Support organizations and businesses and their staff

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Last Updated: April 4, 2020

Head to these sites for for up to date information on business and organization support:

Share your priorities for the fourth coronavirus relief package with Rep. Jayapal: 

Here are a few direct links to major resources:

Tips:

Relief Funds

Major relief funds for the art organizations and businesses are beginning to emerge including: 

  • City Of Seattle announced an initial $1.1 Million arts recovery package to support creative workers and arts and cultural organizations (application information not yet available)
  • The 4Culture King County Cultural Relief Fund will distribute $1 million over the coming months. Applications are now open to individuals who reside in King County and can demonstrate current and ongoing work in the fields of arts, heritage, preservation or public art and organizations whose primary mission relates to arts, heritage, or preservation.
  • Seattle Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund: working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of the outbreak
  • Keep Workers Healthy and Safe: the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce fund provides immediate cash assistance is designed to help employers continue to provide uninterrupted medical insurance for their employees and keep employees safe by offsetting the costs of additional sanitization and safety supplies.

Resources and Relief Funds by Creative Industry

Check this list of Resources by Creative Industry for relief funds, industry-specific information and other support for artists and the creative sector.

Creative Community Resource Lists and Funds

Know of other resources?

We know there are gaps and resources we haven’t discovered yet, and we’re working fast to add more.

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UPDATE:

The House has passed the $2 Trillion Stimulus package. The package expands jobless aid, providing an additional 13 weeks and a four-month enhancement of benefits, and for the first time would extend the payments to freelancers and gig workers.

The measure includes $377 billion in federally guaranteed loans to small businesses. Details are still emerging on some aspects of the Small Business Administration programs.

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses and non-profit organizations to keep their workers on the payroll. 

The loan may be fully forgiven if the funds are used for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities (at least 75% of the forgiven amount must have been used for payroll). 

SBA is also offering emergency relief funds of immediate cash assistance up to $10,000: Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). You can receive these loans and still apply for and receive the PPP loans, but the EIDL will be taken into consideration in the amount forgiven of the PPP.

US Chamber of Commerce SBA Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist covers PPP and EIDL and provides an overview of the loan amounts and calculations for small business.

The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act has Q & A on both types of loans. 

Seattle’s Office Economic Development is providing assistance to businesses applying for these loans, including helping them navigate the application process and assemble the required documents. Businesses interested in these services should complete an intake survey and OED staff will reach out within one business day. If a business needs assistance completing the intake they can call OED directly at (206-684-8090).

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