Monday, February 02, 2009

Ice Storm Ravages Arkansas and Kentucky

After suffering through our own personal experiences with lack of power last week. Our brand new generator broke down! We are acutely aware that people within 50 miles of us will be without power for several more weeks to come. As always, artists have an organization they can look to for help.

Greetings from CERF.

This message is going out to arts organizations and businesses in the regions of Arkansas and Kentucky affected by the recent ice storm. We hope you and your loved ones have been able to avoid loss from the storm and we wish those who have suffered loss a quick recovery.

CERF would like to make sure that any professional craft artist who may have been seriously affected by the storm is aware of the disaster relief assistance available from CERF. If you know of craft artists in the areas hardest hit by the storm, 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 $1,500;
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;
Disaster forums to facilitate craft community disaster preparedness and recovery.
For eligibility requirements and more detailed information, please click here or contact us at:

Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF)
PO Box 838
Montpelier, VT 05601
ph: (802) 229-2306
fx: (802) 223-6484

Thank you for helping spread the word about CERF. Please contact me if you have questions.

Best wishes,

Les Snow
Operations and Financial Services Manager
Craft Emergency Relief Fund

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