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Facebook Small Business Grants Program

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. 

Business Development Board of Martin County - COVID-19 BizHub

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.

Call us at 772.221.1380 or email us at with your questions or needs.


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

For questions regarding the Emergency Bridge Loan Program, contact the Florida Small Business Development Center Network at 866-737-7232 or email 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.


United Way of Martin County COVID-19 Economic Relief Fund

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.

Business Damage Assessment Survey for COVID-19:

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.

NOTE: This Florida Business Damage Assessment Survey doesn't have a business type option for Arts and Cultural Organizations. Consider choosing "other" and then you have the opportunity to specify "arts and cultural non-profit" rather than be lumped in with entertainment.

5-Minute Survey: The Economic Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the Arts and Cultural Sector

As of today, the National impact is $3.7 Billion dollars, that's an estimated median of $33,050 per organization to date.

In Martin County, Florida...12 organizations and 4 artists are reporting $76,000 total financial loss to date from those who reported. 100% have reported event cancellation. These numbers are in flux but will help once we've made it through this situation. Once financial impact/loss estimate has ben calculated, surveys can be taken again. 

Resources and Information


Are you thinking about going digital?


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.


RECORDING: Artists In a Time of Global Pandemic: A Community Webinar for Independent, Freelance U.S. Artists Across Disciplines. The recording of a webinar for freelance artists held Monday, 3/16 hosted by HowlRound Theatre Commons is now available and includes ASL interpretation and captioning. HowlRound and a group of artists, arts administrators, and others from around the U.S. discussed how COVID-19 is impacting freelance artists (those who identify as independent contractors) from all disciplines, and where artists can look for support in this complicated moment. The conversation focused on shared resources (legal, advocacy, how to take your work virtual, finding emergency funding, and financial best practices in crisis) and building and grounding our national community.


The Covid-19 Impact on Festivals/Live Events - Monday, March 16, 3 p.m. (EDT), hosted by FestForums


Networking for Disaster Management in the Performing Arts - March 24, 2020, 2 p.m. (EDT). Emergency response and preparedness for performing arts organizations can be a difficult task for individual organizations. This free two-hour webinar will demonstrate how working with multiple organizations in a network for disaster management can be accomplished.


Crisis Communication and Reputation Management for Performing Arts Organizations - March 25, 2020, 2 p.m. (EDT) Are you prepared? This class reviews elements of strategic communication that are essential before, during and after crisis events. It examines how your organization can best prepare to respond to crisis and restore organizational reputation.


The Coronavirus - A Meeting Planner's Perspective hosted by Event Tech Group and Freestone


How to Plan a Virtual Event on Vimeo: Vimeo’s live production team offers advice on how schools, event coordinators, marketers, and more are evolving their event strategies to optimize engaging live streaming experiences.


How to Host a Watch Party on Facebook: With Facebook’s Watch Party feature, you can watch tons of videos and shows with members of groups you’re in on Facebook. This could be helpful for filmmakers or other artists whose screenings had to be cancelled.