Oregon Cultural Trust Federal CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund Cultural Support Application Guidelines

Oregon Cultural Trust
Federal CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund Cultural Support Application Guidelines

Application Deadline: Noon (12:00pm) on Monday, August 24, 2020
Online Application Link: https://development.oregon4biz.com/acton/media/14786/2020- crf-cultural-support

Covered Period: March 1 to December 30, 2020

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The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act established the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) and appropriated $150 billion to the Fund. Under the CARES Act, CRF is to be used to make payments for specified uses to States and certain local governments; the District of Columbia and U.S. Territories (consisting of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands); and Tribal governments. The State of Oregon has allocated $25,984,872 in CRF for Cultural Support (CRFCS) “for business, innovation and trade, for providing financial assistance to arts organizations and cultural and community venues that have canceled or postponed public programming because of economic conditions and executive orders associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Cultural Trust Vision and Mission

We envision an Oregon that champions and invests in creative expression and cultural exchange, driving innovation and opportunity for all. The mission of the Cultural Trust is to lead Oregon in cultivating, growing and valuing culture as an integral part of communities. We do this by inspiring Oregonians to invest in a permanent fund that provides annual grants to cultural organizations. – Cultural Trust Board of Directors

The Cultural Trust defines culture as encompassing the arts, heritage, humanities, history and preservation. Since 2001 the Cultural Trust has supported culture statewide through nonprofit cultural organizations, County and Tribal Coalitions and statewide partners. Nonprofit cultural organizations will be prioritized for CRFCS funding.

The Cultural Trust, along with its sister agency the Oregon Arts Commission, is housed in Business Oregon, the state economic development agency. The Oregon Arts Commission became part of Business Oregon in 1993. In 2003, the Oregon legislature moved the operations of the Cultural Trust to Business Oregon in recognition of the expanding role the arts and culture play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities.

Purpose of CRFCS
These guidelines are in accordance with the U.S. Department of the Treasury. The CARES Act requires that the payments from the Coronavirus Relief Fund only be used to cover expenses that:

  1. Are necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID–19);
  2. Were not accounted for in the budget most recently approved as of March 27, 2020 (the date of enactment of the CARES Act) for the State or government; and
  3. Were incurred during the period that begins on March 1, 2020, and ends on December 30, 2020.

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The intended use of these CRFCS funds is to provide financial assistance to cultural organizations and cultural community venues that have canceled or postponed public programming because of economic conditions and executive orders associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications will be considered from cultural (arts, history, heritage and humanities) organizations and cultural community venues and organizations that did not receive grants directly from the Department of Administrative Services under the Oregon Business Development Department/Department of Administrative Services, Statewide Business and Cultural Support as passed by the Oregon State Legislative Emergency Board on July 14, 2020.

Funding Awards: Application and Distribution Process

The Oregon Cultural Trust will promote and distribute this application directly to cultural organizations and community venues in coordination with County and Tribal Coalitions (Coalitions) and other partners. Applications to the CRFCS program will be submitted directly to the Cultural Trust, which will partner with respective County Coalitions to review applications for eligibility, funding request amounts and community cultural impact. Cultural Trust Partner representatives, Trust Board Members and other stakeholders will also be involved in the review process as needed.

Submitted applications will be reviewed for eligibility, completeness and accuracy. Applications that meet stated program eligibility and need requirements will be authorized for funding, pending availability of funds.

The Cultural Trust will develop an equitable statewide award allocation formula. Informed by the County and Tribal Coalition funding model, the award allocation formula will establish a base amount of funds by county or tribe. County population calculations are then applied, adjusted by total received eligible request amounts and the organization’s fiscal size. COVID-19 expenses funded by previous Federal CARES ACT funding are not eligible in this program.

The Cultural Trust will award each Coalition the aggregate of all awards made in their county service area reflecting individual award amounts for each organization. Coalitions will provide final review and process organization contracts.

The funding period is restricted by federal law to necessary expenditures incurred due to the COVID-19 public health emergency beginning March 1, 2020, through December 30, 2020.

Any Coalition funds not allocated by September 15, 2020, will be returned to the Cultural Trust for reallocation to other Coalitions.

Application Deadline

All applications for funding must be received no later than noon (12:00pm) on Monday, August 24, 2020. The majority of funds will be distributed by the Coalitions by September 15, 2020. Any unallocated funds will be returned to the Cultural Trust for redistribution to other Coalitions.

Eligibility

The Cultural Trust seeks to support a wide range of cultural organizations and projects, making investments across the state. ORS 359.400 defines a “cultural organization” as one that is “organized primarily for the purpose of producing, promoting or presenting the arts, history, heritage and humanities to the public or organized primarily for identifying, documenting, interpreting and preserving cultural resources.” Organizations using a fiscal sponsor are not eligible to apply.

