While the coronavirus pandemic has halted a lot of activities worldwide, many nonprofits can’t stop working because they are directly or indirectly involved in humanitarian activities that help fight the pandemic.
Fortunately, a lot of private sector and government resources are out there to help nonprofits do their work during these trying times. But if you’re busy working as a nonprofit, you may not have time to research these resources. Which is why we’re here to help.
This guide takes you through the legal, funding, and government resources you need to survive the pandemic. Let’s get started.
The Covid Coalition
The Covid Coalition is a resource tool from the Indie Tech Solution’s team. The purpose of this resource is to provide a platform for nonprofits that are directly involved in helping communities during the pandemic and also help individuals affected by covid19 to find the right resources.
In simple terms, the CovidCoalition is a marketplace for both nonprofits and individuals dealing with the impact of the pandemic. From education to community support resources, this is a go-to platform for covid19 related resources for both individuals and nonprofits.
CARES Act Guidelines by the National Council of Nonprofits
CARES or the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act was passed unanimously by the House on 27th March 2020 and signed by the President into law. The Act is a $2 trillion stimulus package that seeks to provide relief for nonprofits, businesses, local and state government institutions, and individuals. The National Council of Nonprofits guide on this focuses more on the nonprofits’ side. The guide takes you through what is in the Act for nonprofits, eligibility, and how to leverage it.
U.S Chamber of Commerce Covid19 Loan Guide
The U.S Chamber of commerce has a great resource on how small businesses and probably your nonprofit can access the $350 billion that was allocated by the CARES Act to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). While this initiative talks more about providing loans to small businesses, other eligibility criteria are 501(c)(3) firms, of which your nonprofit might fall under. Read the Coronavirus Emergency Loans: Small Business Guide and Checklist.
The Jewish Foundation of North America PPP & EIDL Guide
Since a number of measures have been put in place to cushion nonprofits and businesses during this pandemic, it can be daunting to know which program to choose. That’s why the JFNA has a checklist of resources to help you differentiate between the Payment Protection Plan and the Economic Injury Disaster Loans. This resource helps you choose which is good for your organization based on the conditions outlined.
COVID19 Guidelines from the CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has some guidelines for people, businesses, and nonprofit organizations on how to keep everybody healthy and nonprofit flourishing during the lockdown. This guide will help you map the health issues and their impacts and how to deal with them.
National Council of Nonprofits Guide:
The president signed into law the H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act on March 19. The National Council of Nonprofits provides a comprehensive guide on how this works for nonprofits. Read it here: What the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Means to Nonprofits.
Other covid19 Related Resources
Nonprofit HR: “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” brochure
Nonprofit Quarterly: Tim Delaney in the Nonprofit Quarterly on “How Nonprofits Can Utilize the New Federal Laws Dealing with COVID-19”.
Nonprofit Risk Management Center: Are We Covered? Your Nonprofit’s Insurance Policies and COVID-19 Claims.
National Council of Nonprofits: A Compilation of COVID-19 Resources for Nonprofits. (https://www.councilofnonprofits.org/nonprofits-and-coronavirus-covid-19)