For our extended family that need a lot of assistance with hurricane damage that FEMA can't help with, contact: U.S. Small Business Administration for a loan. You can request an application from the SBA over the telephone by callling 1-800-359-2227.

Here are some other resources that could be of assistance to artist:

This one is widely publicized in mags such as Art in America and was covered in Sunshine Artists article in Jan. 2003 "Grants and Loans Can Brighten an Artist's Dreariest Days".

The Adolph and Esther Foundation
Emergency Assistance Program
380 West Broadway
New York, NY 10012

Grants of up to $ 10,000 to assist established painters, printmakers & sculptors (those working in a "mature phase" for over 10 years) who face an unforeseen, catastrophic incident and who lack the resources to meet that situation. Each grant is given as a one-time assistance for a specific emergency - fire, flood,medical need.

Here is another one that was listed in the SSA article:
Change, Inc.
P.O. Box 54
Captiva, Florida 33924

Awards of up to $ 1000 for medical, living or other emergencies. Foundation established by artist Robert Rauschenberg in 1971 to aid artist under extreme emergencies.

This one could also be of some assistance to artist:
Pollack-Krasner Foundation
863 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021
Provides financial assistance to artists of recognizable merit and financial need working as painters, sculptors, mixed media - among others.

Many other organization work in combination with CERF, i.e. Florida Craftsmen,