Coronavirus

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HELPFUL COVID-19 GRANTS + RESOURCES FOR ARTISTS AND ARTS NONPROFITS IN MN

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. We will continue to share useful information for you as we find it. Hang in there, everyone.

Minnesota Citizens for the Arts’ mission is to ensure access to the Arts for all Minnesotans. The public health crisis caused by the Coronavirus is having a devastating effect on Minnesota’s arts community because public events and activities are our lifeblood and the impact of government ordered closures have been drastic and immediate. The situation is evolving with light speed and we don’t know how long it will last. Minnesota Citizens for the Arts will be doing the following things to support artists, arts organizations and audiences at this difficult time:

1. Provide up to date information to the field as soon as it becomes available, both via Arts Alerts (sign up by emailing staff at artsMN.org) and via this resource page for the community.
2. Convene, support and amplify arts supporting organizations and foundations as they develop new efforts to support the field, and spread the word to the field about those resources.
3. Research and identify appropriate public policy strategies in response to the unfolding situation, identify partners to pursue those strategies, and work with our elected officials.
This page will be updated as new information is available. Hang in there, friends.

1. TAKE THIS SURVEY RIGHT NOW!

AMERICANS FOR THE ARTS SURVEY OF ARTS ORGANIZATIONS TO MEASURE THE IMPACT ON THE FIELD:
We’re gathering data and impact stories through this survey link which will give us Minnesota specific data on the economic impact to arts organization in Minnesota. It should take about 5 minutes. The survey will capture a broad spectrum of data and stories that will demonstrate how the arts and culture workers triumphed and survived this crisis as well as the effect of the outbreak on operations through cancelled events, lost wages, and additional expenses. We encourage you to share this survey with your communities.
TAKE THE SURVEY: https://surveys.americansforthearts.org/s3/CoronavirusImpactSurvey

 

 

2. TAKE THIS MINNESOTA SURVEY NOW TOO!

MINNESOTA STATE ARTS BOARD AND REGIONAL ARTS COUNCIL SURVEY:
COVID-19’s impact on the creative community and support needed The Minnesota State Arts Board and Minnesota’s regional arts councils know that people and organizations in our state’s arts and creative sector are being tested and challenged as never before. The physical, emotional, and financial toll that COVID-19 is taking is beyond our ability to measure, at this point. To help us get a handle on what’s happening and guide our immediate and longer-term responses to COVID-19, we need your input. Please take FIVE MINUTES to complete a very brief and simple survey. We will begin reviewing the information on March 25, so please complete the survey by then.  However, we know that the situation is evolving every day, so we’ll keep the survey live and will continue to review new responses as we receive them.
TAKE THE SURVEY: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScVTmf-mKMvS6u_iDgxXaOZ32_c9OxWcyEmMN7PBS98W-xDPQ/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1

 

CENTRALIZED RESOURCES FOR ARTISTS & CREATIVE WORKERS


SPRINGBOARD FOR THE ARTS has expanded the guidelines of its Emergency Relief Fund to include lost income due to coronavirus/COVID-19 and has established a coronavirus resource page for artists. If you are an artist or creative worker, this central hub is for you.


NEW!  ARTIST RELIEF FUND


A consortium of funders announced the creation fo the Artist Relief Fund, a $10 million national emergency relief fund for artists and creative workers that will provide $5000 no-strings-attached grants. It is intended for anyone who earns income from their creative or artistic practice and who has also been affected by COVID-19. They are taking applications now so don’t wait!



