20 Mar COVID-19 Resources for the Arts
Our City, State, Regional, and National Leadership have posted many excellent resources for the arts in this time of COVID-19 crisis. We will re-post information on this page, and in our weekly e-Newsletter. If you don’t currently receive our newsletter, you can sign up for our weekly newsletter!
First – basic rules to follow: Wash hands constantly. Stay home if you can. Stay 6 feet from other people if you cannot stay home. Cough into your elbow. Sneeze into a tissue and immediately throw it away, then wash hands. Don’t touch your face. Wash your hands thoroughly. Here’s an awesome washing hands video from Vietnam to help you with that.
Second – Follow the CDC for accurate information.
City of Augusta general resources:
AU General Information and COVID-19 HOTLINE: 706-721-1852
State of Georgia resources:
Nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). Eligible entities may qualify for loans up to $2 million. Loans up to $24,999 do not require collateral. The interest rate is 2.75 percent for nonprofit organizations with terms up to 30 years. Eligibility for these working capital loans are based on the size (must be a small business) and type of business and its financial resources. These working capital loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred. The loans are not intended to replace lost sales or profits or for expansion.
Both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate have passed and President Trump has signed into law the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act.” This relief package has implications for nonprofit arts organizations, staff members and individual artists including (but not limited to):
- Mandated emergency paid leave for employees for qualified sick leave, family and medical leave, and to care for a child whose school has closed
- Refundable payroll tax credits for required emergency paid leave provided by employers with fewer than 500 employees (nonprofits are eligible for relief)
- Emergency funding to states for unemployment compensation
- Refundable individual tax credits for leave taken by self-employed workers for qualified sick leave, caring for a family member, or caring for a child whose school has closed