Facebook is offering assistance to businesses that may be experiencing disruptions resulting from the global outbreak of COVID-19with $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries where they operate.
As during any disaster, we are here to help your business navigate the local, regional, state and national resources here to help you prepare, maintain business continuity and recover, if needed. And as the COVID-19 disease moves through our community, we're here to raise your business voice of need to our public and non-profit partners. You are not alone and we stand ready to assist and support you and your team.
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Small Business Assistance:
Governor Ron DeSantis activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to support small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The bridge loan program, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will provide short-term, interest-free loans to small businesses that experienced economic injury from COVID-19. The application period opens March 17, and runs through May 8, 2020.
The DEO is currently surveying businesses throughout the state of Florida who have been impacted by COVID-19. Businesses and non-profits can access the Business Damage Assessment survey at FloridaDisaster.BIZ Select "COVID-19" from the drop-down menu.
For more information on the program, visit www.floridadisasterloan.org
For questions regarding the Emergency Bridge Loan Program, contact the Florida Small Business Development Center Network at 866-737-7232 or email Disaster@FloridaSBDC.org. The phone line will be answered during regular business hours; all voice mails and emails will be responded to within 24 hours.Sending in this form will not financially obligate your business in any way. When the declaration is granted for the SBA emergency loan program, applicants will receive information on how to apply for their loan.
Individuals who are separated from their employment because of COVID-19 will file for Reemployment Assistance benefits in the same manner as individuals who are unemployed for reasons other than COVID-19 file for benefits.
In determining an individual's eligibility for Reemployment Assistance benefits, the Department of Economic Opportunity follows state and federal law along with guidance issued from the U.S. Department of Labor.
To apply for Reemployment Assistance Benefits, click here.
To assist Martin County individuals and families who are impacted by COVID-19, United Way of Martin County has launched the COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund, committing resources from their emergency fund to aid in recovery efforts. They are partnering with The Children's Services Council of Martin County and Community Foundation Martin - St. Lucie and were named the official organization by the Martin County Board of County Commissioners authorized to raise resources for this situation.
On March 12, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the activation of the Business Damage Assessment survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 on Florida’s local business operations. The survey, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will evaluate businesses affected by COVID-19 and the impacts the virus has had on the local economy so actions to implement appropriate relief programs can begin.
On January 20, 2020, the first coronavirus patient in the United States was confirmed. This survey is designed to collect information about the financial and human impacts that the spread of the coronavirus have had on arts and cultural organizations since that date. The survey also collects basic information about the participating organizations so that the data can be parsed by specific geographic regions, artistic disciplines, and budget categories.
Resources and Information
Prepare Your Organization for the Coronavirus Disease Outbreak hosted by the Event Safety Alliance
Coronavirus Preparedness for Theatres hosted by Theater Communications Group
Community Conversation on COVID19 hosted by the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable
Springboard for the Arts article on Principles for Ethical Cancellation
Springboard for the Arts has several resources and relief funds
Crowdsourced COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources
National Endowment for the Arts informative FAQ document
Are you thinking about going digital?
Howlround has published a helpful blog with examples and resources
CMX published a blog with guidance for digital events and event cancellation
American Alliance of Museums 13 Tips for Working Remotely
Webinars & Guides for Organizations and Artists
We Are Stronger Together: Navigating Crises and Sustaining Healthy Relationships in the Era of Coronavirus – Held Wednesday, March 18. Recording will be available here on March 20.
The World Health Organization has now classified the spread of coronavirus as a pandemic, forcing cancellations of events by local mandate or out of “an abundance of caution”. As a result, the performing arts presenting, booking and touring industry is navigating uncharted waters, as we look to both contracts—and to each other—for direction. Join the partners of the Alliance for Performing Arts Conferences (APAC)*, as we host an informative, field-wide conversation with presenters, agents, artists, and legal and emergency response experts around the current business, legal, financial, ethical and relational realities we are facing TOGETHER.
Speakers include APAP executive director Mario Garcia Durham, musician Rhiannon Giddens, presenter Patti Libertore, NAPAMA president Gail Boyd, agent Mark Laurie, choreographer/dancer Sean Dorsey, ArtsReady Director Mollie Quinlan-Hayes, and arts and immigration expert Matthew Covey.
*APAC is Arts Midwest, Arts Northwest, ArtsReady, Association of Performing Arts Professionals, Folk Alliance International, North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents, North Carolina Presenters Network, International Performing Arts for Youth, South Arts and Western Arts Alliance.