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Stimulus Resources

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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, federal, state, and local stimulus packages have been passed or are currently in development. COCA has listed stimulus resources for arts organizations and non-profits, individual artists, and arts businesses. Find national, state, and local stimulus info below.



Americans for the Arts

FAQs regarding COVID-19 from the National Endowment for the ArtsCoronavirus (COVID-19) Resource and Response Center
Composite Table showing Federal Arts Funding Opportunities for Nonprofit and Commerical Arts Organizations and Individual Artists
The Americans for the Arts staff is available to answer your questions and guide you; this is a free service.

Peter Gordon, Director of Federal Affairs:
Narrie Rome, Vice President of Government Affairs & Arts ED:
Randy Cohen, Vice President of Research:


CARES ACT: What It Means for Media Artists and the Entertainment Industry (video)
CARES Table of funding for the ARTS (updated 7/20/20)
What the CARES Act Means for Freelancers

Loans Information

Loans Available for Nonprofits in the CARES Act – Nation Council of Nonprofits 
Administering SBA Loans and Grants: Guidance from Subchapter Bank Association


Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)    updated Jul 23, 2020

Apply for Funding – Deadline August 8th
Revised PPP Loan Forgiveness Application and Instructions
EZ PPP Loan Forgiveness Application and Instructions


Additional National Resources:

Americans for the Arts report on the economic impact of coronavirus
Americans for the Arts COVID-19 Resource and Response Center info 



Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC)
Under the CARES Act, Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) is available for eligible applicants who are currently receiving regular state Reemployment Assistance benefits. FPUC is an additional $600 distributed weekly in addition to state Reemployment Assistance benefits. 

COVID-19 Resources for Employers and Individuals
At the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), providing state and federal resources to communities, businesses and Floridians is our top priority. In coordination with state and federal partners, resources are available to assist employers and individuals impacted by the state’s efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. To assist small businesses and their employees, loans, and short-time compensation programs to bridge the gap are available. To assist individuals, resources including Reemployment Assistance are available.

Gov. DeSantis – Phased Florida reopening
Link to Governor’s Re-Open Public Comment Portal 



Leon CARES Local Human Services Assistance Grant Program
The Leon CARES Local Human Services Assistance Grant Program dedicates $2 million in funding to human services nonprofit organizations for unanticipated programmatic and operational expenses incurred due to COVID-19. Available funding will provide up to $20,000 of one-time assistance to nonprofit organizations that provide or intend to provide human service in Leon County in response to COVID-19.

CRA Disaster Assistance Grant Program for Small Businesses
On June 29, 2020 the City of Tallahassee Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Board approved $250,000 in grant funds to assist small businesses located in the Greater Frenchtown/Southside Community Redevelopment Area (GFS District) affected by COVID-19. The program criteria and application are provided below. Applications must be submitted electronically; no paper applications will be accepted. Grants of $2,000 will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until the $250,000 has been committed.


Other Resources 

Applying for Federal Relief as a Filmmaker (4 sessions – recordings available)
Presented by International Documentary Association, ITVS, Firelight Media and Cornerstone. Each webinar features first-hand experiences of filmmakers navigating Cthe ARES Act and the SBA Loans from various perspectives, alongside guidance from Cornerstone Government Affairs, a bipartisan consulting firm, specializing in federal and state government relations and business advisory services.

COVID-19 Artist Emergency Fund
American Documentary is offering rapid response grants up to $500 to assist artists with basic needs including food, immediate health needs, and insurance premiums.

Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund
This fund is for queer writers of color who are in need of financial assistance right now.

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant
The Foundation encourages applications from visual artists who have genuine financial needs that are not necessarily catastrophic.

Pinetop Assistance League (PAL) for Elder Musicians
Helps to provide care and safety for elderly musicians at the twilight of their career. 

Dramatists Guild Fund
Provides emergency financial assistance to individual playwrights, composers, lyricists, and librettists in dire need of funds due to severe hardship or unexpected illness.


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