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At the time of the application deadline, all applicant organizations must:

  • Have active organization registration with the State of Oregon’ Secretary of State and
  • Provide services that take place within the state of Oregon; and
  • Be a cultural entity within a federally recognized Indian Tribe based in Oregon; or
  • Be an institution of higher learning (universities and colleges) that has a significant cultural

    program or cultural organization; or

  • Be an organization that operates county fairgrounds; or
  • Be a local government or organization that operates festivals and/or community cultural events.

    Organizations must be in operation for a minimum of one year.

    During the covered period awarded organizations must have or acquire an active:

  • DUNS Number (DUNS Link)
  • Registration with the System Award Management (SAM Link)

    If your organization does not have an active registration with SAM and DUNS number at the time of application you will need to acquire these no later than December 30, 2020.

    The Cultural Trust may require additional information, and has final authority on eligibility determination.

    A searchable list and PDF of many eligible cultural organizations is available on the Cultural Trust website.

    Organizations that receive other CRF awards from the Department of Administrative Services as outlined in the “Item 2: Oregon Business Development Department/Department of Administrative Services, Statewide Business and Cultural Support” (passed by the Oregon State Legislative Emergency Board on July 14, 2020) are not eligible for CRFCS funding. For a list of organizations and more information see the Item 2 document.

    Requirements and Limitations

    Only one application per cultural organization or cultural entity within a tribe will be accepted. No matching funds are required.

    Criteria to receive funding include:

  • Applicant has cancelled or will cancel or postpone public programming because of economic

    conditions and executive orders associated with the COVID-19 pandemic;

  • Applicant has a demonstrated revenue loss since March 1, 2020;
  • Applicant has articulated and demonstrated an appropriate use of the funding in accordance with

    the stated purpose of the CRFCS guidance; and

  • Applicant agrees to the accountability of accepting and using CRFCS with appropriate financial

    documentation and fiscal oversight

    CRF Cultural Support funds can only be used to cover expenses during the period that begins on March 1, 2020, and ends on December 30, 2020, and that are necessary expenditures incurred due to the COVID– 19 public health emergency.

    Eligible expenditures must align with Federal CRF guidelines; see the Coronavirus Relief Fund Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

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Nonexclusive examples of eligible expenditures include, but are not limited to, payment expenses associated with the provision of economic support in connection with the COVID-19 public health emergency, such as:

  • Reimbursement of the costs of business interruption caused by required closures and/or reduced operations (excluding PPP or other federal funds); rent, lease or mortgage/loan payments for venue facilities; and operating costs (insurance, utilities, and personnel).
  • Reimbursement of costs associated with venue reopening, including alterations to facilities to meet reopening guidelines, extra cleaning costs or supplies and the purchase of employee personal protective equipment (PPE);
  • Reimbursement of costs associated with transitioning services to alternative means or methods (i.e. online services or outdoor or limited attendance performances); and
  • Durable goods or services acquired during the covered period that were previously unbudgeted and a necessary expense incurred due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

    Local governments operating cultural organizations

    For venues and programs owned by state or local government that had budgeted for operating costs prior to the pandemic, CARES Act Funds cannot be used as revenue replacement and usual operating expenses are not eligible. Publicly-owned venues are eligible for costs attributable to the pandemic that were not budgeted, such as additional cleaning costs, certain personnel costs or PPE. Local governments are encouraged to review the U.S. Treasury guidance for eligible expenses.

    Ineligible Expenditures

    In addition to eligibility requirements, there are clear limitations to the use of CRF. Funds may not be used for:

    • Previously budgeted costs incurred outside of the covered period (March 1, 2020 to December 30, 2020);
    • Performance or delivery of a good or service received prior to or after the covered period.
    • Damages covered by insurance;
    • Reimbursement to donors for donated items or services;
    • Expenses that have been or will be reimbursed under any federal program, such as the

      reimbursement by the federal government pursuant to the CARES Act of contributions by States

      to State unemployment funds;

    • Workforce bonuses other than hazard pay or overtime;
    • Property taxes;
    • Capital improvement projects, if not a necessary expenditure incurred due to COVID-19*;
    • Severance pay; and
    • Legal settlements.

      *Consult with the Cultural Trust prior to receiving CRF if capital improvements are required.

      No authority has been given to charge an indirect rate or cost to CRF and therefore indirect costs will not be allowed. As a result, any cost, including an administrative cost (which is allowed provided it meets the three CRF criteria), must be a direct cost and traceable to the allowable activities.

      Accountability

      Grantee is subject to 2 CRF 200.303 Internal Controls; 2 CRF 200.330 through 200.332 Subrecipient Monitoring and Management; and Subpart F regarding Audit Requirements. Awarded organizations must keep records sufficient to demonstrate that the amount of Fund payment has been used in accordance with section 601 (d) of the Social Security Act and in the case of an audit.

