Last week, Sandy stormed the East Coast, turning people’s lives upside down. Were you one of them?
Artists and craftspeople were among the thousands of people dealing with damage and destruction to their homes and property from this natural disaster. If your business had losses, you have a number of options. There have been a spate of helpful articles recently which give good advice for creative entrepreneurs:
Many artists have home studios, so their recovery efforts include their living space as well. Houzz, a website dedicated to home design and décor, offers extensive tips on evaluating your damage, inspecting, documenting and cleaning up.
The Crafts Emergency Relief Fund has an enormous amount of information on how artists and craftspeople can best deal with disasters. They also offer craft artists emergency grants and loans to help keep their small businesses from failing due to emergencies and disasters. CERF+ is also sponsoring an Artists’ Relief Exchange. It’s function is to “donate items to artists in need and for artists in need to find items.”
Another emergency relief fund has been set up by Mister ArtSee, seeking donations to assist artists and art professionals in the northern New Jersey and New York areas who have suffered losses due to hurricane Sandy.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has a website set up for U.S. residents to apply for assistance, which has news feeds on a state by state basis as well as local information for your particular area.
The Council on Foundations has an extensive list of available grants for disaster relief, where foundations can list their responses with offered assistance, and the list can be viewed by those in need.
Help is also available from the Small Business Administration, where loans for disaster relief can be applied for online.