CERF+

Supporting Documentation

In addition to submitting an application, an applicant must submit documentation that substantiates his/her career as a professional artist working in a craft discipline and emergency:

All applications must include:

  • A resume detailing your accomplishments as an artist working in a craft discipline is helpful to our review committee in getting a clear picture of your career. It does not need to be longer than one to two pages (although you need not spend time editing a longer resume or cv). The resume should list exhibitions and shows; publications featuring your work; awards; education; teaching experiences; and/or any other accomplishments that will help us evaluate your career as a professional artist working in a craft discipline.
  • The first two pages of your IRS Form 1040 and the Schedule C for your craft business from the last two years. If your craft business is a corporation, then the first two pages of your IRS Form 1040 and the first two pages of your corporate tax return from the last two years. If your tax returns are not available, you can request that transcripts of your federal Form 1040 tax returns be mailed to you (allow five to ten days to receive them) or you can download them here. A request for mailing the transcripts can also be done over the phone - 1-800-908-9946. Transcripts don't look the same as the actual Form 1040, but are sufficient for CERF+ application purposes.
  • 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

Alternative Professional Artist Working in a Craft Discipline 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.

Emerging Professional Artist Working in a Craft Discipline 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 art business in a professional manner (business plan summary, accounting system, insurance, business related education, etc.).

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 artists working in craft disciplines? Complete our Emergency Assistance Inquiry form and we will contact you.