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The Cultural Trust and Coalitions are accountable to the Governor’s Office, the Oregon Legislature, the Cultural Trust Board, Business Oregon and Trust Donors. The Cultural Trust supports organizational leaders in making their best decisions about the future of their organizations during these challenging times; CRFCS is being made available with the understanding that applicants will provide full and accurate information to the best of their knowledge at the time of application.

Final Reporting Requirements

Within 30 days of the conclusion of the covered period (January 30, 2021) awardees will be required to submit a final report to the Cultural Trust that documents eligible expenditures and full accounting of itemized expenses as listed on the original application. The Coalition will send the final report form to recipients shortly after awards are made. The final report will contain a self-certification that all funds were expended in accordance with U.S. Department of the Treasury guidance.

Application Form and Submission

Organizations may submit an application online. The Cultural Trust and/or Coalition may contact applicants for more information.

The application form is on the following pages. The online system DOES NOT ALLOW you to save and return later. You will need to complete the application in one session*. Review the following questions prior to launching the online application and prepare your responses in advance. We recommend preparing your responses to the questions in a word processing program as well as your funding requests.

*If you do not complete the online application in one session you will need to start over. Please plan accordingly.

Assistance

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Americans with Disabilities Act Statement of Non-discrimination: Any entity that provides services to the public must certify that it complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, 42, USC Sec. 12101, et seq. and agrees not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, religion, color, sex, marital status, political opinion, familial status, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, military status, gender identity, source of income or disability status. The Cultural Trust provides assistance to Oregon cultural groups on issues of access. Contact the Oregon Cultural Trust at (503) 986-0082 or kat.bell@oregon.gov for information or assistance. TDD assistance is available at (800) 735-2900. Applicants will certify their compliance within the application.

Appeal Process

Appeals may not be made on the basis of an applicant’s disagreement with an assessment of how the application met the review criteria or the amount of the award. Applicants considering an appeal should contact Cultural Trust Manager Aili Schreiner by phone at (503) 986-0089 or email Aili.Schreiner@oregon.gov for advice and guidance. Letters of appeal must be submitted to the Cultural Trust’s Executive Director within 10 days of award notification. Appeals are reviewed and acted on by the Cultural Trust Board. Appeals may result in an approval of an award or an increase in the award amount if the applicant can satisfactorily document that the application was misrepresented or improperly reviewed through no fault of the applicant. If the appeal is supported by the Cultural Trust’s Board, funds will be awarded only if they are available.

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Oregon Cultural Trust Coronavirus Relief Funding (CRF) CRF Cultural Support
Application

  1. 1  Organization Name (as registered with IRS)
  2. 2  DBA Organization Name (if applicable)
  1. 3  Employer Identification Number
  2. 4  DUNS Number
  3. 5  Is Organization registered with

    System Award Management

  4. 6  Is your organization registered as a

    cultural nonprofit with the Cultural

    Trust?

  5. 7  Street Address 1
  6. 8  Street Address 2
  7. 9  City
  8. 10  State
  9. 11  Zip
  10. 12  Oregon County
  11. 13  Website
  12. 14  Primary Contact
  13. 15  Role/Title
  14. 16  Phone
  15. 17  Email
  16. 18  Secondary Contact
  17. 19  Role/Title
  18. 20  Phone
  19. 21  Email
  20. 22  Primary Purpose of Organization

(EIN Link) (DUNS Link)

(SAM Link)

Yes/No

Yes/No

Drop down list

Options: Cultural Institution; Cultural Entity within federally recognized Indian Tribe in Oregon; Organization that operates county fairground; Cultural Institution housed in Higher Education; or Organization that operates festivals and/or community cultural event; county fair; festival or community cultural event

  1. 23  Last completed fiscal year end date
  2. 24  Total Income for last completed fiscal year*
  3. 25  Total Expenses for last completed fiscal year*

*Refer to most recently submitted IRS Form 990. Exempt organizations with annual budgets under $50,000 may use most recently audited financial reports. For cultural organizations, programs or county fairs housed in recognized Tribes, institutions of higher learning, or local governments, income and expenses must refer only to cultural programs(s).

  1. 26  Provide a brief overview of your organization. For cultural organizations or programs housed in recognized Tribes or in higher learning, overview must focus on cultural activities of the program.
  2. 27  Provide a brief overview of the impacts of COVID-19 on your organization.

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Oregon Cultural Trust Coronavirus Relief Funding (CRF) CRF Cultural Support Application

Organization Name:

Covered Period March 1, 2020 to December 30, 2020. All expenses must fall within the period.

Questions

  1. 1a  Has, or will, your organization experience business interruption caused

    by required COVID-19 closures and/or reduced operations? Calculate the costs of business interruption to your organization, including costs incurred such as payroll expenses, rent or mortgage payments for venue facilities, and operating costs.

