Resources for Organizations



Currently Accepting Applications:

  • A new initiative of the United States Regional Arts Organizations made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund will award grants of $30,000 – $75,000 to small and mid-sized arts organizations in the Midwest, prioritizing organizations that are led by and serving people of color and Indigenous people, and/or led by and serving people from rural communities. Deadline: Anyone may nominate an arts organization by filling out a simple online form before July 8, 2020. Organizations may also self-nominate to support their own work.​
  • La Crosse Community Foundation announces a new grant opportunity to help charitable organizations in La Crosse County survive the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Emergency Survival Grant will provide unrestricted funds to nonprofits to offset pandemic-related revenue losses and expenses. Deadline: This grant opportunity will be available the last two grant rounds of the year, with deadlines July 15th and October 15th. Organizations who aren’t yet sure how COVID-19 will impact them financially are encouraged to wait to submit during the October 15th round.
  • On June 5, 2020, the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act was signed into law, to provide borrowers greater flexibility in getting their loans forgiven. A joint statement outlining the changes is available here. Please note that while the "covered period" of the loan was extended from 8 weeks to 24 weeks, the deadline for applying for a PPP loan application remains June 30, 2020.
  • ​On June 8, 2020, the Federal Reserve announced the expansion of the Mainstreet Lending Program to small and medium-size businesses. While these types of loans are not the forgivable type and were previously only available to major corporations, the terms may be attractive and provide much more flexibility for use of funds. $75 billion is being made available for these loans through the CARES Act. Please note that the Federal Reserve Board also confirmed that they will soon be announcing an additional loan program specifically for nonprofit organizations. 


R​​esource Pages from our State, Regional and National Partners:

Americans for the Arts​​​

National Endowment for the Arts

Arts Wisconsin

Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Resources:

National Coalition for Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response

        Sample Emergency Plans
        Performing Arts Readiness

               Also​ Emergency and Safety Procedures
               Performing Arts Readiness​

Essential Guidelines for Arts Responders
The National Coalition for Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response

Discipline-Specific and Other Resources:

Resources to Help Ensure Accessibility of Your Virtual Events for People with Disabilities​
National Endowment for the Arts

COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide
 US Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development COVID-19 Resources Fact Sheet
US Department of Agriculture

EmcArts "ARTS FWD" - virtual office hours, online workshops, weekly articles, free resources

        COVID-19/Coronavirus Resources & Information for the Museum Field
        American Alliance of Museums​

        Resources for Preparing for the Potential Impact of the Coronavirus

        League of American Orchestras 
        Milwaukee Independent​
Institute of Museum​ and Library Services​

Economic and Jobs-Related Resources:

Arts Organization Responses:

The Arts Respond to COVID-19​
Boston University’s arts administration program has been tracking media items related to the pandemic, under the categories of Streaming Performances, Virtual Exhibitions and Tours, Impact on the Arts Community, Resources for Artists and Organization, Artists We Have Lost.

COVID-19 Poster Project


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