We always knew that the pandemic would be both a sprint and a marathon and that our ongoing response would need to be multifaceted, accessible, and long-term. Over the last 19 months, CERF+'s response has involved multiple strategies and a mix of direct aid to individual artists and indirect services to the creative sector at large.
Last month, CERF+ awarded a fourth cycle of COVID-19 Relief Grants totaling $300,000 to 300 artists from 40 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. Over four cycles, we received more than 7,000 applications and provided 1,425 grants totaling more than $1.75 million to artists from 49 States, 3 U.S. Territories, and the District of Columbia.
Understanding that COVID-19 was disproportionately impacting marginalized communities, CERF+ prioritized artists that are typically underserved by grantmakers. As a result, 72% of CERF+'s COVID-19 grantees were Black, Indigenous, People of Color, 20% were folk/traditional artists, and 61% of recipients were new to CERF+.
Funding was made possible with generous support from our individual donor community, along with funding from the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, GlobalGiving, The Haven Foundation, The Margaret A. Cargill Fund at the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation, and Windgate Foundation.
Thank you for your support!