  2. 1b  If yes, what is the reimbursement cost of business interruption
  3. 1c  Brief Description:
  1. 2a  Is your organization incurring costs associated with venue reopening, alterations to facilities to meet reopening guidelines, extra cleaning costs or supplies, and the purchase of employee personal protective equipment (PPE)?
  2. 2b  If yes, what is the reimbursement cost of reopening
  3. 2c  Brief Description:

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

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  1. 3a  Has or will your organization transition services to alternative means or methods (i.e. online services or outdoor or limited attendance performances)?
  2. 3b  If yes, what is the reimbursement cost of transiting services
  3. 3c  Brief Description:
  1. 4a  Has or will your organization purchase durable goods or services during the covered period that were previously unbudgeted and a necessary expense incurred due to the COVID-19 public health emergency?
  2. 4b  If yes, enter the amount
  3. 4c  Brief Description:

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5 Total Amount of necessary expenditures incurred during covered period (Add lines 1b + 2b + 3b + 4b)

6 Funds your organization received or accounted for as approved in the March 27, 2020 CARES Budget (if applicable)*

7 Total Eligible Amount

8 Request Amount (CRFCS)
Line 7 and Line 8 may be the same amount.

(Subtract Line 6 from Line 5)

*Includes all sources including but not limited to PPP, NEA, NEH, WESTAF For cultural organizations or programs housed in recognized Tribes or in

higher learning , expenses must be for cultural program.

For venues and programs owned by state or local government and that had budgeted for operating costs prior to the pandemic, CARES Act Funds cannot be used as revenue replacement and usual operating expenses are not eligible.

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Coronavirus Relief Funds for Cultural Support (CRFCS) Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply for CRFCS funds?

Cultural organizations in Oregon who have suffered financial losses due to COVID-19, including:

  • Cultural nonprofits listed on the Cultural Trust website
  • Cultural entities within a federally recognized Indian Tribe based in Oregon
  • Institutions of higher learning that have a significant cultural program or organization
  • Organizations that operate county fairgrounds
  • Local governments or organizations that operate cultural festivals and/or community cultural

    events

    Where do these funds come from?

    These are Federal CARES funds given to the state of Oregon to offset the economic impact of COVID-19.

    What can the funds be used for?

    Per the US Treasury guidelines, funds can only be used to cover expenses incurred by the public health emergency (COVID-19) that were not accounted for in the organization’s budget prior to March 27, 2020 but were incurred between March 1, 2020 and December 30, 2020. These include:

  • Lost income due to canceled or postponed public programming due to executive orders associated with the COVID-19 pandemic; including reimbursement to cost of business interruptions such as:

    o Staffing expense
    o Rent or mortgage payments o Operatingcosts

  • Expenses incurred due to executive orders associated with the COVID-19 pandemic; including:

o Facility alterations/cleaning expenses/PPE to meet reopening guidelines
o Purchase of durable goods or services previously unbudgeted, such as staff

telecommuting expenses, hard costs associated with move to virtual programming, etc.

Application questions and eligible expenses

Question 1. Has, or will, your organization experience business interruption caused by required COVID-19 closures and/or reduced operations? Calculate the costs of business interruption to your organization, including costs incurred such as payroll expenses, rent or mortgage payments for venue facilities, and operating costs.

Eligible expenditures include, but are not limited to, payment for COVID-19 related costs associated with:

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  • Business interruption to cultural organization caused by required closures (reimbursement for payroll, rent/mortgage payments, operating expenses)
  • Unemployment insurance costs related to the COVID-19 public health emergency if such costs will not be reimbursed by the federal government pursuant to the CARES Act or otherwise.
  • Other COVID-19-related expenses reasonably necessary to the function of cultural organization that satisfy the Fund’s eligibility criteria.

    Question 2. Is your organization incurring costs associated with venue reopening, alterations to facilities to meet reopening guidelines, extra cleaning costs or supplies, and the purchase of employee personal protective equipment (PPE)?

    Eligible expenditures include, but are not limited to, payment for:

    • Expenses for acquisition and distribution of medical and protective supplies, including

      sanitizing products and personal protective equipment, for use by cultural organization staff

      in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

    • Expenses for cultural organization public safety measures undertaken in response to COVID-

      19.

      Question 3. Has or will your organization purchase durable goods or services during the covered period that were previously unbudgeted and a necessary expense incurred due to the COVID-19 public health emergency?

      Eligible expenditures include, but are not limited to, payment for:

    • Expenses to facilitate distance learning or cultural programming, including technological

      improvements, in connection cultural facility/venue closures to enable compliance with

      COVID-19 precautions.

    • Expenses to improve telework capabilities for cultural employees to enable compliance with

      COVID-19 public health precautions.

    • Expenses of providing paid sick and paid family and medical leave to cultural employees to

      enable compliance with COVID-19 public health precautions.

      When can I apply?

      Due to the limited time frame set by the Oregon Legislature, the application will be open from Wednesday, August 12 to noon (12 pm) on Monday, August 24, 2020. All funds must be awarded by Coalitions no later than September 15, 2020.

