed merchandise, equipment, buildings, etc. Ideally, photos are high quality prints or high resolution digital images. Including yourself in the photo is also helpful, but not essential. If a medical emergency, provide a written prognosis from your doctor or other health provider.

Emergency Recovery Loan Applications

In addition to the above documentation, the following must be included:

  • A detailed cash flow projection statement for your craft business for the next 12 months. An Excel spreadsheet template is available for this purpose at the Applications page.
  • A one-page loan plan outlining:
    • your planned use for the loan funds
    • the assumptions you made in projecting income and expenses in your cash flow statement
    • the assumptions you made regarding any reduced capacity caused by the emergency that may be an obstacle to loan repayment
    • any other information you can provide regarding how your craft business activity will enable you to meet the obligations of the loan

Emerging Professional Craft Artist Grant Applications

In addition to the "All applications must include" documentation outlined above (except for tax returns, which are NOT required for this grant), the following must be demonstrated and included:

  • Outstanding quality and depth of work represented by at least 10 images of recent work
  • Recent exhibitions record documented through a verifiable listing of key exhibitions
  • Catalogs of recent exhibitions, reviews of exhibitions, articles documenting work, and/or other documentation that helps establish professionalism, excellence, and involvement in the craft field
  • Listing of fellowships, awards, honors, university or other professional training, workshops, residencies, and commissions
  • At least three professional references, including their professional affiliation and contact information. There is no need for written references.
  • A brief (one page) statement discussing the nature and objectives of your work and explaining why you believe the 50% income requirement should be waived for your work
  • A brief (one page) statement discussing the steps you have taken and plan to take to operate your craft art business in a professional manner (business plan summary, accounting system, insurance, business related education, etc).

Alternative Professional Craft Artist Applications

In addition to the "All applications must include" documentation above, the following must be demonstrated and included:

  • Outstanding quality and depth of work represented by at least 10 images of recent work
  • Ongoing and substantive exhibitions record documented through a verifiable listing of key exhibitions
  • Catalogs of recent and past exhibitions, reviews of exhibitions, articles documenting work, and/or other documentation that helps establish professionalism, excellence, and involvement in the craft field
  • Listing of fellowships, awards, and honors
  • At least three professional references, including their professional affiliation and contact information. There is no need for written references.
  • A brief (one page) statement discussing the nature and objectives of your work and explaining why you believe the 50% income requirement should be waived for your work.

 

A PDF version of this list of supporting documents ("CERF+ application checklist") is available for download at the Applications page.

 

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