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. To search ALL funding sources, click here.



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 Commercial Arts Organizations and Individual Artists
2021 COVID-19 Arts Resources Table
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 10/08/20)
What the CARES Act Means for Freelancers

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Forgiveness updated Jan 11, 2021
2021 PPP Info
Information on the 2021 Paycheck Protection Program guidelines

2020 PPP Info
New PPP Forgiveness App Form 3508S and Instructions
-for those small businesses that secured a PPP loan of $50,000 or less
EZ PPP Loan Forgiveness Application and Instructions
New IRS Tax Deductibility Guidance on PPP Loan Forgiveness, Expenses, and Income
Information about 2nd round PPP for 2021 available here.

Loans Information

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

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 

Save Our Stages

Check out the Save Our Stages Classified for more information, and updates on Save Our Stages in the second stimulus package. For clarification, this legislation has different names referring to the same bill: Shuttered Venues Operators legislation, Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, and Save Our Stages.
Archived Webinar: Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Overview

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant

More information is available here. The Shuttered Venue Operators (SVO) Grant program was established by The Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, signed into law on December 27, 2020. The program includes $15 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by the Small Business Administration’s Office of Disaster Assistance.

Eligible applicants may qualify for SVO Grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees.




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
FAQs for EXECUTIVE ORDER 20-112 – Phase One
#2020-139 Executive Order re: Phase 2
#2020-244 Executive Order re: Phase 3 (Current phase)
Link to Governor’s Re-Open Public Comment Portal 




The Leon CARES Grants Program has multiple funding opportunities including Individual Assistance and Local Nonprofit Assistance. The Tallahassee Arts Guide Classified listing provides an overview, as well as supporting documents and links. Application and reporting portals can be accessed through the Leon CARES site.

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 FundFunding Currently on Hold
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.

Cares for Music
Provides communities with a toolkit of useful information to support programs using existing CARES Act funding to support music and creative communities in every community in America.

De Colores Rapid Response Fund
Looking to impact positive, dynamic-shifting opportunities, rather than provide emergency response for humanitarian crises or technical assistance. Designed to make funds available for quick, short-term delivery to hot spots of opportunity for organizing in marginalized urban and rural communities.

Page Last Updated January 19, 2021


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