      How are these funds being distributed?

      The Trust has created an online application form to collect applications from organizations around the state. These will be organized into county groups and will be reviewed for eligibility and completeness. A funding formula will capture key data points such as organization budget size, request for funds, and a county per capita calculation to set recommended award sizes for each county and applying organizations. The Trust will support its County Coalitions with their review of the applications, and then send a lump sum to each Coalition to distribute to successful applicants. An award agreement template will be provided.

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Who are the Cultural Coalitions and what is their role in distributing these funds?

Oregon’s 45 county and tribal Cultural Coalitions are funded directly by the Trust and are unique to the state. Led by dedicated volunteers, each coalition prioritizes community cultural goals and annually distributes seed grants that address the needs of each county. Among these are Oregon’s nine federally recognized tribes, whose cultural contributions are integral to the region’s cultural vitality. Per the Oregon Legislature, Coalitions are required to review CRFCS applications and funding allocations from applicants in their county, over a limited period of time. Coalitions will be asked to contract with each organization for a determined award size.

What is the timeline for awarding these funds?

All awards must be made to applying organizations no later than September 15, 2020.

Can the Coalitions receive some funding to support the extra administrative work?

Yes, each Coalition may receive up to 5% of their County award to offset additional administrative costs incurred to process grant awards

What are the final reporting requirements?

Organizations awarded funding are subject to 2 CRF 200.303 Internal Controls; 2 CRF 200.330 through 200.332 Subrecipient Monitoring and Management; and Subpart F regarding Audit Requirements. Awarded organizations must keep records sufficient to demonstrate that the amount of Fund payment has been used in accordance with section 601 (d) of the Social Security Act and in the case of an audit.

Final reporting instruction will be provided to grantees shortly after awards are made.

Questions? Please contact your regional County CRFCS program application representative. All emails must include in the subject line “CRFCS” followed by your organization’s name.

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Federal CARES Act Oregon Cultural Trust

Coronavirus Relief Funds for Cultural Support (CRFCS)

Application Support

Please review the guidelines for the CRFCS program in advance of submitting your application. Application submission period: August 12 to 12 pm, August 24, 2020

Link to Application: https://development.oregon4biz.com/acton/media/14786/2020-crf- cultural-support

Questions? Please contact your regional County CRFCS program application representative. All emails must include in the subject line “CRFCS” followed by your organization’s name.

North & South Coast (Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook, Coos, Curry, Douglas) Name: Tawni Bean

Email: Tawni.Bean@oregon.gov Phone: (503) 551-0957

Metro (Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington) Name: Raissa Fleming

Email: Raissa.Fleming@oregon.gov Phone: (503) 986-0090

Aili Schreiner

Aili.Schreiner@oregon.gov

(503) 428-0963

Mid-Valley and Southern (Yamhill, Marion, Polk, Josephine, Jackson) Name: Audrey Hatch

Email: Audrey.Hatch@oregon.gov Phone: (503) 934-0605

South Valley/Mid-Coast (Lincoln, Benton, Linn, Lane) Name: Liora Sponko

Email: Liora.Sponko@oregon.gov Phone: (971) 345-1641

North & South Central (Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Klamath, Lake) Name: Jillian McCarthy

Email: Jillian.McCarthy@oregon.gov Phone: (503) 986-0033

Central & Northeast (Jefferson, Crook, Deschutes, Wallowa, Union, Baker) Name: Coby Menton

Email: Coby.Menton@oregon.gov Phone: (541) 786-0061

Greater Eastern South & Northern (Gilliam, Morrow, Umatilla, Wheeler, Grant, Harney, Malheur) Name: Gretchen Kirchner

Email: Gretchen.Kirchner@oregon.gov Phone: (503) 986-0105

Small Business Assistance Grants available from Clackamas County

Applications will be accepted June 29 through July 3

Clackamas County is offering Small Business Assistance grants to help businesses owners pay rent, payroll, and bills to help them recover from the effects of the global pandemic.

The program, provided in cooperation with Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon (MESO), will provide a total of $420,000 in grants, with individual grants starting at $2,500.

Clackamas County encourages applications from minority-owned, woman-owned and veteran-owned businesses, and sole proprietorships. MESO, the county and the grant review committee will work to ensure equitable distribution of the grants.

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for a grant, a business must:

  • Serve Clackamas County residents
  • Employed fewer than 25 employees on Feb. 29, 2020
  • Affected economically by COVID-19 in at least ONE of the following categories:
    • Had to close because of Governor’s Executive Order 20-12.
    • For-profit businesses can demonstrate a one-month decline in revenue of more than 50% in the month of March 2020 or April 2020 as compared with revenue in the month of January 2020 or February 2020.
    • Non-profit businesses can demonstrate a decline in revenue greater than 50% across the months of March 2020 and April 2020 as compared with the same period of time in 2019.
  • Have been unable to access federal CARES Act funds, including:
    • Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program
    • Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance program
    • Other federal programs for emergency pandemic funding
  • If part of a chain, must be an individually-owned franchise.

