Important FEMA Deadlines and Facts

Please see the link below for a message from FEMA about NEXT WEEK’S deadlines for filing two disaster-aid applications – one to FEMA and one to SBA.

As a private nonprofit, you must file both.

Also included is a FEMA Fact Sheet developed specifically for private nonprofits.

Click here:

Update on Hurricane Sandy Relief for New Jersey Artists and Arts Organizations

The Heritage Emergency National Task Force and FEMA, along with numerous New Jersey State partners, cosponsored a forum on federal disaster aid at Monmouth University on December 15, 2012. The forum provided information that cultural heritage stewards need to know about applying for federal disaster aid in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. FEMA specialists explained how to apply to the Public Assistance program for repairs to structures and the recovery of collections; discussed FEMA’s collections policies; and described the Individual Assistance program. A Small Business Administration (SBA) specialist explained how to apply for an SBA loan. Foundation and emergency grants available to artists and cultural organizations were also explored briefly. The presentations were followed by a Q&A session.

It appears that only 10% of total artists and arts organizations requesting aid are in New Jersey. Either we have been very lucky or people just don’t know what to do next.

Click on the button below to visit a comprehensive page of FEMA information, including forms, applications, and tips for artists and arts groups that have been affected by the storm in ANY way. FEMA deadline is extended to Jan. 30, so it’s vital to read and use this info NOW.

NJ AFTER 3 Offering Support

NJ AFTER 3 Offering Support During the Aftermath of Superstorm Sandy

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Please be aware that New Jersey After 3 was without power all of last week. We apologize to those organizations that were trying to communicate with us, and wish all of you still dealing with post hurricane issues our most sincere wishes for speedy resolutions.

New Jersey After 3 would like to share these following important announcements that may help you during this difficult recovery time. A special thank you to the New Jersey Commission on National and Community Service and the New Jersey Governor’s Office of Volunteerism for providing a great deal of helpful information in the aftermath of Sandy.

Family Safety and Election Day

In addition to learning about ways to keep your family and children safe during the aftermath of Sandy, Advocates for Children of New Jersey would also like you to be well informed about where to vote today on election day. You can find the location of your polling place by texting the word “where” to 877-877 and following the reply prompts. Click HERE for more information.
News From NJ Food Banks 
New Jersey food banks are currently in need of the following items:
Meals in a can
Canned tuna
Peanut butter
Granola bars
Canned fruit
Canned soup
Canned vegetables
Shelf stable milk

Click HERE to find a local food bank near you!

Blood Donations
According to the American Red Cross, as a result of Hurricane Sandy, almost 300 blood drives have already been canceled resulting in a shortfall of nearly 9,000 units of blood and platelets. Those of us in areas not affected by Superstorm Sandy can help our friends, neighbors and loved ones nearby. If you are eligible to give blood or platelets, please click HERE and schedule an appointment today!
Housing Needed for AmeriCorps Volunteers 

Housing is needed for 210 FEMA AmeriCorps members. These AmeriCorps members are being called into action to help during this time of need. They will be based in Trenton, but will ultimately be dispatched across the state from 11/1/12 through 11/30/12. These members will serve as case managers for people who are displaced due to Superstorm Sandy.

Housing can be basic (Think: gym, church basement, empty house, etc)
The members will have their own cots
Members need access to a kitchen and shower.
The Corporation for National & Community Service, New Jersey Office, will piecemeal units together, but prefer to have at least a 2 week minimum stay for groups no smaller than 10.

Please contact the state office at 609.989.2246 with any information

Nonprofit Community 

The nonprofit community can play an important role in recovery efforts for Superstorm Sandy. Pro Bono Partnership is offering legal assistance on issues that your organization may be facing as a result of this emergency. To learn how your organization can help, click HERE.

We wish all of our partners a safe and speedy recovery after Superstorm Sandy.


In the wake of Hurricane Sandy we hope this message finds you, your families, friends and colleagues well, and that you have been able to ride out this storm safely.

Our thoughts are with those who have been deeply impacted by this week’s events. We know that for many of you your losses are tremendous, impacting not only yourselves, but your entire community as well.

If you are – or know of – a visual artist who has been affected by the hurricane pleasecontact us. The Foundation has funding allocated specifically for emergency assistance to painters and sculptors affected by natural disasters. Additionally, we have access to information about other organizations that may be able to assist you.

