Do you have a passion for Native arts and cultures? The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) is a Native-led national organization dedicated to promoting the revitalization, appreciation, and perpetuation of indigenous arts and cultures. Its mission is to advance equity and cultural knowledge, focusing on the power of arts and collaboration to strengthen Native communities and promote positive social change with American Indian, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native people in the United States. Through its program initiatives, NACF supports Native artists, culture bearers, and projects that are focused on environmental, cultural, and social change. We support artists to create new work, develop their arts practice, and produce projects in collaboration with communities. Support includes financial resources, artist training, and professional development, presenting and promoting artist work, and project management. NACF will continue with community engagement across the continental 48 states, Alaska and Hawaii as it pertains to raising the visibility and availability of Native resources and knowledge to address cultural equity, anti-racism, and decolonization.
Located in the Pacific Northwest, an area known for its rich Native traditions and dedication to artistic endeavors, NACF is based out of Vancouver, Washington and Portland, Oregon. This year Yale Union, a contemporary arts center, repatriated their Portland, Oregon 40,000-square-foot building to NACF and in 2021 it will become the Center for Native Arts and Cultures.
The director of finance is responsible for the overall financial health and operation of the organization. The DOF reports to the president and is the senior staff person for finance, accounting and investments. In addition to providing counsel and strategic support to the president on all financial matters, the DOF also serves as an advisor to the board and is the staff lead with the board’s finance committee. While this position is the executive level finance person the size of the staff is such that the DOF will also be required to perform more routine day-to-day tasks, e.g. bookkeeping entries and bank deposits.
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On June 2nd Business Oregon announced the recipients of $2.5 million in matching grant funding through the Emergency Business Assistance Grant Fund, which was created by Governor Kate Brown and the Oregon Legislature to assist small businesses suffering in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of $10 million of funding is being allocated through three Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for different types of applicants. This is the first of round of funding, consisting of $2.5 million and closed for proposals May 18.
“We stood this program up very quickly, and communities throughout Oregon in turn put together excellent proposals on a short time-frame for how they will get the funding into the hands of their local small businesses,” said Business Oregon director Chris Cummings.
This round solicited proposals from cities, counties, and Economic Development Districts that have existing small business COVID-relief programs or will stand up new programs to issue grants to local small businesses with fewer than 25 employees. The program also encourages efforts to provide access to sole proprietors and historically disadvantaged businesses.
Business Oregon received 46 applications requesting $7.5 million, but only $2.5 million is available in this round. Final amounts to each will be announced shortly as contracts are finalized with each recipient, but the median award will be approximately $45,000.
To fill gaps not reached by other programs, these state funds are to be directed to adversely affected businesses that have been unable to receive federal CARES Act funding, including the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance program, or other federal programs for emergency pandemic funding. Businesses may use the proceeds for any business-related operating expenses, including helping to reopen in line with state guidance.
A full description of the program details and application requirements are on our website. Proposals for round two of the funding that is open to Community Development Financial Institutions and Economic Development Districts closed Monday June 1. Proposals for the third and final round will be solicited later in June. Business Oregon, the state’s economic development agency, invests in Oregon businesses, communities, and people to promote a globally competitive, diverse, and inclusive economy. The agency’s services span rural community development and infrastructure financing; business retention, expansion and recruitment; export promotion and international trade; investments in industry research and development and entrepreneurship; small business assistance; and support for arts and cultural organizations.
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The application process is open from 8 a.m. on May 11 until 5 p.m. on May 15.
In an effort to support entities that have direct ties to driving overnight visitation, Travel Oregon has established a COVID-19 Emergency Response Grant Program. Continued operations of small businesses and regional and local destination marketing/management organizations will be vital to economic recovery efforts.
COVID-19 Emergency Response applications may be used for general operating support with the goal of maintaining jobs. Total funding available is $800,000. One-time grant requests may be up to $10,000 depending on applicant and 2019 budget. The anticipated award range will be from $2,500-$10,000 per applicant. No cash match is required. Projects must be completed by December 31, 2020. One application will be accepted per eligible entity.
Eligible applicants include those listed below that are currently doing business in Oregon, have been conducting business for the past five years and can demonstrate direct work in support of improving the economic impacts of Oregon’s travel and tourism industry:
Oregon lodging properties with 25 or fewer full-time employees on January 31, 2020.
Oregon-based tour operators, guides and outfitters with a budget greater than $100,000 in 2019 and carrying worker’s compensation insurance; and can demonstrate working partnership referrals or bookings of lodging packages at properties such as hotels, motels, BnB’s and resorts.
Federally recognized tribes, including tribally owned enterprises and tribal member owned businesses that directly support the travel and tourism industry.
Funds may be used to: Support business continuity expenses, including but not limited to, wages, business licensing/permitting, commercial insurance, business fleet maintenance, lease or mortgage payments.
