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ACCESSIBILITY

National Endowment for the Arts - With more of the arts community pivoting to an online presence and organizations are reaching more and more people through virtual events, it is more important that organizations ensure that these virtual activities are accessible to people with vision, hearing, and other disabilities, through captions, sign-language interpretations, visual description, etc. To respond to this need, the National Endowment for the Arts has expanded its resources on their website and started a blog post ensuring all audiences and participants have access to these important virtual events. For questions please email accessibility@arts.gov.

 

EMERGENCY FUNDS


  • Actors Fund - Emergency Assistance
  • Artists Relief - To help artists affected by COVID-19 and affirm their essential role in society, Joan Mitchell Foundation has joined forces with fellow arts funders to form Artist Relief, a new national, multidisciplinary initiative offering rapid, unrestricted funding of $5,000 to individual artists in all disciplines, plus additional resources to help those in need. Apply for Relief Grant.
  • Arts and Culture Leaders of Color - Emergency Fund
  • Authors League FundThe Authors League Fund helps professional writers in financial need because of medical or health-related problems, temporary loss of income, or other misfortune by providing no-strings-attached “loans” to pay for pressing expenses.
  • CERF+ - Emergency Grants and Resources for Artists
  • Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA)
    • The FY21 Supporting Arts grant program is open and accepting applications. This program provides unrestricted funding to help support CT arts organizations and municipal arts departments as they pursue their missions. This type of grant is flexible and gives the grantee the ability to use the funds where they are most needed. Grants range from $1,000-$15,000 depending upon the size of the organization. More Information: Overview of Program + Eligibility. The Supporting Arts grant grant deadline is June 29, 2020 at 11:59 pm
  • Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA) - The CHEFA COVID-19 Grant Program will focus on funding statewide efforts that are currently, or plan to be, launched by 501 (c)(3) Connecticut nonprofit entities within the next few months to respond to the crisis. The efforts can be focused on statewide programs to support Connecticut communities and residents or can be sector specific statewide funds focused on one or more of CHEFA’s four core priority areas of health care, education, child care, and cultural. Organizations seeking details may contact Betty Sugarman Weintraub, CHEFA Grant Program Manager, for more information at 860-761-8428 or bweintraub@chefa.com.
  • Connecticut Humanities (CT Humanities) - CT Humanities will be re-granting a total of $450,000 in CARES Act funding to nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations that are facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19. Grant awards will range from $2,500 to $15,000 and no match is required (maximum amount of funding that can be requested is based upon an organization’s budget size). Grants may be used for general operating expenses only (such as salaries, rent, utilities, supplies, and equipment). At least three application reviews will be conducted for all applications received by 11:59 pm on June 1, June 15, and July 1, 2020, respectively. Award notifications are made approximately two weeks following a deadline. Full eligibility and grant guidelines can be found on our website.
  • Creative Capital - List of funds and resources
  • Foundation for Contemporary Arts - Emergency Grants provide urgent funding ($500-$2,500) for visual and performing artists who incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates.
  • GrantStation - COVID-19 Related Funding
  • The Guilford Performing Arts Festival will now be offering six Artists' Awards and a total of $15,000 in grants to Connecticut performing artists who create original, new work for premiere at the 2021 festival. Awards will be given in music, dance, drama and spoken word. Applications open May 31 and close on July 31.
  • National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
    • The Grants for Arts Projects funding program awards grants to organizations of all sizes and includes projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations. The July 9 deadline is for projects that begin on or after June 1, 2021; please visit our website for more information. (Please note that applications submitted under Challenge America will not be transferred; a new Grants for Arts Projects application must be submitted by July 9.)
    • New FY2021 Our Town guidelines are posted! The deadline for applications is August 6. For this opportunity, we hope to inspire and assist applicants in preparing applications that leverage creative placemaking and innovative partnerships aiming to mitigate the social, economic, and physical impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in local communities.
      • Our Town is the National Endowment for the Arts’ creative placemaking grants program. These grants support projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes. These projects require a partnership between a nonprofit organization and a local government entity, with one of the partners being a cultural organization. Cost share/matching grants range from $25,000 to $150,000, with a minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount.
  • New Haven Creative Sector Relief Fund - Application | Donations
  • New York Foundation for the Arts - Emergency Grants List
  • PEN American Writers’ Emergency Fund - Emergency grant provides financial assistance for painters, printmakers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation. The Fund has been temporarily depleted but they are still seeking donations.
  • WomenArts - Emergency Funds List
  • Unemployment Insurance + Medicaid/HUSKY Health Services - expanded benefit details here
  • Yale Community for New Haven Fund - Through the new fund, Yale will support the delivery of healthcare, assistance to local businesses, community educational needs, and area not-for-profits focused on such pressing issues as the well-being of children and families, homelessness, and food insecurity.  The fund will focus initially on agencies providing healthcare and basic-needs services to those most affected by COVID-19. To apply or donate to the fund please click here. 
  • Fundraising in Difficult Times - Templates from Fractured Atlas to help you solicit support during the COVID-19 crisis and other difficult moments.
  • Fundraising and Media - Toolkit designed to support members of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities network in raising awareness of the importance of community-based human services organizations, which become even more vital in times of crisis. 