Midway Contemporary Art: In response to the impact on visual artists caused by Covid-19, The Andy Warhol Foundation has authorized its re-granting partners to re-allocate their grant funding to create and administer Covid-19 emergency relief funds in their communities. Midway is temporarily shifting its $60,000 Visual Arts Fund re-granting program to offer emergency grants in 2020. The VAF will provide $1,000 grants to 60 visual artists living within the 7-county Twin Cities metro region with a high level of financial need. To learn more please visit: www.midwayart.org/vaf


 

FEDERAL AND STATE GOVERNMENT RESOURCES

Both the federal and state governments have passed legislation intended to help small businesses (including nonprofits) and the unemployed during the COVID-19 crisis. Here are a few places with very good, centralized information for arts nonprofits to help you navigate the opportunities that are being offered:

The Independent Sector
VERY GOOD centralized information center for nonprofits (national):
CARES Act: How to Apply for Nonprofit Relief Funds
 



 NATIONAL COUNCIL OF NONPROFITS
VERY GOOD explanation of resources for nonprofits
Recording of Webinar: Federal Coronavirus Relief Bills: What Do They Mean for Nonprofits?

and Slide deck from webinar: “Federal Coronavirus Relief Bills: What Do They Mean for Nonprofits?”

Other good information from the National Council of Nonprofits on specific topics:

 



 MINNESOTA COUNCIL OF NONPROFITS:

(***keep scrolling down on this page for many useful links***)

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

MINNESOTA’S REGIONAL ARTS COUNCILS (Info. updated 4.2.20)

“This is a partial list. All of the arts councils are working with grantees to be flexible with existing grants and to turn project grants into operating support where appropriate. Most of the arts councils are developing some kind of emergency grant program. In general, we also think our role is to help direct artists and arts organizations to other resources, such as the SBA suite of loans and the expanded Pandemic Unemployment Assistance programs. We’re also watching the multi-foundation Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund to help arts organizations navigate that process.” -Drew Digby, Chair of the Forum of Regional Arts Councils.
 



ARROWHEAD REGIONAL ARTS COUNCIL
(Counties: Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, Saint Louis)
Past: COVID-19 Emergency Grant for Individuals. $750 grants for projects for artists who had projects or events canceled to do a project that’s possible under the current circumstances. 12 grants awarded. We had a total of 30 applications in the 8 days we had the program open.

Upcoming:
Organizational Stability Grants. Up to $2,000 to pay urgent expenses to keep an arts organization functioning during the COVID-19 shutdown and recovery. Some grants set aside to help organizations with teaching professionals adapt to new circumstances.
Art of the Crisis Individual grants. Up to $2,000 for artists to produce art in the next six months, including some grants set aside for teaching professionals adapting to the new circumstances.

More information is on the special grant page here
 



East Central Regional Arts Council
(Counties: Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Pine)
The East Central Regional Arts Council (ECRAC) voted to approve a new grant program. ECRAC developed the COVID-19 emergency response grant to provide funding of up to $600 for artists and art organizations to do art projects online or in other forms during the current shut down of arts venues. This grant is for artists and art organizations who have had projects canceled or postponed due to COVID-19. We are striving to encourage the practice of social distancing sheltering at home. Projects may be in any form or discipline, including performance, dance, storytelling, photography, film, sculpture, painting, and more. Applicants must show that they can do the project without violating any public health guidelines. For example, no in-person activities are allowed at this time. Projects can be virtual or broadcasted events.
 


Central Minnesota Arts Board
(Counties: Benton, Sherburne, Stearns and Wright)
The Central Minnesota Arts Board has responded with Artist Emergency Grant Program and extending their current project grant round deadline to April 8th. The Artist Emergency Assistance Program was created to provide individuals up to $500 to assist with income lost due to isolation efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. Funding for this program is from the McKnight Foundation.
 


Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Emergency Relief Fund
(Counties: Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington)
The MRAC Emergency Relief Fund provides grants of up to $2,500 for immediate expense needs (salaries, artist fees, etc.) due to loss of earned income because of COVID-19 for arts organizations and informal arts groups with budgets under $400,000 that are located in the 7-county metropolitan area: Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington counties. These resources are dedicated to providing relief for organizations that have experienced loss of income due to cancellations of arts events, projects and activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds should be used for immediate emergency needs and loss of income, and should not be used for future project expenses.

Learn more and to see eligibility.