Preference will be given to applicants from communities with a population of fewer than 35,000 residents.
Preference will be given to applicants who have NOT received funding through an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) or Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
The Oregon Arts and Culture Recovery Program will provide flexible resources from a cohort of participating funders to support the arts and culture community who have been adversely impacted by the outbreak of COVID-19.
This program supports the adaptive capacity of both arts organizations and arts funders. Nonprofit organizations can submit a single application, which will reach numerous participating foundations, public agencies and individuals.
Generous community partners are supporting this program. Partners supporting this effort currently include: The Collins Foundation, James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, Oregon Community Foundation, Regional Arts & Culture Council, Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Arts Commission, The Reser Family Foundation and Schnitzer CARE Foundation / Jordan Schnitzer.
Remember the amazing equity practitioners who partnered with us on the development of the culture change roadmap? They’re back, and this time, they’re supporting Portland Means Progress in developing a remote training series! You can attend any or all the sessions. Please share this out with your networks – these sessions are free and open to the public!
You are my Other Me: Building Community During Social Distancing with Empress Rules, Thursday, May 14 | 9:30am – 11:00am | REGISTER HERE
According to Multnomah County department of health, some residents have experienced acts of racism and xenophobia, while some businesses have reported fewer customers because of the myths surrounding COVID-19. A person’s ethnicity, language or association with a country or region is not a risk factor for this virus. If you feel you have experienced or witnessed discrimination motivated by race, color, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity, we urge you to report it today. In Oregon, contact the Oregon Department of Justice by filing a report online or by calling 1-844-924-2427. In Washington, file a complaint with the Washington State Human Rights Commission.
Prosper Portland(the city’s economic development arm) is partnering with APANO to provide $150,000 in grants to businesses with Asian/Pacific Islander ownership, particularly those within the Jade District (centered on Southeast 82nd Avenue and Division Street) and in Old Town Chinatown. Businesses can apply here.
Prosper Portland is prepared to offer a three-month deferral of loan payments to its existing borrowers who request it and whose business have experienced a decline in revenue of 10% or more. Prosper is prioritizng public-facing businesses with annual revenues under $1 million. Contact Prosper about your existing loan by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prosperis also offering rent relief to its commercial tenants. For businesses that have experienced a decline in revenue of 10% or more, Prosper is prepared to provide a three-month deferral of rent payments for April, May and June 2020.
Find Prosper’s list of business resources here. Need help navigating or understanding these resources? Please call the City of Portland information line at 503-823-4000.
The City of Portland has partnered withGrubhub to support local businesses. Grubhub is suspending collection of up to $100 million in commission payments from impacted independent restaurants nationwide.Grubhub has also created a fund that will enable proceeds from its Donate the Change program to go toward charitable organizations that support restaurants and drivers impacted by the COVID-19 health crisis. The program will allow diners to round up the change from every order and donate it to the Grubhub Community Relief Fund — with donations from Grubhub+ (and Seamless+) members matched by the company. Grubhub will work with local city officials to identify the organizations that can utilize the funds and to consider other support programs during the pandemic.
City of Beaverton
The City of Beaverton and the Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce have launched an Emergency Business Assistance Program to assist with commercial rental or mortgage payments during the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligibility requirements include businesses with 50 or fewer full time equivalent employees in Beaverton affected by a mandatory change in service; businesses with an active Beaverton license; businesses with a lease or mortgage payment on the property; and business experiencing economic loss due to COVID-19. National chains are excluded. The program is in effect during the city’s declared state of emergency and while funds are available. Reimbursement grants of up to $2,500 per business are available for eligible businesses. Additional information and the application is available here.
Businesses are also invited to participate in a free webinar to discuss the state of Beaverton businesses, as well as share survey results and resources on Monday, March 23at 1 p.m. The webinar is limited to the first 100 participants. Register here.
City of Hillsboro
Starting Monday, March 23, Hillsboro business owners who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 health and economic crisis will be able to apply for assistance. The new resources include:
$500,000 in Emergency Business Support Grants — The city will provide grants of up to $5,000 to small businesses and entrepreneurs affected by the coronavirus and containment measures. To qualify, businesses must have a facility located in Hillsboro and a current Hillsboro busines license. Priority will be given to businesses with 10 employees or fewer; businesses that are a food and drink establishment, education or daycare facility, or businesses that rely on larger gatherings of people; and businesses that are open and operational, or are closed due to forced closure.
$500,000 in Emergency Loans for Small- and Medium-Sized Businesses — The city is working to set up a low-interest loan program for small- and medium-sized businesses in need of financial support because of COVID-19 containment efforts and government directives for closure or operational curtailment. Details are still being finalized.
The Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce is collecting donations for the city’s service workers via this virtual tip jar.
Portland-area utility providers are suspending automatic service shutoffs in the event of nonpayment:
Portland General Electric (PGE): Find payment extension information here
Pacific Power: Call customer service at 1-888-221-7070
The Oregon Employment Department‘s COVID page offers information for workers, job-seekers and employers. Resources include:
Unemployment insurance benefits are available during temporary layoffs related to COVID-19 situations. These benefits occur for employees whose employer stops operation for a short period of time, such as cleaning following a coronavirus exposure, or by government requirement. Workers can get unemployment benefits, and do not need to seek work with other employers if their place of employment will resume operations. To receive benefits, affected workers must still be able to work, stay in contact with their employer, and be available to work when called back. Direct employees to file for benefits here.
Partial unemployment: The Work Share program helps employers prevent layoffs by reducing the schedules of workers instead of laying them off. It also provides benefits to help offset employees’ lost wages. Learn more here.
Rapid response in the event of permanent closure: The Higher Education Coordinating Commission has rapid response services to plan for job transitions needed when a business closure or mass layoff occurs, including cases of natural and other disasters. Local Rapid Response teams coordinate with employer, worker representative, Trade Act and Labor.
If the unemployment claim site is down, please direct your workers to call the agency’s contact centers, where Employment Department staff can help with starting a claim for unemployment benefits: 1-877-FILE-4-UI (1-877-345-3484)
From Worksystems, the nonprofit workforce organization serving Multnomah and Washington counties:
For businesses who are temporarily closing or laying off employees, contact the local Rapid Response Coordinator, Roland Chlapowski to report the layoff. For layoffs of more than 50 workers, businesses should contact the State Dislocated Worker Unit, John Asher, to file a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) with the state. WARN Notices help trigger additional state and federal funding for our region that can be utilized in flexible ways to help people during this crisis.
Business Oregon, the state’s economic development agency, has published a list of resources, summarized here:
Business Finance Officer Tom Schnell put together this helpful guide that walks businesses through steps they can take to deal with coronavirus fallout, including managing cashflow, payments and guidance on long-term planning.
Contact your local Small Business Development Center for business assistance. Find their contact information here.
Consider purchasing business interruption insurance, available from many major insurance companies. Law firm Tonkon Torp breaks down the definition of interruption insurance here.
Financing, loans, loan guarantees, etc. Find a list on Business Oregon’s resources page.
Contact your regional development officer to locate more resources in your area. Find them here.
The Oregon Department of Revenue has guidance on tax payments:
Personal income taxes: At this time, taxpayers may still file an extension to file with the IRS, and the Oregon Department of Revenue will automatically grant an extension for the Oregon return. Learn more here.
Corporate activity tax: Initial quarterly payments for the new Corporate Activity Tax (CAT) are due April 30, 2020. The department understands that the pandemic may impact commercial activity, up or down, to an extent that makes it difficult for businesses to estimate their first payment. The department will not assess underpayment penalties to taxpayers making a good faith effort to estimate their first quarter payments.
Other tax programs: If an action of the IRS or a state-declared emergency will impair the ability of Oregon taxpayers (or the state) to take action required within the time required by law, the department may extend any statutory period of limitation on any tax that is collected by the Oregon Department of Revenue. If the department makes such a decision, an order will be issued and announced, and filed with the Secretary of State.
Washington’s Employment Security Department has a number of programs for employers affected by COVID-19:
Partial unemployment: In place of laying off employees, the SharedWork program allows employers to reduce the hours of permanent and paid hourly employees by as much as 50 percent, and the employees can collect partial unemployment benefits to replace a portion of their lost wages.
Temporary shutdown: If you need to shut down operations temporarily because an employee becomes sick and other employees need to be isolated or quarantined, your workers may be able to receive unemployment benefits and you may receive relief of benefit charges. You may request to place employees on standby for up to eight weeks and your employees can collect unemployment benefits without having to look for other work.
Temporary layoffs: You may request to place an employee on standby for eight weeks and your employee can collect unemployment benefits without having to look for other work. If on standby, workers must accept any work you offer that they can do without breaking isolation or quarantine.
Deferred tax penalties: Financial penalties may be waived for employers who file tax reports late, pay taxes late, or do not respond to requests for information in a timely fashion as a result of COVID-19.
Washington State Department of Revenue can work with impacted companies that request an extension on tax filing. Affected businesses that owe Washington taxes may qualify for the following assistance:
File for an extension for your excise tax return here
Gov. Inslee’s office has compiled this partial list of resources to support economic retention and recovery related to COVID-19 coronavirus.
Washington’s Small Business Development Center is offering a series of free webinars for business owners. Topics include “Keeping the lights on: Business Resiliency” and “Forms to fill out for SBA Disaster Loans.”
