Through the Tamarack Foundation

If you are an artist that has been directly affected by a significant disaster such flood, fire, or emergency medical needs, you may be eligible for the Tamarack Emergency Relief Program.

The foundation offers grants and bridge loans of up to $5,000 for artist businesses on a rolling basis to help with these events. These funds are available to artists juried into the Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia retail facility in Beckley, WV.

Priority for grants will be given by an external committee to those most severely affected by career threatening occasions that could result in the closure of business. Requests in excess of $5,000 are eligible for request, but the application must show significant need. These requests will be submitted to the committee and approved by the foundation Board of Directors.

Please contact Executive Director Renee Margocee at [email protected] with a brief summary of your situation to receive more information about obtaining funds. Please include your telephone number.

Fellow artists are to be credited for the assistance of their peers. Funds for this program are raised through the art auction portion of the foundation’s annual dinner.

Through the national Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+)

If you are an artist working in a craft discipline, you may be eligible for funds through CERF+. CERF+ is a national service organization that also provides emergency relief grants to craft artists in need.

CERF+ provides direct assistance, including:

  • Grants up to $6,000;
  • No-interest loans up to $9,000;
  • 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 visit the CERF+ website or contact the organization at 802-229-2306 or [email protected]

CERF+ also maintains the Studio Protector website with details on how to prepare before an emergency happens and what to do if and when it does.