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EMERGENCY FUNDS

  • Actors Fund - Emergency Assistance
  • Anonymous Was A Woman - Relief Grant
  • 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
  • Chelsea Groton Bank - Local and regional charitable organizations in the areas of Animal Welfare, Arts and Culture, Economic Development, Education, Environment, Health and Human Services, Housing, and Youth Activities, should visit www.chelseagroton.com/CGFoundation to access the online application portal and more details on specific requirements. Deadline for applications is April 17.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Rauschenberg Emergency Grants - The fund provides one-time cash grants of up to $5,000 to cover expenses caused by one-time, unexpected medical emergencies.
  • WomenArts - Emergency Funds List
  • Unemployment Insurance + Medicaid/HUSKY Health Services - expanded benefit details here
  • Fundraising in Difficult Times - Templates from Fractured Atlas to help you solicit support during the COVID-19 crisis and other difficult moments.

 

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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

FUNDER UPDATES

City of New Haven

  • Neighborhood Cultural Vitality Grant
    Grant recipients with projects and activities scheduled through April 30, 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.
      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

  • 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
  • CARES ACT - The National Endowment for the Arts has posted the applications guidelines for Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds almost a month earlier than we originally planned. Implementation of the CARES Act and quickly providing those funds to arts organizations to preserve jobs and keep their doors open is the top priority of the Arts Endowment. The application guidelines can be found on the National Endowment for the Arts website. Part 1 deadline April 22.
  • 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.
     
    We recognize this is an inconvenience for those organizations planning to apply under this opportunity. However, those applicants should instead apply to the Grants for Arts Projects opportunity, with a deadline of July 9, 2020.
     
    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.)
  • 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
       

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

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