March 30, 2021 | 10:15 AM

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Resources & Webinar 

The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act. The program includes over $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance.

Find resources here.

Shuttered Venues Operators Grant (SVOG) Application Informational Webinar
Tuesday, March 30 | 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

This informational webinar will highlight the opening of the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application which is scheduled for Thursday, April 8, 2021. Join us as we cover what documentation eligible entities will need to apply for a SVOG, insight on what the SVOG application process will look like and more.

As a reminder, all potential SVOG applicants will need to be registered in the federal government’s System for Awards Management (also known as to apply.

Register here.

COVID-19 Vaccine Webinars

The National Council of Nonprofits is hosting two webinars about the COVID vaccines and nonprofits.
On the first webinar, we’ll hear from:

  • Dr. Vin Gupta, renowned medical and public health expert, about the COVID vaccines and the continuing importance for everyone to #MaskUp.
  • A representative from the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships about how nonprofits can be involved in getting everyone vaccinated (invited).
  • Three frontline nonprofits about how they are helping people in their communities overcome issues of trust in or access to COVID vaccines.

The second webinar will feature experts in law, volunteerism, and messaging discussing how to smoothly transition staff and volunteers from remote settings back to your in-person operations. One of the most common questions we’ve been hearing is “Can I require my staff to be vaccinated?” This webinar will share the answer to that question and many more.
Note: You will need to register for each webinar separately.
How Every Nonprofit Can Play a Role in Helping the Communities We Serve Get Vaccinated
Wednesday, April 7 | 3 PM

Register here.

What Nonprofits Need to Know as Staff and Volunteers Return from Remote to In-Person Operations
Friday, April 9 | 3 PM

Register here.


COVID-19 Vaccine Availability Expanded for Detroit

The Detroit mayor announced eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine has been expanded to include any Detroit resident age 16 or older, the final group expansion of the City’s mass vaccination campaign. 

TCF Center

Those eligible for the vaccine at TCF Center include:

  • NEW: Detroiters age 16 and older
  • Anyone who lives or works in Detroit and reports to a work site 
Vaccines for individuals age 16 & 17 will be provided as available. Pfizer is the only vaccine approved for those age 16 & 17.

Starting March 31, the City will expand capacity at TCF Center, providing first doses in the parking garage and second doses inside the convention center. The combined capacity will grow to 8,000 doses per day (combination of first and second doses).

Northwest Activities Center

Beginning April 3, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine site opens at Northwest Activities Center (NWAC), 18100 Meyers, from 9 AM - 1 PM.

Those eligible for the Johnson and Johnson vaccine include: 

  • Detroiters age 18 and older
  • Anyone 18 and older who lives or works in Detroit and reports to a work site 
Chief Public Health Officer Denise Fair said the Detroit Health Department is expected to receive 3300 doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine this week.  As the volume of Johnson & Johnson doses increases, the City will add hours and days and operate NWAC as its second major vaccination site.

NOTE: The Pfizer vaccine has been approved for individuals age 16 and 17. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are approved for individuals age 18 and older.

Scheduling Appointments and $2 Rides Available

Eligible individuals may call (313) 230-0505 between 9 AM - 6 PM., Monday - Friday to make an appointment at the TCF Center, Northwest Activities Center, and Community Saturdays events. Vaccinations will be administered by appointment only.

The City of Detroit continues to provide rides to TCF Center for $2 to Detroiters who need transportation. Rides must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance of an appointment. If a wheelchair-accessible vehicle is required, one will be provided. Call (313) 230-0505 to arrange for transportation.

COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard

The dashboard shows how many vaccines have been distributed and how many administered. See the dashboard here.

COVID-19 Vaccine Communication Resources

The Ad Council developed six communications toolkits to help community partners educate and provide answers to their members and stakeholders. These free, easy-to-use toolkits include messaging tips, videos, FAQs, social and digital media assets, educational events, and research that was rigorously vetted by CDC. Here are links to the toolkits: 

Grant Opportunity for Nonprofits Offering Summer Programming

The Michigan Department of Education, Office of Great Start is pleased to announce an informational technical assistance webinar regarding a new grant opportunity, State School Aid Act, Section 23e – Before and After School/Summer Learning-Community Based Organizations, that will be released in mid-April. The purpose of this grant will be for nonprofit, community-based organizations only* to provide before and after school and/or summer learning in-person programming to serve children in kindergarten through grade 8.

This webinar will give potential applicants information about the grant process, timeline, eligibility, and minimum requirements to help determine if this grant opportunity is a fit for your organization at this time. It is strongly encouraged that potential applicants attend the webinar on Wednesday, April 7, 2021, from 1-2 PM. 
Pre-registration is required by 4 PM no later than Tuesday, April 6, 2021. 

Please email with questions.

*School districts have a separate grant opportunity and process under the State School Aid Act, Section 23b, for before and after school, credit recovery, and summer learning. Additional information is available at
under MDE COVID Guidance Memos.

ICYMI - MNA's New Blog, MI Nonprofit Lowdown

POST: Survival Grants Ease COVID-19 Stress for Some Michigan Nonprofits

The coronavirus crisis has shown no mercy to Michigan’s nonprofit organizations with many struggling to hang on for more than a year now. But help arrived last month thanks to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s (MEDC) Michigan Small Business Survival Grant program. Relief totaling $52.5 million was doled out to nearly 6,000 small businesses and nonprofits statewide.

The money is a lifeline for local nonprofits struggling to stay afloat. “I was extremely grateful to receive the survival grant,” said Regina Pinney, Michigan Nonprofit Association member and executive director at
 Nonprofit Network in Jackson County. Her nonprofit experienced a 30% reduction in revenue in 2020, and she says the $3,500 grant they received will be used to cover payroll. Protecting payroll is our number one priority,” said Pinney. “People deliver our mission and making sure they know their job is safe allows them to fully concentrate on helping nonprofits.”

Continue reading here.


Community Conversations - Deep Dive (Member Only Event)
Tuesday, April 13 | 10 AM - 11:30 AM | Virtual

MNA members will have the option to participate in an additional conversation - How might we be better co-conspirators in the workplace? Or, in other words, how might we put our allyship into action?

MNA's Community Conversations series is a monthly career development series with a racial equity focus. These peer-learning opportunities give space for sector leaders to connect with colleagues, learn from each other, and share ideas on how to best center equity in your own organizations.

Please log in to your MNA membership account to register.  

MNA Monthly Member Connect
Wednesday, April 14 | 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Zoom
Join MNA monthly to learn more about relevant nonprofit topics from in-house experts, engage with fellow members and presenters and maximize your MNA membership by learning how to access your benefits and resources. Members and non-members are invited to the live events, while recordings will be available only to MNA members.
In April, learn about MNA’s Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (ICRC) initiative from MNA’s director of civic engagement initiatives Mariana Martinez. MNA is mobilizing nonprofits to achieve fair and impartial district maps for Michigan, specifically to promote racial equity so that communities of color have a voice and are not locked out of the important decision-making that occurs at the local, state, and federal levels.

Register here.

Technology Solutions: A Tailored Approach to Your Back Office
Wednesday, April 21 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM | Virtual

Even before COVID-19, companies had been moving away from their manual, labor-intensive processes toward new, efficient automated systems. The pandemic only underscored the need for reliable and streamlined systems as teams began working from home and cash flow became an immediate concern. While automation and digital transformation are not new concepts, they are trends that are growing rapidly as we move through 2021. During this session, UHY will provide an agnostic comparison of the technology solutions that companies are utilizing to transform their back offices.

Register here.

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