 

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SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE

Connecticut Small Business Administration Loans

  • Governor Ned Lamont recently announced that small businesses and nonprofit organizations in Connecticut that have been negatively impacted by the global COVID-19 outbreak are now eligible for disaster relief loans of up to $2 million from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
     
    “Small businesses and nonprofits of all types are experiencing large, sudden drops in revenue while trying to do the right thing and give employees the flexibility they need to take care of themselves and their families,” Governor Lamont said. “One of our priorities is to help them as much we can. SBA disaster relief loans are an important tool that can help Connecticut businesses.”
     
    • Loans to businesses of all sizes and private non-profit organizations
     
    • These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%. 
     
    • SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay.
     
    Learn more about the program and apply for financial assistance at www.sba.gov/disaster or call the SBA at 1-800-659-2955. You can also check out this webinar from the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce.

 

OTHER ASSISTANCE

  • Business Interruption Insurance: A business interruption insurance policy should list or describe the types of events it covers. Events that are not described in the policy are typically not covered. It is important to review the policy exclusions, coverage limits, and applicable deductibles with your agent, broker or insurer. The Connecticut Insurance Department has an FAQ that provides more information.
  • Distribution of Infrared Thermometers to Nonprofits - Entities that would like to request a thermometer can fill out the forms located at ct.gov/coronavirus in the “Access to Personal Protective Equipment” section, or through the links provided below. This distribution will continue while supplies last.
    • Small businesses: Any small business in the state that has between 2 and 100 employees are eligible to receive one thermometer per physical address. Eligible businesses seeking to request thermometers should click here.
    • Nonprofits: Nonprofits located within Connecticut are eligible to receive one thermometer per physical address. To request thermometers for nonprofits, click here. Social services and direct care nonprofits may request a thermometer through the process outlined in this memo.
    • Places of worship: Places of worship are eligible to receive one thermometer per physical address. To request thermometers for places of worship, click here.
  • HEDCO Women/Minority-Owned Small Business Line-of-Credit Program - HEDCO's Women/Minority-Owned Small Business Line-of-Credit Program remains open to offer women- and minority-owned small businesses with 1-year, 0%, potentially forgivable working-capital lines of credit of up to $20,000. For assistance applying for this line of credit, please visit HEDCO DECD COVID19 Line of Credit
  • The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses. Small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations, Veterans organizations, and Tribal businesses described in the Small Business Act, as well as individuals who are self-employed or are independent contractors, are eligible if they also meet program size standards. For more information and to apply, click here.
  • Reimbursement of medical leave costs for small and medium-sized businesses: The Connecticut Department of Insurance reminds small and medium-sized employers of recent guidance from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on COVID-19 - related medical leave.
  • The Small Business Reopening Resource Guide is available online and includes valuable information about the following topics:

    • Financial Needs – Comprehensive list of state and federal financing resources and advisory partners
    • Employee Training & Support – General and industry-specific guidance about who should be trained and what training they need
    • Physical Layout – Suggestions for maintaining operations while applying new social distancing standards
    • List of Suppliers – Detailed list of suppliers to secure masks, face shields, gloves, cleaning supplies and other resources  

    The guide, which will also be available in Spanish in the next day or two, provides a starting point for businesses and will be updated as new information and guidance becomes available. 