For Questions
Jon Legarza
Business and Economic Development Coordinator
Business and Community Services
503-742-4BIZ

Application

Applications are available beginning at 8 a.m., Monday, June 29. All applications that are complete and received by the 5 p.m., Friday, July 3 will be considered.

For information on determining eligibility, how to complete the form or what documents may be needed, contact Linda Tran at MESO, clackamasgrants@mesopdx.org or 503-489-7410

 

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USDA is Seeking Applications for Technology Grants to Expand Access to Healthcare and Education in Rural Areas

The deadline to apply is May 15, 2019

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is accepting applications for grants to use broadband technology to improve access to healthcare and educational services in rural communities.

Rural Development will award grants ranging from $50,000 to $500,000 through its Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program. The grants can be used to finance telecommunication equipment, computer networks, and advanced technologies to support job training, academic instruction, or access to specialized medical care in rural areas.

Most state and local government entities, federally-recognized tribes, nonprofits, for-profit businesses, or a consorita of these are eligible to apply.

Proposals for projects whose primary purpose is either to provide opioid use disorder treatment and counseling services or to offer access to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses will receive up to 10 priority points.

The application deadline is May 15, 2019. Grants are awarded through a national competition.

Each application must provide evidence of consultation with the Rural Development State Director. When requesting evidence of consultation, applicants should provide an executive summary of the project, as well as the proposed grant and match amounts. Applicants in Oregon should contact the state office as early as possible in the application process at erin.mcduff@or.usda.gov or at the following address:

USDA Rural Development
ATTN: Erin McDuff
1220 SW 3rd Avenue
Suite 1801
Portland, OR 97204

Prior to applying, applicants are encouraged to review the 2019 Traditional Application Guide. For additional details about the program and how to apply, see Funding Opportunity Announcement No. RUS-19-02-DLT.

USDA Announces Community Connect Grant Program. Deadline: April 15, 2018

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development announced it is accepting FY 2019 applications for the Community Connect Grant Program. The Community Connect program helps rural communities extend access where broadband service is least likely to be commercially available, but where it can make a tremendous difference in the quality of life for people and businesses.
The projects funded by these grants help rural residents tap into the enormous potential of the Internet for jobs, education, healthcare, public safety and community development. Funds can be used for:
  • The construction, acquisition, or leasing of facilities, spectrum, land or buildings used to deploy broadband service;
  • The cost of providing broadband service free of charge to the critical community facilities for 2 years;
  • Less than 10% of the grant amount or up to $150,000 may be used for the improvement, expansion, construction or acquisition of a community center that provides online access to the public.
Matching funds of at least 15% from non-federal sources are required and can be used for operating costs.
For More Information:
Applicants are also advised to use the Application Guide that is available online at https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/community-connect-grants. For questions about Program, email community.connect@wdc.usda.gov or call the Loan Origination and Approval Division at (202) 720-0800.

Clif Bar Family Foundation Accepting Applications for Small Grants Program

The Clif Bar Family Foundation supports innovative small and mid-sized groups working “to strengthen our food system and our communities, enhance public health and safeguard our environment and natural resources.” The Foundation is accepting applications for its Small Grants program which provides general support grants of up to $7,000 as well as funding for specific projects will be awarded to nonprofits working in one or more of the foundation’s five focus areas:
  • Protect Earth’s beauty and bounty.
  • Create a robust, healthy food system.
  • Increase opportunities for outdoor activity.
  • Reduce environmental health hazards.
  • Build stronger communities.
Preference is given to organizations that demonstrate a clearly defined objective and a viable plan to achieve it, and that operate at the community level and have strong community ties. Organizations also must promote positive change through both their project and the implementation process.
Funding has been provided to protect habitat, native fisheries, and scenic vistas; establish gardening clubs and farmers markets; developed a Farm Tour to connect the public with local food sources; conservation and recreation programs.
For More Information:
Click here for the Clif Bar Family Foundation website and application.

National Endowment for the Arts Challenge America Fast-Track Grants! Deadline: April 11, 2018

The National Endowment for the Arts is accepting applications from small and midsize organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations, including those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.
Challenge America grants:
  • Extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations.
  • Are limited to the specific types of projects outlined below.
  • Are for a fixed amount of $10,000 and require a minimum $10,000 match.
Grants are available only for:
  • Guest Artist project type, which refers to an arts event or events that will feature one or more guest artists. Guest artist activities are broad, and may include a festival; exhibition; literary reading; musical, theatrical, or multi-media performance; media screening; broadcast; or lecture.
  • Collaborative Marketing Campaigns, which may include unified promotion projects and/or cultural tourism projects incorporating the offerings of multiple institutions. Cultural tourism projects will market and promote cultural assets to enhance public engagement with arts and culture in communities and to populations that have been historically underserved.
  • Public Art Projects, community-based and professionally directed. See “Public Art Resources” for additional information.
For More Information:
Click here for the NEA Challenge Grant Program webpage. Challenge America Specialists can be reached at challengeamerica@arts.gov or 202-682-5700.

