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COVID-19

Resources, Grants, and Short-term Relief

Following are links to resources that may be helpful to you or your organization during the COVID-19 pandemic

News & Updates

Small businesses, nonprofits and residential landlords that received Paycheck Protection Program amounts of $50,000 or less may now be eligible for a low-interest loan from New York Forward Loan Fund to support reopening (not a forgiveable loan). 

Mohawk Valley Economic Development District (MVEDD) CARES Act Revolving Loan Fund OpensThe CARES Act Revolving Loan Fund is a new economic recovery loan program designed to alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This fund provides low interest loans (up to $200,000) to coronavirus-impacted small businesses in Montgomery, Fulton, Oneida, Herkimer, Otsego and Schoharie counties.

Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness FAQ's (courtesy of Americans for the Arts website)

The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act, signed into law on 6/5, provides borrowers more flexibility for loan forgiveness. The loan covered period was extended from 8 weeks to 24 weeks.

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application

The Americans for the Arts Action Fund shared the following news:

On June 8, 2020, the Federal Reserve announced the expansion of the Mainstreet Lending Program to small and medium-size businesses. While these types of loans are not the forgivable type and were previously only available to major corporations, the terms may be attractive and provide much more flexibility for use of funds. $75 billion is being made available for these loans through the CARES Act

CARES Act Table of Loans, Grants, and Compensation Opportunities for the Arts - Link to very detailed information about CARES Act federal funding for both nonprofit agencies and individual artists, along with a robust FAQ section

Reopening Resources

NYSCA offers a Reopening and Recovery resource page featuring NYS and federal guideline links plus a variety of alliance and consortium industry guideline resources. NYSCA's website also includes a NYSArts Now Reopening page with a list of NYS cultural organization venues now open or opening soon. 


New York Forward - Phase 4 information
To view full guidelines, click here.

Arts, culture and heritage agencies and groups that are planning events and activities should refer to the New York Forward Business Reopening LookUp tool for guidance on eligibility to reopen, restrictions, industry-specific public health and safety guidelines, an affirmation form and business safety plan. 

Low risk outdoor includes outdoor zoos, botanical gardens, nature parks, grounds of historic sites and cultural institutions, outdoor museums, outdoor agritourism, local agricultural demonstrations and exhibitions; and other similar institutions/activities.

Low risk indoor includes indoor museums, historical sites, aquariums and other related institutions

Agencies that these guidelines apply to must go to the link and view the summary guidelines, read and affirm the guidelines and then prepare a safety plan that they will keep at their place of business.


 

Discussions & Webinars

September 23, 10:30 am - 11:30 am EDT:  The PAC in Your Living Room: (virtual) Coffee Hour Conversations - Building the Future Now will imagine a future for the performing arts, built upon the challenges and innovations of the current cultural landscape. Join us for a conversation that examines the lessons of the moment and envisions new forms of artistic engagement as we move deeper into the new decade.

If you missed the live webinars from The Arts Center at Purchase College, recorded presentations of The PAC in Your Living Room virtual coffee hour are available online, including The Role of the Agent in the Time of COVID-19, Necessity is the Mother of Invention: Success in Presenting the Performing Arts Online, Funding for the Performing Arts: Surveying the Regional Landscape in the Time of Social Distancing, and Keep the Arts Thriving: How Can Artists, Agents, and Institutions Work Together in Revenue-Free Models During This Time of Social Distancing (text summary).

Bond, Schoeneck and King offers recorded and weekly webinars on a variety of COVID-19 related topics for businesses, such as reopening, best practices, liability, employment law, and more.

NYSCA Presents offers free webinars for cultural workers, artists and creatives. Current recorded webinars: Guiding Board Members and Continuing Your Mission During COVID and Beyond, Moving your Content into the Digital World: Legal Guide for Individual Artists and Arts Organizations, Arts Online: COVID Communications and Beyond, and Debunking the Top 5 Fundraising Myths in the Time of COVID-19

Mid-Day Meditation at The Actors Fund; 12 pm - 12:30 pm Monday through Friday; Free; Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)  

Reopening Resources

New York Forward - Phase 4 information
To view full guidelines, click here

Low risk outdoor includes outdoor zoos, botanical gardens, nature parks, grounds of historic sites and cultural institutions, outdoor museums, outdoor agritourism, local agricultural demonstrations and exhibitions; and other similar institutions/activities.

Low risk indoor includes indoor museums, historical sites, aquariums and other related institutions

Agencies that these guidelines apply to must go to the link and view the summary guidelines, read and affirm the guidelines and then prepare a safety plan that they will keep at their place of business.

Arts, culture and heritage agencies and groups that are planning events and activities should refer to the New York Forward Business Reopening LookUp tool for guidance on eligibility to reopen, restrictions, industry-specific public health and safety guidelines, an affirmation form and business safety plan. 