  • Tax filing extensions: The Department of Revenue Services has extended deadlines for filing and payments associated with certain state business tax returns. Details are on DRS's website.
  • U.S. Chamber Save Small Business Program - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has created a Save Small Business Program to provide small businesses with grants of up to $5,000. Starting today at 3:00 PM, interested businesses may apply online. For more information, please visit  Save Small Business.

FUNDER UPDATES

City of New Haven

  • Neighborhood Cultural Vitality Grant
    Grant recipients with projects and activities scheduled through May 17, 2020 the following options:
    • Cancelation
      Recipients can submit a request for funding for items expended towards the grant to date.  The request should include a breakdown of the expenses
    • Postponement
      Recipients can submit a written request for an extension for later in the granting cycle (through December 20, 2020)
      If your organization has been considering alternative solutions to grant funded programming (i.e. offering virtual or online participation; or another a different project), please submit a written request for a change in project scope.
    • Revised Scope of Services
      If your organization has been considering alternative solutions to grant funded programming (i.e. offering virtual or online participation; or another a different project), please submit a written request for a change in project scope.
    • Payment Requests
      Please note due to COVID-19 and the closure of City Hall grant recipients should expect delays in the standard 4-6 week payment processing time.  Please submit requests via email.
    • Please contact Kim Futrell to keep the City informed about disruptions, cancellations, postponements, and impact of COVID-19 on your grant.

 

Community Foundation for Greater New Haven

  • The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven and its affiliate The Valley Community Foundation are moving quickly to expedite its delivery of funding to nonprofit grantees during the COVID-19 crisis. To facilitate this support, The Foundation has made the following changes to existing grant awards and grant programs - Learn More Here

Connecticut Humanities

  • Changes to June Quick Grants:
    For the upcoming June 5, 2020, Quick Grant application deadline, organizations are asked to submit grants for projects that address ways that they can best serve their community’s needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Grant requests for non-COVID-19-response-related projects will not be accepted. For more information, click here.
  • For grantees with projects that experience delays or cancellations due to COVID-19, Connecticut Humanities will provide grant extensions or cancellations without penalty or prejudice for any future funding requests.

    Please direct any programming questions or feedback to Connecticut Humanities staff; they're here to help.

 

Connecticut Office of the Arts

  • If you have a grant to support a program or event taking place during this time of increased concern, be aware that Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) will allow you to postpone and reschedule and will, if necessary, extend the grant period. Be sure to contact the manager of the grant program via email to alert them to the charge:

 

National Endowment for the Arts

  • F.A.Q.s for Applicants and Awardees in Response to COVID-19
  • Challenge America Grant Program UPDATE - So that the Arts Endowment can effectively gear up to distribute this funding (which constitutes more than half of the agency’s annual grantmaking), the 2020 application deadline for Challenge America grants is cancelled.
  • Important contact information
    • Partnership Division (202) 682-5097
    • Challenge America and Arts Engagement in American Communities Specialist, Mary Sellers: sellersm@arts.gov
    • Challenge America and Local Arts Agencies Specialist, Lara Holman Garritano: garritanol@arts.gov
    • Director of State, Regional and Local Partnerships, Michael Orlove: orlovem@arts.gov
    • Assistant Grants Management Specialist Partnership Division Alexzandra Fogle: foglea@arts.gov
    • Division Coordinator, Partnership, Jennifer Lindow Eskin: eskinj@arts.gov
    • States and Regional Specialist, Andi, Mathis: mathisa@arts.gov

 

NewAlliance Foundation

  • ACCELERATING GRANT CYCLE AND EXPEDITING PROCESS - They are moving their customary July 1 application deadline to May 1, 2020 which enables us to deploy funds by the end of May instead of September. Only organizations who received a grant in 2019 are invited to apply for the May 1 deadline. Our application process is being streamlined and minimized to reduce time demands on non-profit staff and decrease turnaround time. Organizations receiving grants will be notified by email on or before May 15; Grant funds will be directly deposited into the organization's bank account via ACH by May 31. Find out more here
     
  • ALLOWING FLEXIBILITY IN EXPENDITURE OF GRANTS AWARDED ON MARCH 2, 2020 - Note to organizations who received grants in early March: please contact the Foundation if you need to redirect funds to address mission related changes occasioned by COVID-19.
     

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

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