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Greetings from CERF+,

This message is going out to CERF+’s contacts in coastal counties along the eastern seaboard and to statewide arts organizations. As you are most likely aware, Hurricane Irene is currently strengthening as it heads to the US East Coast.

We would like to remind you that CERF+’s Studio Protector online guide is the source for emergency preparedness and recovery information for artists. Visit the site now for suggested measures to take in advance of and in the aftermath of a hurricane. 

CERF+ would also like to make sure that any professional craft artist who may be seriously affected by the hurricane is aware of the disaster relief assistance available from CERF+.

If, as a craft artist, you suffer a loss, please contact us when able. If, as an arts organization representative, you know of craft artists in an affected area, or plan to correspond with your artist constituents in the near future, please pass this information on. If there are organizations that directly work with artists in your community that you think we should know about, please send us their contact information.

CERF+’s programs include: 

Grants up to $2,500; 

  • No-interest loans up to $8,000; 
  • Booth fee waivers at craft shows; 
  • Discounts on materials and equipment from suppliers and manufacturers; 
  • Assistance with business development through referrals to consultants and other low or no-cost resources

 For eligibility requirements and more detailed information, please click here or contact us at:


PO Box 838

Montpelier, VT 05601

ph: (802) 229-2306

fx: (802) 223-6484




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