 


 


 

MINNESOTA DISASTER RECOVERY FUND

(MDRF) FOR CORONAVIRUS, HOUSED AT THE ST. PAUL AND MINNESOTA FOUNDATION IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE MINNESOTA COUNCIL OF FOUNDATIONS

The fund launched with $4.4 million in contributions from many philanthropic partners, and has since grown to $5.2 million. The MDRF advisory committee, made up of leaders from across the state, made its first round of grants this week, awarding $2 million to 11 organizations throughout Minnesota. The advisory committee meets weekly to advise and recommend additional grants to address ongoing needs statewide.

 




 

MINNESOTA INITIATIVE FUNDS

Resources from the MDRF (Minnesota Disaster Relief Fund described above) fund will be, in part, distributed to communities through the state’s six united funds working to improve Greater Minnesota. Check with them about grantmaking processes.

 




 

CITY OF SAINT PAUL, SAINT PAUL BRIDGE FUND

The St. Paul and Minnesota Foundation also partnered with the City of Saint Paul to set up the Saint Paul Bridge Fund, which will provide emergency relief for the small businesses and families in our community who need it most.

 


City of Minneapolis
https://www.startribune.com/5-million-relief-plan-in-minneapolis-would-aid-renters-homeless-small-businesses/569353162/

The city will offer forgivable no-interest loans ranging from $5,000 to $10,000, depending on their pandemic-related needs. The money can be used to help cover payroll and employee benefits, rent or mortgage payments and other “critical working capital needs.”

To qualify, the businesses need to be located in an area designated by the city, such as Cultural Districts, the Promize Zone, Green Zone or ACP50. They must make $1 million or less in annual revenue. Self-employed workers are eligible.

The city is also revamping its existing 2% Participation Loan program for small businesses by dropping the interest rate to 0% and expanding the types of costs that the loan can be used to cover.

The city is finalizing its application process for those programs and expects to announce further details in the coming weeks, Frey said.




 

OTTO BREMER TRUST (OBT) $50 MILLION
COMMUNITY BENEFIT FINANCIAL COMPANY EMERGENCY FUND

In response to COVID-19, the Otto Bremer Trust (OBT) has established a $50 million emergency fund through its Community Benefit Financial Company (CBFC) subsidiary to provide financial support to Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Montana nonprofits and other community organizations impacted by and responding to the pandemic. The fund will provide resources in the form of short-term loans, lines of credit, and emergency grants. Qualifications: All nonprofit organizations in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Montana are welcome to apply for emergency funding. An application does not guarantee funding; we will evaluate the applications on a case-by-case basis. The fund is designated for emergency requests only and is separate from our normal grantmaking process. Non-emergency requests should go through our regular application process.

 




 

MINNEAPOLIS FOUNDATION OneMPLS FUND

Supporting business and essential program continuity for local nonprofits through The Minneapolis Foundation’s OneMPLS Fund. This collective impact fund is designed to be nimble and responsive to emerging needs aligned with the Foundation’s mission. Proceeds from the OneMPLS Fund will provide grants to organizations that:
  • Provide services to address the economic impact on individuals whose employment has been reduced or eliminated as a result of the pandemic, particularly the most vulnerable segments of the workforce (e.g., contract workers, artists, and students).
  • Meet basic needs for vulnerable populations, particularly older adults and youth.

 




 

PROPEL FOR NONPROFITS

Propel is providing no-cost technical assistance to nonprofits and free consultations with regard to finance, strategy, and governance in the wake of the pandemic.

 


Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation COVID 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.

 

Twin Cities Music Community Trust logo

https://www.twincitiesmusiccommunitytrust.org/

Emergency relief funding for local musicians and event industry workforce.

Eligibility: Minnesota residents who earn more than 50% of their annual income in the live music industry. 


Gottlieb Foundation logo

https://www.gottliebfoundation.org/disaster-resources

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.



LISC and 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.
LEARN MORE


 

Access Philanthropy
Access Philanthropy has created a database of emergency funders for freelance artists and MN Organizations during the Covid-19 Outbreak.


NEW!  NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS GRANTS FUNDED BY THE CARES ACT

The NEA received $75 million from the CARES Act will provide some opportunities for Minnesota organizations to get access to special grants.

