February 9, 2021 | 11:45 AM

COVID-19 is taking a tremendous economic toll on Michigan nonprofits, and we know the virus will remain a threat for months to come, if not years. As Michigan nonprofits scramble to implement new operating plans and to meet the increasing demand for services, the need for accessible, trusted resources is greater now than ever.

This series is presented in partnership with Michigan Nonprofit Association, Co.act Detroit, Michigan Community Resources, and the Council of Michigan Foundations. 

Check it out here!

Shuttered Venues Grant Program Update

The Small Business Administration has issued its first batch of answers to Frequently Asked Questions on the Shuttered Venue Operators Grants Program, one of the new programs in the year-end COVID relief bill. While largely targeted to for-profit stages for live entertainment, nonprofits are eligible.

Among the questions answered: Can an organization apply for both a PPP Second Draw and SVO Grant? (not at the same time). Are charitable donations and grants counted in determining revenue loss? (no, only “earned revenue from various sales of goods or services, such as admission tickets, merchandise, food and beverages, advertising sales and contracted presentation income.”)

Note, the SVOG program uses a different calculation than the PPP for counting declining revenue for determining eligibility. We understand that these FAQs could be changed after consultation with stakeholders. More FAQs are expected.
 Shuttered Venue Operators Grants: Frequently Asked Questions, Small Business Administration, Jan. 27, 2021.


COVID Relief Legislation – Nonprofit Letter

1,927 nonprofits from all 50 states have signed onto the new nonprofit letter. Michigan has 84 signers! The letter calls for a package of solutions tailored to the needs and realities of nonprofits. Specifically, the letter calls for nonprofit-specific grants and forgivable loans for nonprofits of all sizes, and increase and extension of charitable giving incentives, full coverage of unemployment costs of reimbursing (self-insured) employers, and financial aid to state and local governments. Whether a deal will include nonprofit priorities depends on us. Read the letter to the federal leaders and go here to sign on now. Thanks to everyone who has already signed, if you want to do more, please share with your network.  

COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard

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

How is Your Business Approaching the Vaccination Process?

Now that a COVID-19 vaccine is a reality, and distribution and administration are underway, the Detroit Regional Chamber is calling on business leaders to provide input on their plans for educating and communicating with their workforce about the vaccine.

Share your thoughts on vaccine rollout, timing, employee engagement, and more in a brief survey.

COVID Impact Survey

We understand this is a challenging time and we are committed to understanding and learning more about how this pandemic is affecting your organization. We’re working to provide resources, training, and support for nonprofits.

To access the surveyclick here


How to Win Grants for Advancing Racial Equity
Thursday, February 11, 2021 | 2:00 - 3:15 PM ET 

As the nation confronts the urgent need for racial and economic justice, grantmakers are pouring unprecedented billions into racial-equity efforts. Many nonprofits have elevated their DEI efforts as well.

How can nonprofits of all missions attract grant dollars to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion within your organization and the community?

Expert guests include:
  • C’Ardiss “CC” Gardner Gleser, executive at the Satterberg Foundation, which recently increased its support for groups led by people of color
  • Sean Goode, executive director of a nonprofit that helps young people stay out of the criminal justice system
They'll explain how to build ties with foundations that may support DEI efforts, build a strong case for support, and convey the impact of your work in compelling ways.

Register now to secure a spot. 

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