NYSCA offers a Reopening and Recovery resource page featuring NYS and federal guideline links plus  a variety of alliance and consortium industry guideline resources. 

NYS offers the Find a Test Site Near You tool, an online resource to find a free COVID-19 testing site. The site also states that:   "Individuals who have questions regarding eligibility or access for testing should call the New York State COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or visit the NYSDOH website https://covid19screening.health.ny.gov."

 

Onondaga County Economic Development Office:

economicdevelopment@ongov.net (315.435.3770) - General #
reopen@ongov.net (315.435.2210) # for reopening questions

Economic Development Office Reopen
https://www.ongoved.com/reopen-a-business/

Guide to Reopening Theatrical Venues (2nd draft edition), by the Performing Arts Center Consortium Advisory Committee on Reopening

CDC Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes

Empire State Development FAQ on Business Forward and Business Reopening

Centerstate CEO free webinar series - Keeping Workers Safe as Businesses Re-open:  Lessons from the Front Lines

Centerstate CEO Back to Business Re-Opening Toolkit

Downtown Committee (Syracuse) COVID-19 Resources including links to Industry-Specific Guidance; Financial & Operational Resources, and more


Artist Funding

Actor’s Fund (NYC) (LA) (IL)

Adolf and Esther Gottlieb Foundation

AGMA Relief Fund

Alliance of Artists Communities: Resources

American Society of Journalists and Authors Writer’s Emergency Assistance Fund

American Poets Fund- Emergency Funds

Artists’ Fellowship, Inc.

Artist Relief Fund

Artist Relief Tree

A Room of Her Own

Authors League Fund

Carnegie Fund for Authors

CERF+ List of Emergency Funds for Artists

Comprehensive List of Funding Opportunities from 3Arts

COVID-19 Musicians Fund

Directors Guild Foundation

Dramatists Guild Foundation 

Emergency Grants for Visual Artists

Emergency Grants – Women Arts

Emergency Relief Programs – Alliance of Artist Communities

Foundation for Contemporary Arts

Freelance Artist Resources

GoFundMe relief for NY/NJ/PA artists

The Haven Foundation

Hellman/Hammett Grants

Joan Mitchell Foundation

Max’s Kansas City Project (NY)

Mayer Foundation

Motion Picture Pioneers Assistance Fund

MusiCares

Musician's Emergency Relief Fund

New York Foundation for the Arts

NYSCA COVID-19 Resource Page

Pollack-Krasner Foundation

Queens Council on the Arts - list of various funds for individual artists

Rauschenberg Emergency Grants

The Rema Hort Mann Foundation

Rhythm & Blues Foundation

Rosenberg Fund For Children

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Emergency Medical and Legal Fund

Springboard for the Arts

Sweet Relief Musicians’ Fund

Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights

Also see NYS Department of Labor Resource Guide at the top of this list


Other Artist Resources

NYSCA COVID-19 Resource Page In addition to funding resources, this page lists information on legal resources, virtual workspaces, digital tools for artists, stress management, and more

Webinar/Panel: Artists in a Time of Global Pandemic


Arts Organization Funding

Central New York Community Foundation Impact Grant

Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties

Emerson Foundation

Gilbert Fund

HNY CARES Emergency Relief Grants
501c3 organizations in NYS with humanities mission & budgets under $500,000

Mayer Foundation

The Mohawk Valley COVID-19 Response Fund - The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties and United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area's community-wide fund to support organizations responding to human services needs in Herkimer and Oneida counties resulting from the impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic. 

NYCON: Nonprofit Resources 

NYSCA COVID-19 Resource Page

Onondaga Small Business Development Center - Resources for small businesses and entrepreneurs, including a county specific resource list for Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga, Oswego, and Seneca Counties

Pollack-Krasner Foundation

Springboard for the Arts

Also see NYS Department of Labor Resource Guide & NEA CARES Act Funding at the top of this list.

 


Other Arts Organizations Resources

Arts Ready Alert – Preparing for the Potential Impact of Coronavirus

Grantmakers for the Arts Resource List

Lawyers Alliance for New York: ”Protecting Your Nonprofit from COVID-19” 

National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness & Emergency Response

National Endowment for the Arts: COVID-19 FAQ Response

NYCON: Nonprofit Resources 

NYSCA COVID-19 Resource Page In addition to funding resources, this page lists information on legal resources, virtual workspaces, digital tools for artists, setting up an emergency fund, stress management, and more

TSNE MissionWorks Resource List - COVID-19 related informational articles on a variety of topics for nonprofits

A guide to livestreaming on HowIRound TV
 
Navigating COVID-19 for Nonprofits: from Financial Triage to Scenario Planning