2018 UW Foster School of Business Minority Executive Program Scholarship

Multnomah County is once again looking to sponsor a deserving COBID Certified Business owner to the Foster School of Business Minority Business Executive Program, held in Seattle, WA, September 16 – 21, 2018.

The Minority Business Executive Program is a one-week residential program that takes place annually on campus at the University of Washington. The intensive curriculum grows minority and women-owned business leaders and helps them position their companies for today’s global economy.
Participants learn to utilize financial tools to make better business decisions, develop strategic plans for growth and sustainability, identify new technologies to scale operations, learn how to market their products and services more effectively, explore strategies to access global markets, and develop their leadership acumen. They return to their business with enhanced knowledge, a renewed personal energy, and an invaluable network of fellow minority and women business leaders.

Attached is the application to apply for the scholarship from the County and program brochure. The scholarship only covers the cost of the tuition; applicants must cover the costs of their room, transportation, and other costs. Attendees for the training stay at the Hotel Deca, located at 4507 Brooklyn Avenue NE, a short distance from the campus.

Deadline to submit applications is August 6, 2018.

2018 MBEP Brochure

UW Minority Business Executive Program Application – 2018

Funding Opportunity: DOT, EDA, Road Runners and People for Bikes Grants

June 11, 2018

Dear Members, Partners and Friends:

It takes good roads and transportation for travelers to visit your destinations and it takes community resources and partnerships to build a strong tourism program. Here are two funding sources that can help you build your tribal economies. Also included are two funding sources for running and biking recreation programs.
Good luck!
PS: Not a member? Click here to find out how you can join.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) published its Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to apply for $1.5 billion in discretionary grant funding through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program.
BUILD Transportation grants replace the pre-existing Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program. As the Administration looks to enhance America’s infrastructure, FY 2018 BUILD Transportation grants are for investments in surface transportation infrastructure and are to be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant local or regional impact. BUILD funding can support roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports or intermodal transportation.
Projects for BUILD will be evaluated based on merit criteria that include safety, economic competitiveness, quality of life, environmental protection, state of good repair, innovation, partnership, and additional non-Federal revenue for future transportation infrastructure investments.
To reflect the Administration’s Infrastructure Initiative, DOT intends to award a greater share of BUILD Transportation grant funding to projects located in rural areas that align well with the selection criteria than to such projects in urban areas.  The notice highlights rural needs in several of the evaluation criteria, including support for rural broadband deployment where it is part of an eligible transportation project.
The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 made available $1.5 billion for National Infrastructure Investments, otherwise known as BUILD Transportation Discretionary grants, through September 30, 2020.  For this round of BUILD Transportation grants, the maximum grant award is $25 million, and no more than $150 million can be awarded to a single State, as specified in the FY 2018 Appropriations Act. At least 30 percent of funds must be awarded to projects located in rural areas.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
To provide technical assistance to a broad array of stakeholders, DOT is hosting a series of webinars during the FY 2018 BUILD grant application process. Details and registration information regarding these webinars will be made available at https://www.transportation.gov/BUILDgrants/outreach.
The deadline to submit an application for the FY 2018 BUILD Transportation Discretionary Grants program is July 19, 2018. For more information, please visit https://www.transportation.gov/BUILDgrants.
2018 EDA Regional Innovation Strategies Notice of Funding Opportunity
Deadline: August 28, 2018
In order to retain and increase global competitiveness and to realize job growth, regions must build public and private capacity for entrepreneurship and innovation to invent, improve, and bring to market new products and services. Funding is available for capacity-building programs that provide proof-of-concept and commercialization assistance to innovators and entrepreneurs and for operational support for organizations that provide essential early-stage funding to startups.
Applicants must have multi-stakeholder partnerships and collaborations that draw upon the resources of community and regional public, corporate, university, nonprofit, and philanthropic organizations foster dynamic, resilient regional economies, job growth, and globally competitive communities.
Regional innovation clusters are geographically bounded network[s] of similar, synergistic, or complementary entities that-
(A) are engaged in or with a particular industry sector and its related sectors;
(B) have active channels for business transactions and communication;
(C) share specialized infrastructure, labor markets, and services; and
(D) leverage the region’s unique competitive strengths to stimulate innovation and create jobs.
Proof-of-concept and commercialization programs can be physical or virtual, existing or new. Applicants must provide a matching share from non-Federal sources of at least 50 percent of the total project cost; i.e., applicants must match each Federal dollar requested with at least one dollar of local match.
Informational Webinar
EDA will conduct an informational webinar for this NOFO on Thursday, June 14, 2018, from 3:00-4:00 pm EDT. To register, click here. Link to a recording at http://www.eda.gov/oie/ris/.
To learn more and read more about how EDA supports innovation and entrepreneurship, please visit:  www.eda.gov/success-stories/innovation-entrepreneurship.
Road Runners Club of America Accepting Applications for Kids Run the Nation Fund Grants
Deadline: August 31, 2018
Through the fund, grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to running clubs and other nonprofits organizations in support of structured youth running programs that utilize RRCA youth running materials. Program goals must include motivating kids to run regularly (at least once a week for multiple weeks), as opposed to participating in a single event, and the program may culminate in participation at a kids’ race.
Funds may be used to purchase marketing materials; host a program website; offset fees for permits or usage fees for a local park or running track; purchase hydration supplies; purchase  participation awards (ribbons, shirts, patches, etc); and/or purchase mileage logs or other written materials for the program.
For More Information
Contact 703-525-3890 or office@rrca.org, visit the RRCA website, click here.
People For Bikes Invites LOIs for Fall 2018 Community Grant Program
The PeopleForBikes Community Grant Program supports bicycle infrastructure projects and targeted advocacy initiatives that make it easier and safer for people of all ages and abilities to ride. The program accepts applications from non-profit organizations with a focus on bicycling, active transportation, or community development, from city or county agencies or departments, and from state or federal agencies working locally. Requests must support a specific project or program; we do not grant funds for general operating costs.
Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to support bicycle infrastructure projects such as bike paths, lanes, trails, and bridges; mountain bike facilities; bike parks and pump tracks; BMX facilities; and end-of-trip facilities such as bike racks, bike parking, and bike storage. Grant requests in which PeopleForBikes funding would amount to 50 percent or more of the project budget will not be considered.
For More Information
Contact Zoe Kircos, Director of Grants and Partnerships, at 303-449-4893 x 106 or zoe@peopleforbikes.org

