- An Artist's Guide to Virtual Events: How to perform like a pro-from your living room by Lara Ehrlich and Tiffany Hopkins. Tiff is the media producer and Lara is the director of marketing at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas. Whether you have a home office or just a corner of the kitchen table, you can construct a professional production studio in your own home. All you really need is a camera, a mic, and the internet.
- Event Safety Alliance - The Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide, released in May and now downloaded 30,000 times, has been an invaluable guide to many for the details on reopening safely. Six months later, the Event Safety Alliance has released an update that highlights what we have learned about how event professionals might safely get through this pandemic, providing links to useful materials, and updating recommendations based on current science and the experiences of those attempting to resume live events. Download here.
- 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 email@example.com.
- 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 Fund - The 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
- Creative Capital - List of funds and resources
- The CT CARES Small Business Grant program is being offered by the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD). It is a $50 million grant program to help small businesses and non-profits in Connecticut recover from the ongoing challenges of COVID-19. Through the CT CARES Small Business Grant program, eligible businesses and nonprofits can receive a one-time $5,000 grant and all funds will be disbursed to approved applicants by December 30, 2020. Although minimal, there are specific eligibility requirements to receive the grant. Please review the eligibility requirements to make sure your business or nonprofit meets the requirements before you apply. Program Overview | Frequently Asked Questions | Contact Information and Additional Support | Click HERE to view this content in Español.
- FCA Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund - In light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the artist community, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts is creating a temporary fund to meet the needs of experimental artists who have been impacted by the economic fallout from postponed or canceled performances and exhibitions. For as long as our Board of Directors determines it is necessary and prudent to do so, the Foundation will disburse one-time $2,000 grants to artists who have had performances or exhibitions canceled or postponed because of the pandemic. For application and eligibility requirements click here.
- GrantStation - COVID-19 Related Funding
- Greater New Haven Creative Sector Relief Fund - Application | Donations
- 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
- Unfinished Business - A program by Hennessy that provides immediate relief and long-term support to Black, Asian, and Latinx small-business owners. APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN - November 17 through November 23, 2020. Apply 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.
- The COVID-19 Fundraising Template Kit for Nonprofits - The COVID-19 Fundraising Template Kit for Nonprofits equips your team to easily craft fundraising campaigns that engage your donors at home.
SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE
Connecticut Small Business Administration Loans
Small businesses and nonprofit organizations in Connecticut that have been negatively impacted by the global COVID-19 outbreak are eligible for disaster relief loans of up to $2 million from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 provides a starting point for businesses and will be updated as new information and guidance becomes available.
- 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.
City of New Haven - Neighborhood Cultural Vitality Grant
- GRANT EXTENSIONS AND CANCELATION
Cancelation - Recipients can submit a written request to release the remaining award funding. Additionally, recipients can submit the initial payment form for items expended towards the grant to date. The request should include a breakdown of the expenses. ** Please note: if agreement cancelation is opted, the organization will be eligible to apply for funding in 2021.
Extension and Amendments - Recipients are eligible to extend or amend their contracts through December 15, 2021.
Requests for extensions should be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 15, 2020. **Please note: If the agreement extension is opted, the organization will not be eligible to apply for 2021 grant funding. Extension requests may include a 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.
- GRANT FINAL REPORTS
If the awarded program has been completed, please forward a final report along with the request for final payment no later than December 31, 2020.
- 2021 GRANT FUNDING CYCLE
To be announced.
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 (CTH) has been awarded a grant in the amount of $100,000 to partner with the CT Office of the Arts (COA) to provide support for arts and cultural organizations in Connecticut. The grant, awarded by the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA) Board of Directors, is part of an overall $3m in grants from CHEFA’s newly established FY 2021 CHEFA COVID-19 Grant Program.
- The guidelines and application period for the CTH CHEFA Cultural Relief Grants will be announced in September 2020. To be notified, subscribe to CTH’s e-news and follow @CTHumanities on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
- 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: email@example.com
Challenge America and Local Arts Agencies Specialist, Lara Holman Garritano: firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of State, Regional and Local Partnerships, Michael Orlove: email@example.com
- Assistant Grants Management Specialist Partnership Division Alexzandra Fogle: firstname.lastname@example.org
Division Coordinator, Partnership, Jennifer Lindow Eskin: email@example.com
- 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.