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Grants to USA Artists for Career Resilience and Preparedness for Emergencies

Artist Get Ready Grants

GrantWatch ID# 195652
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

Important Dates
Deadline: 03/07/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $500 to USA and territories artists for career protection and emergency preparedness. Eligible applicants are crafts artists at all stages of their careers. Funding is intended for career protection, business protection and support, emergency and disaster support, and studio safeguards. Priority will be given to BIPOC and folk and traditional artists.

CERF+’s Get Ready program provides individual craft artists grants up to $500 to conduct activities that will help safeguard their studios, protect their careers and prepare for emergencies. Artists are encouraged to use the Risk Assessment activity to generate ideas.

Priority will be given to applications from people who identify in the global majority or as Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC)* and folk and traditional artists. 

Examples of eligible activities include:

Studio Safeguards

  • Safety equipment
  • Upgrading studio and/or equipment to improve studio health and safety
  • Contractor consulting
  • Purchasing safer materials and supplies

Emergency/Disaster Readiness

  • Emergency tools, supplies and equipment
  • Upgrading studio to reduce disaster risk
  • Contractor consulting
  • Theft protection measures

Business Protection & Support

  • Documentation and archiving
  • Inventory software
  • Business planning for continuity and contingencies
  • Creating secure business record-keeping systems
  • Tutorials or training in e-commerce,
  • Professional photography of their craft portfolio
  • Employing the services of website designers
  • Short-term support for childcare to allow studio work time

Career Protection

  • Legacy or estate planning
  • Financial planning services
  • Documentation or digitization of artwork and/or related records
  • Legal counsel
  • Enrolling in a professional development course or workshop to enhance career protection


Additional Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible for a “Get Ready” Grant, applicants must:
- Be an artist working in a craft discipline
- Have been residing and working in the U.S. or U.S. Territories for the last two years
- Not have received a Get Ready Grant in 2021 or 2022

Art making projects are not eligible for Get Ready Grants. Only projects for safeguarding studios, protecting studios, implementing other safety measures, or business or career protection will be considered eligible.

Pre-Application Information
This cycle will begin accepting applications on February 14th and will close on March 7th, 2023.

Risk Assessment Activity:

Number of Grants
Over sixty grants will be awarded.

Estimated Size of Grant
Up to $500

Term of Contract
Grant funds must be utilized to complete the proposed project within six months of the grant award.

Contact Information

The CERF+ staff is available to answer questions. Please contact (802) 229-2306 or

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