  1. Forty percent fo the funds will go to State Arts Agencies to provide direct grants for the arts in the state. The Minnesota State Arts Board does not yet know what their process will be to get these dollars out to the field.
  2. There will also be an opportunity for previous NEA grantees from the last four years (Fiscal Year 2017-2020) to apply for additional special one-time grants directly from the NEA by April 22.

“The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act recognizes that the nonprofit arts industry is an important sector of America’s economy. The National Endowment for the Arts will award funds to nonprofit arts organizations across the country to help these entities and their employees endure the economic hardships caused by the forced closure of their operations due to the spread of COVID-19. These funds are intended to help save jobs in the arts sector and keep the doors open to the thousands of organizations that add value to America’s economy and the creative life of our communities.”


OTHER STATEMENTS FROM ARTS FUNDERS

Minnesota’s Regional Arts Councils and State Arts Board
The RAC directors are working together with the State Arts Board and are willing to be flexible and work with applicants. The only issue that’s come up so far are grantees with FY19 money that has to be spent by June 30, 2020. That cannot be extended under law. Also, we are all sharing this language with our grantees: “We encourage any grantee that has had to change plans because of the current uncertainty to contact us to talk about changing the details of their grant to allow them to work without undue hardship. We plan to be as flexible as the law allows us in this regard. We understand that some events may need to be canceled and we will work with any grantee to find appropriate solutions.

Minnesota State Arts Board statement:
http://www.arts.state.mn.us/news/COVID-19.htm

Information for Arts Board applicants, grantees, or grant review panelists. Arts Board staff members are available to respond to your questions. We know that COVID-19 is having an impact on your activities and want to be as helpful as we can be. Current grant activities – If you need to reschedule or modify Arts Board funded activities, please contact your program officer to discuss your options for a contract amendment or extension. Information sessions – We have sessions scheduled in Winona and Park Rapids in the coming weeks. At the moment, those will go forward as planned, but we are closely monitoring the situation and will postpone or modify the format, if need be. FY 2021 grant application review meetings – The Arts Board is scheduled to begin Operating Support, Arts Learning, and Minnesota Festival Support grant application panel review meetings in late April, May, and June. At this point, we haven’t made any changes to the schedule and format for those meetings, but we will be closely monitoring the situation and, if needed, may make changes in the coming weeks.

Aroha Philanthropies
Arohaphilanthropies.org

Our message to our grantees is simple. We don’t expect you to put anything, especially us, ahead of the health and welfare of your communities and employees. We understand program changes will be necessary. You have many critical obligations and responsibilities other than us. Our world won’t end if deadlines change or reports come in on different schedules. Ellen Michelson, Aroha’s founder and president, states clearly, “We do not want to add to the stress our grantees are feeling in this crisis.” We are here.

Arts Midwest
https://www.artsmidwest.org/news/2020/03-11/arts-midwest-resources-covid
“What if you are an Arts Midwest grantee and wondering whether to move forward with a performance or event? Arts Midwest is closely monitoring recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organizations as they pertain to travel and public health and safety in the United States as more public gatherings, including performances and festivals, have been canceled to help limit the spread of COVID-19. We have encouraged our grantees and partners to be prepared and have a plan in place for their grant activities in the event that, in the interest of public health or safety, their organizations need to delay events, cancel events, or temporarily close. As always, Arts Midwest staff are here as a resource, and seek to be supportive and flexible. Please contact relevant program staff to keep us informed about disruptions, cancellations, postponements, and the impact of COVID-19 on your grant, program, or event.”

Blandin Foundation
https://blandinfoundation.org/articles/our-response-to-covid-19/
As Blandin Foundation travels this journey alongside you, we are adapting in the following ways:
Pooling our resources — With other Minnesota foundations, we created the Minnesota Disaster Relief Fund, which will channel millions of dollars through community foundations and the Minnesota initiative foundations.
Finding new ways – Events such as our broadband convenings and leadership training retreats are moving online or being reimagined. We know that community leaders need and deserve support now more than ever.
Seeing the good – Strength and innovation already are emerging from Minnesota’s rural communities. We see you! We are using the #LeadershipMatters and #ruralMN tags in social media so that you can see each other.
Support and flexibility for grantees – We welcome conversations about revisiting any grant objectives, timelines and terms so that our grantees can focus on emergent needs.