Up to $5 million of the Governor’s Strategic Reserve Funds will be made available as small grants to small businesses across the state to help prevent closure due to COVID-19. The state Department of Commerce will coordinate an application process. Read Gov. Inslee’s Wednesday announcement here.
The Association of Washington Businesses is hosting a webinar at 10 a.m. Monday, March 23, covering resources available to Washington businesses. Representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration and multiple state agencies will be on the call. Learn more and register here.
Individuals: Income tax payment deadlines are being automatically extended until July 15, 2020, for up to $1 million of their 2019 tax due. This payment relief applies to all individual returns, including self-employed individuals, and all entities other than C-Corporations, such as trusts or estates. This extension is automatic; taxpayers do not need to file any additional forms or call the IRS to qualify.
Corporations: For C Corporations, income tax payment deadlines are being automatically extended until July 15, 2020, for up to $10 million of their 2019 tax due.
This relief also includes estimated tax payments for tax year 2020 that are due on April 15, 2020.
Penalties and interest will begin to accrue on any remaining unpaid balances as of July 16, 2020. If you file your tax return or request an extension of time to file by April 15, 2020, you will automatically avoid interest and penalties on the taxes paid by July 15.
Note: The filing deadline for tax returns remains April 15, 2020. The IRS urges taxpayers who are owed a refund to file as quickly as possible.
The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved both Oregon and Washington governors’ requests for a disaster declaration, unlocking low-interest disaster loans for small businesses in those states. Congress recently approved up to $7 billion in SBA disaster loans for businesses impacted by COVID-19. Learn more here and apply here.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has a social media toolkit with example posts and graphics for businesses responding to coronavirus.
Free Xfinity WiFi hotspots for everyone: Find a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots here.
Unlimited data for customers: All customers will receive unlimited data for no additional charge.
No disconnects or late fees: Comcast will not disconnect a customer’s internet service or assess late fees if they contact Comcast.
Internet Essentials free to new customers: Find more info here.
Facebook is offering $100 million in cash grants and ad credits to small businesses. Sign up here to be notified when applications become available.
Webinars and Guides
For companies with storefronts/commercial leases: Here is a template letter to ask your landlord for partial rent relief.
Chase has a free webinar for small businesses and will address preparing for and mitigating your business for different categories of risk, as well as positioning your business as a leader in times of crisis. Watch it here.
International law firm K&L Gates has created a hub for its many COVID-19 guides, including a series of webinars on crisis management and insurance coverage guidance, as well as guides on contracts and tax policy.
Miller Nash Graham & Dunn has a webinar outlining best practices for construction firms during the coronavirus outbreak.
Software company Fond has a 4-step guide for employers looking to ease the sudden shift to remote work.
Commercial real estate advisor Blake St. Onge and commercial real estate attorney Jeff Kapp, both Portlanders, have published a guide with recommendations on what to do with respect to real estate leases.
City and County Coronavirus and Economic Development Links
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The economic injury assistance program that Governor Brown may request from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is called the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program. It can provide low-interest working capital loans to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, and most private nonprofit organizations. Loans cannot be made to governmental entities, including Tribes. Further information can be found: https://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/coronavirus-covid-19
SBA declarations are done by county, and once declared, the assistance is made available in contiguous counties, even across state lines. For those of you receiving this who are not county employees, please work with your county on this.
I have attached the SBA “ESTIMATED DISASTER ECONOMIC INJURY WORKSHEET FOR BUSINESSES.” Most of the form entries are obvious, but business owners completing the form should be advised that:
Despite the May 2010 form date on the bottom right corner of the Worksheet, it is the current version.
Worksheets need to be fully completed, with all questions answered regarding business revenues, whether there was any business interruption insurance, as well as the comments section. The comments section should indicate that the economic impacts are a direct result of COVID-19.
The SBA has determined that the incident start date is January 31, 2020; the end date can (and will) vary from one business to the next, and can be answered as “unknown” or “undetermined.”
The Worksheet is not an application for assistance.
Completing a Worksheet does not commit the business to later requesting the assistance, nor must a business complete a Worksheet in order to later request assistance. The Worksheets submitted merely give Governor Brown the evidence necessary to request an EIDL declaration from the U.S. SBA.
Please email completed worksheets to Joseph and Sonya as you receive them.
One option will be to scan them to PDF and email us the PDF.
For confidentiality, the Worksheets should not otherwise be shared with anyone other than Sonya and me without the business owner’s permission.
The Worksheets help the SBA to measure lost revenue (lost sales), and employee lay-offs at economically impacted small businesses.
In order to request the assistance, Governor Brown will need a minimum of five Worksheets statewide that make a good case for economic injury, and at least one for each county that wants to be included in the declaration request.