USDA Seeks Applications for Rural Economic Development and Job Creation Loans and Grants

USDA Rural Development, Oregon

USDA Seeks Applications for Rural Economic Development and Job Creation Loans and Grants

The deadline to apply is June 30, 2018

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is accepting applications for projects that promote economic development and job creation in rural areas.

Through the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) Program, USDA provides zero-interest loans and some grant funds to rural utilities, which they in turn pass through to local businesses for projects that will retain or create new employment opportunities in their community. The funding may be used to assist with business start-up and expansion costs; business incubators; feasibility studies; advanced telecommunications and computer networks for medical, educational, and job training services; and community facilities that spur economic development.

New this year, the maximum loan amount has been increased to $2 million. The maximum grant amount is $300,000. Awards are made on a competitive basis to utilities that will relend the funds for local economic development efforts.

Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. PST on June 30, 2018. In Oregon, applications should be submitted to:

USDA Rural Development
ATTN: Brandon Doyle
1220 SW 3rd Avenue
Portland, OR 97204


For questions, or to discuss a potential project, contact Brandon Doyle, Business and Cooperative Programs Specialist, (541) 699-3189. For details on the program and how to apply, see page 23625 of the May 22, 2018, Federal Register.

First Nations Invites Applications for Native Arts Program

First Nations established the Native Arts Initiative (NAI) (formerly called the Native Arts Capacity Building Initiative) in 2014 with the goal of stimulating long-term perpetuation, proliferation and revitalization of artistic and cultural assets in Native communities. The NAI is working to achieve this by strengthening the enabling environments in which Native-controlled nonprofit organizations and tribal programs operate to support emerging and established Native artists and sustain traditional Native arts in their communities.

Under the NAI, First Nations provides selected grantees with organizational and programmatic resources, including direct grants and technical assistance and training. Since 2014, First Nations has awarded more than $1 million in grant funds to a variety of eligible Native-controlled nonprofit organizations and tribal government programs under the NAI.

Grant Overview

First Nations is pleased to announce this 2017 NAI request for proposals (RFP). Native-controlled nonprofits and tribal government programs located in one of the following regions are eligible to apply for an NAI Supporting Native Arts Grant as part of this current funding cycle:

  1. Upper Midwest (North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin);
  2. Southwest (New Mexico, Arizona and Southern California). For a list of eligible tribal communities in Southern California, please click here.
  3. Pacific Northwest (Oregon and Washington)

During this funding cycle, First Nations will distribute approximately 15 Supporting Native Arts Grants of up to $32,000 each.

Selected Native-controlled nonprofit organizations and tribal government programs must have existing program initiatives in place supporting Native artists and the field of traditional Native arts, as well as a demonstrated commitment to increasing the intergenerational transfer of knowledge of traditional Native artistic practices and perpetuation and proliferation of traditional Native arts.

To learn more about First Nations’ Native Arts Initiative, please visit the First Nations’ website here.