Bush Foundation
https://www.bushfoundation.org/news/our-response-covid-19
The Bush Foundation is adjusting to the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic alongside the rest of our region, country and world. We’re thinking about how we can be most supportive and useful to our community as we also figure out how to manage ourselves and our work. We don’t yet know what the greatest needs will be or the best ways to support them. We do know that the economic hardship created by the COVID-19 pandemic will be challenging for many. Here’s what we’re doing right now to support our staff, partners and community:

2020 Bush Prize canceled to support COVID-19 relief

We are canceling the 2020 Bush Prize program in order to redirect funds to aid people dealing with the economic effects of the outbreak in our region. The Bush Prize is an important program to us and to the organizations that receive it, and it is an extraordinary step for us to cancel it. We think this extraordinary moment calls for it. We are very sorry for any disappointment this causes for organizations that were planning to apply. All other grant programs will continue as planned.

Disaster assistance in our region
We are actively looking for ways to assist communities around our region during this time of need. We have already committed to supporting the launch of the Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund and the Coronavirus Response Fund at the South Dakota Community Foundation with major contributions. These funds will help address needs that arise in those states due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are committed to finding ways our support can reach people in need in communities across the region. We will also expedite consideration of Community Innovation grant applications related to COVID-19.

Flexibility around grants
Our grantees are balancing a lot right now, and we want to support them to focus where they need to by offering flexibility around their grants. We will be reaching out to all current grantees with more information, and to work with them to adapt grant terms as needed.

Headwaters Foundation for Justice
Headwaters Foundation for Justice established the Communities First Fund to support its grassroots network of grantee organizations across Minnesota, led by Black People, Indigenous People, and people of color, as they navigate the repercussions of the coronavirus on their communities.

Jerome Foundation
https://www.jeromefdn.org/jerome-foundation-responding-coronavirus

In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, Jerome Foundation is aware of the impact on organizations who are shuttering their doors and canceling events and individual artists who are facing enormous loss of income not only as they lose professional commitments and opportunities but as their “day jobs” suspend activities as well. As we consider our response, we are mindful of the need to be thoughtful both about the immediate needs artists and organizations are facing, and the possibility of unforeseen needs arising if the pandemic stretches over a long time frame. We are currently engaged in conversation with several organizations who are organizing emergency relief funds efforts for artists and organizations in Minnesota and New York City, and expect to join those efforts in the near future.

To date, we have signaled the following to our current grantees:

  • Arts organizations grantees have been authorized to use our funds to compensate artists for any cancelled Jerome-supported event.
  • Jerome Hill Artist Fellows (those grantees in the 2-year fellowship program that receive funds directly from the Foundation) and 2019 Film, Video and Digital Production grantees have been given access to up to $2,000 each towards emergency needs.
  • Organizations have been invited to approach us to restructure or redefine their grant—a process that we will approach with “radical trust” in our grantees.
  • We have confirmed that all grant commitments already contracted for 2020 and 2021 will be honored, without reduction in grants amounts or revocation of any grant.
  • We are working to alleviate any administrative burdens caused by our grants. Reporting deadlines and requirements have been extended, and paperwork for revision of grants or accessing emergency funds will be nominal.
  • In the wake of cancelled travel and community meetings, we have added additional online webinar and interactive Q&A sessions for those artists interested in the Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship Program and are currently in discussion about whether that deadline in early May should be extended.

