February 2, 2021 | 12:45 PM

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.

Be sure to check our COVID Resources website for updates, information, and resources to help you and your nonprofit navigate through the pandemic and its effects

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Black History Month Statement

“Today, we kick off Black History Month, a period in which we celebrate the impact of our Black-led nonprofit partners and the contributions and culture of Black Americans who have shaped history.
We are proud of the many Black women who are boldly leading nonprofits in Michigan and making a difference including Donna Murray-Brown, president and CEO of Michigan Nonprofit Association, Allandra Bulger, executive director at Co.act Detroit, Shamyle Dobbs, CEO of Michigan Community Resources and Yodit Mesfin Johnson, president and CEO of Nonprofit Enterprise at Work.  

As we honor the contributions Black Americans have made to the fabric of our state and our nation, we have made it a priority at Michigan Nonprofit Association to continue the fight for racial equity and justice.”
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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.  

Paycheck Protection Program & Employee Retention Credit Highlights

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA), signed into law earlier this year, is a $2.3 trillion spending bill that combines a nearly $900 billion coronavirus aid package with a $1.4 trillion spending bill to fund the federal government in 2021. Our partners at Maner Costerisan created a resource that highlights the Paycheck Protection Program & Employee Retention Credit. 

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An Open Letter to Community Foundations from a Concerned Executive Director

"I just got off a heartbreaking call with a fellow nonprofit executive director. It was the third such call today. She’s reached her limit. Relying on antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications, she’s losing her grip and her connection to the community she loves and serves. She is among an alarming number of nonprofit leaders who are on the brink. All while our nation is on the edge of civil unrest and facing threats of civil war from far-right extremists. Oh—and then there’s the pandemic."

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Knowing Your Limits at Work

If you need more structure at work, therapist Anastasia Locklin suggests the Ivy Lee method. At the end of each workday, make a list of six things to work on the following day. List them out in order of true importance. Tackle those things and only those things the next day. Read the story in NPR about ways to curb your procrastination, or listen to the episode on NPR.

The Pandemic Has Erased Entire Categories of Friendship (The Atlantic)

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Asking for Help

In an NPR interview with Olympic runner Alexi Pappas, she shared about her struggle with depression. She overcame it, in part, by thinking about her brain as a body part that could get injured — and heal — just like an arm or an ankle. That took something Pappas wasn’t used to asking for help. Read the story or listen to the episode

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


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