If you are an arts organization working with visual artists and have been negatively impacted, please reach out to us as well. We are working in partnership with other funders to assess the needs of the visual arts community and identify the best ways of supporting its recovery.

In the meantime, for anyone who has been impacted, we urge you to document your losses as thoroughly as possible. This should be done by taking photographs and keeping records of damage to your home, studio, office, and/or artwork, as well as keeping records of all related expenses going forward.

Please note that due to the hurricane, the Foundation’s office is closed and we cannot be reached by phone until power is restored to West Chelsea.

We know that communication for many is very limited now, but our staff can be reached by email at:

Additionally you can contact us through our Facebook page here.

Please share your stories, your experiences, and let us know if you need assistance. We’re here to help.

NYFA Emergency Relief Fund

Application Now Open

The application for the NYFA Emergency Relief Fund for artists in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York affected by Hurricane Sandy is now available. Visit or for details. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and grants made every two weeks. Leadership funding for this program has been provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation, The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and The Lambent Foundation.

In addition to the extraordinary generosity of the institutional funders cited above, we have been tremendously moved by the outpouring of support from artists and the arts community to support those in need. To date: Marylyn Dintenfass; Econet Wireless Group, South Africa; Grey Area; Paddle 8; Performa, and University Galleries of Illinois State University have all held or scheduled fundraisers or auctions, donated sale proceeds, or otherwise contributed to the fund. Any individuals, organizations or companies interested in making contributions or planning special events to benefit the fund can either donate online (please check the Relief Fund box) or contact Director of New Initiatives Dena Muller at for further information on ways to participate.

In addition to these direct grants, NYFA has other resources available:

* We have lowered the administration fee on cash flow loans we provide to organizations to 3% through the end of the 2012 calendar year. For more information this program, visit: or email Sebi Vitale,

* Source, our database of opportunities, has a comprehensive list of grant and loan program, housing resources, legal resources and other information, both national and state-by-state, to help artists who suffered loses.

For Organizations:

The Warhol Foundation and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation will both address non-profit organizations in need through an emergency fund with The Andy Warhol Foundation making grants to visual arts organizations and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation making grants to other cultural organizations. For more information, please visit

United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

With leadership from United Way of New York City, United Ways along the Eastern Seaboard have established the United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund to address near-term and long-term recovery needs of communities most affected by the hurricane. Contributions to the Fund will be used by United Ways in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, DC and West Virginia to address recovery needs in communities that FEMA has declared disaster areas. We give our sincere thanks to United Way of New York City who will manage the regional fund.
Visit to donate to the Fund. You can also use your phone to text RECOVERY to 52000 to make a $10 donation.
There are three things we’d like you to consider doing to help out:
On your website, add a link to the United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund, and information about the text-to-give option – text RECOVERY to 52000 to make a $10 donation
Promote the Fund link and text-to-give option in social media (use #sandyfund)
Promote the use of 2-1-1 and for people seeking help as well as seeking opportunities to volunteer
More Information:
Read the Press Release about the Fund sent by United Way of New York City sent today.
2-1-1s: Connect People with Human Services as well as Volunteer Opportunities
Hurricane Sandy has battered countless United Way communities up and down the Eastern Seabord and across the Northeast. United Way 2-1-1s have been activated by Governors or State Offices of Emergency Management in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Rhode Island, Vermont, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, Virginia and North Carolina. Please encourage your family and friends affected by this storm to reach out to United Way 2-1-1 for assistance, and whether people are affected or not, 2-1-1 can help connect people with volunteer opportunities. Visit to connect with your 2-1-1 online and follow @211us on Twitter.
If you have questions about the United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund, please send an email to Elwanda Young, United Way of New York City at

You can also contact Linda Daily at United Way Worldwide –, +1 703.836.7112 x474.

Thank you for your support. LIVE UNITED

Stacey Stewart
President, United Way U.S.A.


Many artists and arts organizations in our region are working to recover from severe damages as a result of the storm. Below is a list of recovery resources we are aware of that we hope you will find helpful.  If you know of other resources please forward the information to and the Council will share with others in the field.

Your first steps should be to call FEMA and the SBA

Federal Emergency Management Assistance (FEMA)

Residents and business owners who suffered damage due to Hurricane Sandy can begin applying for Federal Emergency Management Assistance (FEMA). To register go to or call 1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) between 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Saturday until further notice.