Though our staff will be working remotely, we are committed to being available to our community and do not expect major disruptions in our operations or availability. While Jerome staff will be working from home through April 3, we will be available through the Jerome phone numbers and email as usual. We maintain an unwavering commitment to serving early career artists, to learning from artists and arts organizations, and to channeling our resources to the needs those artists and organizations define as most urgent. I am grateful to our Board of Directors and its Executive Committee, who have given us extraordinary time and counsel even while managing their own organizations and careers. And as always I am eternally grateful to the staff here—Eleanor, Lann, Andrea, Lori and Coretta—whose care for artists and organizations is profound, and whose dedication to our work astounding. All of us sending all of you our best wishes and our hopes that you, your families and loved ones find strength with one another.

Margaret Cargill Philanthropies
https://www.macphilanthropies.org/macp-moves-to-remote-workplace-in-response-to-covid-19/

As COVID-19 continues to spread, we recognize there could be an impact to our grantees’ programmatic work. We ask current grantees to please keep their Program Officer informed of these changes so we can help support your work by updating our internal grantmaking notes and discussing any longer-term implications for our work together. We recognize that these are extraordinary times, and we want to help you achieve your goals through this challenging period.

McKnight Foundation
https://www.mcknight.org/news-ideas/mcknights-response-to-the-coronavirus/

“We will consider the impact of coronavirus on your organization’s progress toward your grant agreement. We recognize the pandemic presents many challenges for nonprofits, from canceled events to market declines to business continuity pressures. If the coronavirus has prevented you from moving forward with a conference or other gathering, or slowed down other services or plans, please know we support you in making prudent decisions that balance public health and safety concerns. Contact your program officer if you may need potential adjustments to the terms of your grant agreement. We stand with our grantees and our communities. This pandemic will have many social and economic implications, some of which we are only beginning to understand. As we learn more, we will be reviewing our response options. If you have specific ideas, please be in touch with your primary Foundation contact or send us a message through this monitored Contact Us web page.

The Minneapolis Foundation
The Minneapolis Foundation will leverage its One MPLS Fund to support its community response to the pandemic. The fund is designed to be nimble and responsive, ensuring resources are immediately available to address emerging issues.

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
(MCN) has created a running list of nonprofit resources, provided by MCN, its allies and partners, and government agencies. Additionally, it is offering 20 percent off all Zoom plans that are at least a one-year term.

Otto Bremer Foundation
https://ottobremer.org/news_stories/2020-03-16-news/

Otto Bremer Trust creates $50 million emergency fund to support community organizations
SAINT PAUL, March 16, 2020 — The Otto Bremer Trust (OBT), one of Minnesota’s largest charitable organizations, today announced the creation of a $50 million emergency fund to be set up through its Community Benefit Financial Company (CBFC) subsidiary to provide financial support to Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Montana nonprofits and other community organizations. The new fund will provide emergency funding, loans, lines of credit, and other financial resources to organizations impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 outbreak. “This is a stressful and demanding time for many organizations across the region as they work to support the most vulnerable people in our communities,” said Daniel Reardon, Co-CEO and Trustee, OBT. “We hope that by making funds available for immediate and longer-term needs, we can help cushion the financial impacts of the coronavirus outbreak so that these organizations can focus on providing critical services.”
https://ottobremer.org/news_stories/2020-03-16-news/

Propel for Nonprofits
https://www.propelnonprofits.org/blog/covid-19-how-we-are-responding/

We’re providing no-cost technical assistance. We’ve always been here to talk with nonprofit leaders about challenges related to finance, strategy, and governance. We’re doubling down on our commitment to talking through whatever concerns or questions have arisen for you, whether you need to revise your cash flow projections, a sounding board as you strategize next steps, or guidance as a board member on how you can be most supportive. Seriously, don’t hesitate to reach out to any of our staff. Thanks to long-standing philanthropic support, we’re grateful to be able to provide immediate assistance at no cost to nonprofits.

