PUBLIC POLICY & CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
ATTENTION: Nonprofits with Fewer than 20 Employees
Act Fast – Now Is the Best Time to Apply for a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan
For a two-week period, the Small Business Administration and Paycheck Protection Program lenders will process loan applications ONLY from nonprofits and for-profit businesses with fewer than 20 employees.
Starting Wednesday, February 24 and running through Tuesday, March 9, the exclusive small-employer PPP processing window is designed to provide more equitable relief by “targeting the PPP to the smallest businesses and those that have been left behind in previous relief efforts” to ensure that lenders give smaller employers the attention they need to work their way through the application process.
If you think your nonprofit may be eligible for an initial PPP loan or a second draw loan Congress authorized at the end of 2020, now is the best time to contact a lender and find out how much relief may be available. Learn more at SBA.gov.
Paycheck Protection Program Technical Assistance
We’re now in the second round of PPP and local nonprofits are strongly urged to apply even if your application was rejected the first time. In partnership with Insights 3, Co.act Detroit, Opportunity Resource Fund, Apparatus Solutions, and Community Reinvestment Fund (Detroit), we have technical assistance available. Don't wait - time is running out!
Visit here for more details on technical assistance.
Save the Date! From Talk to Action: Policymaking at the Margins
Tuesday, March 23 | 9:00 – 11:30 AM | Zoom
Michigan Nonprofit Association is hosting “From Talk to Action: Policymaking at the Margins” on Tuesday, March 23.
The Detroit Equity Action Lab (DEAL) will lead a discussion about policy change through a racial equity lens. The morning program will consist of a keynote address introducing concepts followed by facilitated breakout exercises. In the afternoon, we will meet with legislators via Zoom.
DEAL is a program of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at Wayne State University’s Law School and its mission is to develop leaders who work to end structural racism. DEAL is an innovative hub for community-driven research, programming, and media, working to dismantle racist systems using a knowledge, network, and narrative framework.
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RESOURCES & INFORMATION
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
Michigan is following CDC recommendations for prioritization of distribution and administration of COVID-19 vaccines. Vaccine distribution and education is vital to reopening Michigan. New resources for helping to educate Michigan residents can be found here:
Nonprofit Leadership Census
Michigan Nonprofit Association in partnership with Data Driven Detroit with support from the Knight Foundation and the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy is excited to announce the release of the first-ever Nonprofit Leadership Census survey aimed at building a solidarity network among BIPOC-led nonprofits (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) in the city of Detroit.
The survey is open to all nonprofits in Detroit and is intended to generate the first comprehensive, diverse data set about nonprofit leadership in the city. Amid a global racial reckoning, the effect of such a collaboration in communities of color and Indigenous communities could be transformative.
Complete the survey here.
2021 State of Grantseeking
The 2021 State of Grantseeking™ is a survey of nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, grant specialists, managers, and writers, and government entities conducted by GrantStation to reveal the current state of grantseeking in the United States and the world. This year it includes a special section on the impact of the coronavirus on your organization and on your grantseeking.
Visit here to complete the survey.
Host an MSU Intern
Students at MSU are interested in the nonprofit sector and are seeking an unpaid internship for academic credit. Some programs have an experiential learning requirement, meaning that many students need to complete an internship or some other experiential learning experience. This internship typically requires at least 10 hours of work per week for one semester or during the summer. The experience should have some educational value for the student and be related to their studies, in our case the focus on employment and workplace strategies that make organizations more effective. Learn more here and contact Thuy-Tram Butler, Director of Career Development & Placement at firstname.lastname@example.org.
COVID-19 Vaccine Community Town Hall
Thursday, February 25, 2021 | 4:00 PM
Recognizing that Michigan residents have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, the State of Michigan is hosting the next in a series of community town halls. The event will address questions within communities of color.
Friday, February 26, 2021 | 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Please join us for MNA's first Community Conversation of 2021. The focus of these conversations is to build leadership to support the sector's capacity and action towards the racial justice imperatives facing the sector. This peer learning opportunity will be a way to connect with colleagues, learn from each other's experiences, and share ideas on how to center equity in your own organizations. We will be hosting these conversations monthly, with opportunities for BIPOC leadership breakout sessions.
For our February conversation, we'll use this time to reflect on the past 12 months - what are some lessons learned? How might we move forward as a sector?
Monthly Member Connect: Learn / Engage / Maximize
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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.
This month, learn about MNA’s state and federal public policy priorities, advocacy efforts on behalf of the nonprofit sector, and an update on the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (ICRC) initiative from MNA’s External Affairs Officer Joan Gustafson.