Guide to Navigating FEMA and SBA Disaster Aid for Cultural Institutions

This website is meant as a general guide for cultural institutions seeking federal funding to aid in disaster response and recovery.


Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+)

CERF+ (Craft Emergency Relief Fund + Artists’ Emergency Resources) along with its partners in the National Coalition for Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response are committed to providing and connected people to emergency relief.

–          CERF+ Artists’ Relief ExchangeIf you know an artist who needs help and/or if you can offer help (supplies, equipment, a place to stay or work, help in clean up, etc.), join in this Exchange.

–          CERF+ Emergency Response web page: A compilation of the most critical resources including tips on getting assistance from FEMA, a listing of arts sector emergency resources, and some of the most relevant parts of theStudio Protector Online Guide such as information about disaster assessment and salvage.

–          CERF+’s disaster relief assistance: Grants up to $3,000 and interest-free loans up to $8,000 for any professional craft artist who has suffered significant losses.

American Institute for Conservation—Collections Emergency Response Team (AIC-CERT)
The American Institute for Conservation, the national association of conservation professionals, is offering free emergency response assistance to cultural organizations with collections. AIC-CERT is supported and managed by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation (FAIC) and consists of a force of 107 “rapid responders” trained to assess damage and initiate salvage of cultural collections after a disaster has occurred.  AIC-CERT volunteers have provided advice to dozens of museums, libraries, and archives and they remain ready to assist.

Resources and information on disaster recovery and salvage:

Get advice or make an appointment, call the 24-hour assistance line: 202.661.8068


New Jersey Office of Emergency Management


NJ 2-1-1 Hurricane Response and Recovery

On this page and those linked to it you will find information about FEMA assistance and how to apply; clean-up resources and local recovery efforts.


Library of Congress
Emergency Drying Procedures for Water Damaged Collections


National Trust for Historical Preservation
Preparation & Response for Cultural Institutions




NJ Business Action Center
To support the recovery of New Jersey’s businesses and protect the overall economic interests of our state in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Governor Chris Christie and Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno have announced a series of business assistance services for those affected by the storm. Among these vital services are those related to financial support, information on temporary space, and technical assistance for impacted businesses.
Learn more:
Call: 1.866.534.7789



ArtsReady provides general and arts-specific preparedness guidance, information on response and recovery resources available to artists and arts organizations, and access to the broad ArtsReady network.

Learn more:

Call: 404.874.7244


Cooperative Business Assistance Corporation
Cooperative Business Assistance Corporation (CBAC) is a nonprofit organization providing market or below market interest rate business loans and technical assistance to small businesses located in or moving into the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey region.   


UCEDC – A Non-Profit Economic Development Corp
UCEDC is an economic development corporation dedicated to providing a variety of services for small businesses including helping them get back to business as quickly as possible after a disaster. Their services include loans to small businesses when conventional lending sources are out of reach.
Learn more:
Call: 908.527.1166


The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and Lambent Foundation (a project of the Tides Center) today announced a two-pronged major relief effort to assist artists and non-profit arts organizations who suffered serious damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

At a special meeting this morning, the Warhol Foundation Board of Directors approved an allocation of $2 million, half to go to affected visual arts organizations and half to individual artists. The Rauschenberg Foundation and Lambent Foundation will augment the fund.

The Warhol Foundation and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation will both address non-profit organizations in need through the site: with The Andy Warhol Foundation making grants to visual arts organizations and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation making grants to other cultural organizations.  All three foundations will pool their assets to assist individual artists through the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) ( ).  In administering this re-granting program, NYFA will work closely with its community network, local arts contacts and other organizations in the affected tri-state region.

Joel Wachs, President of The Andy Warhol Foundation, said these emergency grants are in the spirit and tradition of the foundation’s long history of rapid response to devastating events such as 9/11 and Katrina; and Michael Straus, Chair of the Warhol Foundation Board noted that the emergency grants greatly honor the legacy of Andy Warhol and are being made possible by the Foundation’s increased sales of Warhol’s art, including this week’s sale at Christie’s.

“Every effort helps in a state of emergency – we are struck by the scope of need,” said Christy MacLear, Executive Director of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. “Pooling our resources with other artist foundations will help simplify the points of access for both artists and organizations – hopefully making the process of request as simple as possible for those hardest hit.”