Saint Paul and Minnesota Foundation
https://www.spmcf.org/blog/covid-19-plan?utm_medium=email

Now is a critical time for us to lean into our strategy of investing in community-led solutions as we navigate a rapidly changing situation with COVID-19 and its impact on Minnesota. As such, I’d like to share an important development:
Announcing the Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund (MDRF)
Along with our partners at the Minnesota Council on Foundations, we announced today the creation of the Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund (MDRF) for coronavirus, created to support community needs as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The MDRF will support both short and long-term needs that arise within communities. Funds will be raised through philanthropic entities and individual donors; one hundred percent of the funds raised will be used to support community recovery. Funds will go directly to community foundations, Minnesota Initiative Foundations or other intermediaries that have an existing grant-making process in place. The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation contributed $250,000 to the fund. Our partner foundations also made contributions; the F. R. Bigelow Foundation contributed $250,000 and the Mardag Foundation contributed $100,000. Additionally, organizations across the state are eager to help with this crisis and as of today, multiple organizations have contributed nearly $4.4 million. This is further proof of what I know to be true, that the generosity of Minnesotans and our commitment to each other is vast. An advisory committee of community leaders will be responsible for distributing relief dollars. For more information about the advisory committee, the fund, or how to donate, please visit our website.
Responding to Community Needs
In parallel to our work on the MDRF, our Community Impact team is exploring ways to adapt our grantmaking and programs to ensure we are best meeting community needs in the short and long-term. I will keep in frequent touch to share new developments. In the meantime, on behalf of our staff and our Board, I want to say we are in this with you. Our commitment to our community remains steadfast, and the strength of our partnerships will get us through this trying time.

As of 3-30-20: The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation and our partners ? the F. R. Bigelow Foundation and Mardag Foundation ? strive to listen and respond to the needs of nonprofit organizations across the state. In times of crisis, we recognize that the ways we support our communities need to be flexible and responsive. Through conversations with community members like you, we are listening, learning and evaluating how we can best support you through the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of today, current applicants may amend their grant applications to address challenges and urgent needs that have arisen because of the COVID-19 community crisis. If you are interested in making any changes to your current grant application, please email your program officer. All three Foundations are also reviewing future grantmaking and programs to ensure that our offerings are flexible and responsive as community needs change. Thank you for the leadership and support you provide for our community every day across our state. We are grateful for the opportunity to partner and face these new challenges together.

Small Business Association to Provide Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19) 
https://www.sba.gov/about-sba/sba-newsroom/press-releases-media-advisories/sba-provide-disaster-assistance-loans-small-businesses-impacted-coronavirus-covid-19

From Grantmakers in the Arts:
https://www.giarts.org/blog/admin/covid-19-coronavirus-and-arts-funding-update-and-action-items

Minnesota Council on Foundations
Minnesota Council on Foundations Free Webinar (55:01)

Coronavirus Webinar: Preparing Minnesota’s Foundations and Nonprofit Organizations for Coronavirus
This webinar was held on March 4th in partnership with the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, the State of Minnesota, and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy. Its purpose was to help nonprofits and foundations think about their own internal continuity of operations, as well as thinking about the external services they provide and how needs may evolve and increase as a result of an outbreak. Our featured speaker was Tanya Gulliver-Garcia from the Center for Disaster Philanthropy.

 

RESOURCES FOR ARTS ORGANIZATIONS:

From the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP):
Emergency Response Information: https://www.apap365.org/Advocacy/Emergency-Response
What do you need to consider when reopening performing arts? Safety reopening guides for the performing arts are available here: https://www.apap365.org/COVID-19/COVID-19-Resources

From the Event Safety Alliance: Podcast- Coronavirus: Must the Show Go On?
https://www.eventsafetyalliance.org/podcast/2020/3/9/episode-11-coronavirus-must-the-show-go-on
about whether the coronavirus is a “force majeure” event in performing arts contracts (or “act of God”) and issues about insurance coverage for canceled events.

and: Prepare Your Organization for the Coronavirus Disease Outbreak
Event Safety Alliance Free Webinar (1:04:54)
This webinar was held on March 4th, and looks at this public health crisis from two distinct perspectives: Infectious Disease Business Continuity Planning and Crisis Management. Does your organization have the right plans in place to continue operations during an infectious disease outbreak? Is there a process in place to gather and analyze current information and make informed decisions? Is there a crisis management process and team in place? When do you activate them? By preparing in advance, you can take actions that help to minimize the effect on your events. We will look at the eight items you should be paying attention to right now.

