Arts Alert: PART 2 HELPFUL COVID-19 GRANTS + RESOURCES FOR ARTISTS AND ARTS NONPROFITS IN MN

I sent out the list of grants available to the arts yesterday a bunch more have hit my inbox. Here are the links:
 


The situation created by the coronavirus crisis is fast moving and confusing. You know that there are opportunities for help for both artists and arts nonprofits, but how do you wade through it all? Here are the best centralized resources for both that we’ve found.

Note that this information and more is on our coronavirus resource page www.artsMN.org/coronavirus, where we have also included statements from Minnesota’s arts supporting organizations and each of their responses to the crisis, which include flexibility for grantees and a push towards operating support to help organizations keep the lights on until the crisis is over. We will continue to share useful information for you as we find it. Hang in there, everyone.


OTHER PLACES TO LOOK
FOR SPECIAL COVID-19 GRANTS
FOR ARTISTS AND NONPROFITS
IN MINNESOTA:


LISC VERIZON SMALL BUSINESS RECOVERY FUND
Small businesses across the country are confronting extreme economic challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Financial support at this critical time can make the difference between staying in business or closing permanently, leading to lost income, jobs and economic stability. Thanks to a $2.5 million investment from Verizon, we are offering grants to help small businesses fill urgent financial gaps until they can resume normal operations or until other more permanent financing becomes available. 
Applications for the 1st round of grants must be completed by April 4th, 11:59 PM ET.  We will continue to accept applications for the 2nd round. LISC will use the Verizon funding to provide grants of up to $10,000 to businesses facing immediate financial pressure because of COVID-19—especially entrepreneurs of color, women-owned businesses and other enterprises in historically underserved communities who don’t have access to flexible, affordable capital.
What it can be used for?

  • Paying rent and utilities
  • Meeting payroll
  • Paying outstanding debt to vendors
  • Other immediate operational costs

Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation
COVID-19 Northeast Minnesota Response Fund
Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation is partnering with Head of the Lakes United Way, Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation, Northland Foundation, and Ordean Foundation, all serving people and organizations throughout Northeast Minnesota, to coordinate this fund. The priorities of this fund include:

  • Addressing the needs of staff of nonprofit organizations impacted by reduced or lost employment or benefits, as well as program providers (e.g., contractors, volunteers, etc.)
  • Supporting adaptions necessary to continue functioning (e.g., protective equipment for staff and volunteers, technology, supplies)
  • Developing community wellbeing for coping and healing, including youth development, mental health, healthy relationships, etc.

Providing one-time operating support to organizations experiencing increased demand for services, diminishing volunteer support, and those serving vulnerable populations, including Black, Indigenous, People of Color, people with physical and mental disabilities, people experiencing homelessness, people with low incomes, people with limited English proficiency, etc.

Community Opportunity Fund – one time mission support
Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation is utilizing its unrestricted funding, provided by donors who have trusted the foundation with utilizing their donations to meet the timely needs of the community, to address the needs of organizations facing challenges related to COVID-19 and resulting economic impacts. Core mission grants through the Community Opportunity Fund may be used for core operating expenditures, with a few exceptions as outlined in the attached guidelines. 

Knight Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund
This fund is intended to support the immediate needs of organizations located in Duluth. Grants will be based on the following priorities: 

  • Arts organizations, 
  • Local news reporting, 
  • Community engagement

Application Process
Proposals for these funds begin with a very brief “letter of intent” through the
online application portalLetters of intent submitted under the “COVID-19” grant program in the portal will be reviewed within 24 hours of submittal. Proposals submitted by noon on Thursday will be included in the next review of proposals. 


TWIN CITIES MUSIC COMMUNITY TRUST
Emergency relief funding for local musicians and event industry workforce. All funds donated will directly impact someone who has lost a gig due to COVID-19 and its effect on the industry. This includes night staff, door staff, bartenders, security, stage crews, tour managers, merch sellers, photographers, local musicians, and more. 
Eligibility: Minnesota residents who earn more than 50% of their annual income in the live music industry.


THE GOTTLEIB FOUNDATION
The Gottlieb Foundation has an emergency grant program specifically to support printmakers, painters and sculptors and also hosts links to national emergency relief resources for visual artists and artists from other disciplines.
Eligibility: Minimum of 10 years of experience as a working artist in the fields of printmaking, painting and sculpture. 


If you are aware of any other special funds that could be accessed by artists and creative workers and arts nonprofits, please let us know and we will spread the word. Thanks!

Sheila Smith
Executive Director
Minnesota Citizens for the Arts