From the Theater Communications Group (TCG): “Coronavirus Preparedness Webinar”
https://vimeo.com/396031559

Artspace Consulting Offers Pro Bono Services in Response to COVID-19: Artspace Consulting is now providing pro bono consultations and technical support to any arts and culture organization or municipality from now until June 30, 2020, as a response to the mounting effects of the coronavirus pandemic. To Learn More: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/5539751/Artspace-Consulting-Offers-Pro-Bono-Services

FOR MUSEUMS:
From the American Association of Museums:
https://www.aam-us.org/programs/resource-library/human-resource-resources/health-in-the-workplace/

FOR ARTS AND CULTURE NONPROFITS:
From Arts Ready: Emergency Preparedness for nonprofits:
https://www.artsready.org/

FOR LARGE EVENT ORGANIZERS:
From the World Health Organization, “Public Health for Mass Gatherings: Key Considerations.” https://www.asisonline.org/globalassets/news/blog/who_hse_gcr_2015.5_eng-1.pdf

Small Business Association to Provide Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19)
https://www.sba.gov/about-sba/sba-newsroom/press-releases-media-advisories/sba-provide-disaster-assistance-loans-small-businesses-impacted-coronavirus-covid-19

 

OFFICIAL UPDATES

Center for Disease Control Landing Page for COVID-19

Minnesota Department of Health Landing Page for COVID-19

World Health Organization Landing Page for COVID-19

Johns Hopkins: Mapping 2019-nCoV

Gov Walz announces expanded access to unemployment benefits for workers affected by COVID-19. See Official Order: https://mn.gov/governor/assets/EO%2020-05%20(Gov%20Signed)_tcm1055-423379.pdf

Gov Walz orders Theaters, Bars, Restaurants closed by Tuesday March 17th at 5PM. See Official Order: https://mn.gov/governor/assets/EO%2020-04%20%28Gov%20Signed%29_tcm1055-423380.pdf

CDC Recommends Gatherings be limited to 50 people or less for next 8 weeks. See full recommendation: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/mass-gatherings-ready-for-covid-19.html

Minnesota-based Legal Coronavirus Resources – (Minnesota) https://springboardforthearts.org/resources-access/legal-assistance/coronavirus/
MNDEED Coronavirus Information for Employers – (Minnesota) https://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/covid/employers/
MNDEED Small Business Emergency Loans – (Minnesota) https://mn.gov/deed/business/financing-business/deed-programs/peacetime/
Save Small Business Fund of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation – (USA) https://savesmallbusiness.com/
 
U.S. Department of Labor Families First Act Information – (USA) https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employee-paid-leave

RESOURCES FOR ARTS EDUCATORS

BREAKING NEWS: Wisconsin Colleagues open Online Teaching Project to Minnesota music educators

On Saturday, WSMA and WMEA announced the launch of their Digital Learning Platform. The platform and its first project – the WMEA Online Teaching Project – was created to support Wisconsin music educators as they move to online learning environments. On Sunday, Gov. Walz’ announced a temporary K-12 MN school closure so educators, schools, and districts can design equitable distance learning for their students. Conversations among music educators started almost immediately. You may be feeling overwhelmed by this shift. We are pleased to announce that our Wisconsin colleagues have agreed to open the WMEA Online Teaching Project to Minnesota music educators! The WMEA Online Teaching Project provides an opportunity to support each another through the generation of shareable plans and resources for use in the PreK-12 classrooms. MMEA is extending an invitation to all Minnesota music educators to participate in and contribute to the project. All MMEA members will receive information at your primary email address tomorrow.
The WMEA Online Teaching Project and link to participate is available at: https://bit.ly/2vZi9Iu

If you have questions, please contact: distancelearning@wsmamusic.org

 

WORKING REMOTELY

For Conference Meetings
Webex / Zoom / Google Hangouts Meet

For Event Broadcasting
YouTube Live / Facebook Live

For Class Teaching and Courses
Thinkific / Edx / Coursera

 


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!