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COVID-19: Resources for Organizations


Cultural Organizations Covid relief by the numbers: 181 Vermont organizations received $781K in Cultural Relief Grants with Vermont Humanities, $5M in Vermont Economic Recovery Grants via the Agency of Commerce and Community Development.

For information on Vermont Arts Council’s Covid-19 relief efforts, visit our “COVID-19 and Vermont Arts Council Grantmaking” page.

General Resources | Children, Schools, and Child Care Programs Guidance | Webinars and Video Resources | Impact Surveys

For current information on the Vermont Arts Council's grantmaking during the COVID-19 pandemic, including changes and additions to current grant programs, please visit our "COVID-19 and Vermont Arts Council Grantmaking" page.

Digital Access: Key Elements for Inclusion of Disabled People

Inclusive Arts Vermont has partnered with the Vermont Arts Council to offer a nine-month series of workshops on improving digital access to arts programming for the inclusion of disabled people. The pandemic has drastically changed the way organizations deliver programming, and there is a misconception that the new digital methods are inherently more accessible for disabled people. Truly accessible and inclusive programming requires specific skills and preparation, and this workshop series will cover a variety of essential topics including disability etiquette, creating alt text, accessible web design and social media, graphic design and marketing practices, and more. 

All nine workshops will be held on the first Tuesday of the month, starting November 2 with "Disability Awareness & Ableism." Participation is free to Vermont non-profit arts and culture organizations. Learn more and register.

VT Economic Recovery Bridge Grant Program Opens to Additonal Businesses

As of July 7, 2021, the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) is expanding eligibility for its Economic Recovery Bridge Program. With this change, ACCD is now accepting applications from organizations that have received prior State or Federal assistance. Under the expanded guidelines, organizations that can demonstrate; 1) a 2020 tax loss; and 2) that the organization suffered a net loss when aggregating the results of their monthly profit and loss statements for the period from March 2020 - April 2021 including the amount of prior state and federal assistance, are eligible to apply. The Agency will continue to give priority to applicants who have not yet received any prior benefit. In addition, businesses in the tourism, travel, and hospitality industries will also be given priority.

For more information on the program, including a pre-recorded tutorial on how to apply, visit the ACCD COVID-19 Recovery Resource Center.

SBA Extends Deferment Period for EIDL and Other Disaster Loans until 2022

Small businesses that received a COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) won’t have to start making payments on the loan until 2022, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) said in a news release issued Friday, March 12, 2021. The SBA announced extended deferment periods for all of its disaster loans, including the COVID-19 EIDL loans. The deferral details differ depending on the calendar year the disaster loan was made. For all SBA disaster loans made in 2020, the first payment due date is 24 months, extended from 12 months, from the date of the note.

Read the SBA's press release.

Pandemic Unemployment Benefits

The federal CARES Act created various programs to expand eligibility to increase accessibility to unemployment insurance benefits throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. These programs ended as of Sept. 4, 2021. Read details on the end of federal UI benefits.

The Vermont Forward Plan

Read the Vermont Forward - Roadmap to Reopening from the State of Vermont for the phased return to unrestricted travel, business operations, and event gatherings in Vermont. 

General COVID-19 Resources for Organizations

Children, Schools, and Child Care Programs Guidance from State of Vermont

PreK-12 Schools

Child Care Programs

Safety and Health Guidance for Music Education

Webinars and Online Professional Networking

Healthy Buildings: Strategies to Reduce the Spread of Covid-19

From FEMA, this webinar held on June 14, 2021 outlining healthy buildings principles and strategies to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and improve indoor air quality. The program looks at issues that are common across a range of hospitality and arts and culture spaces and venues, such as historic buildings, meeting halls, opera houses, theatres, community centers, bars and restaurants, inns and lodging properties, and wedding and event venues. Watch a recording. Passcode: 27a6#OAa

The Vital Task of Adapting our Organizations During—and After—the Pandemic Webinars

From ArtsFwd, these sessions aimed to help leaders and staff in any role make real progress out of disorder and into viable futures, offering frameworks for adaptive practice and examples from practitioners alongside dialogue with peers. These 60-minute weekly sessions began on Tuesday, April 14th, and recordings of all four sessions are available online.

VBSR Webinar: Coronavirus (COVID-19) – socially responsible considerations to keep your business and community safe: Monday March 16, 2020 (Recorded, and available for download)

In this VBSR webinar, Duane Peterson, Co-President of SunCommon and VBSR board member, explores and outlines precautions and opportunities that businesses can take to be socially responsible about Coronavirus and play a leadership role in protecting their employees, clients, and communities. VBSR staff also provide more information and resources for businesses on COVID-19 during this webinar.

Originally held on Monday, March 16th, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 

Download the VBSR webinar on socially responsible business considerations (clicking the link will cause the file to begin downloading immediately).

How to Plan a Virtual Event on Vimeo 

Vimeo’s live production team offers advice on how schools, event coordinators, marketers, and more are evolving their event strategies to optimize engaging live streaming experiences. 

How to Host a Watch Party on Facebook

With Facebook’s Watch Party feature, you can watch tons of videos and shows with members of groups you’re in on Facebook. This could be helpful for filmmakers or other artists whose screenings had to be cancelled.

Impact Surveys

COVID-19 Impact on the Arts Survey (Americans from the Arts). All arts and cultural organizations are encouraged to participate. The survey tracks the human and financial impacts of COVID-19 on arts organizations and the challenges with recovery and re-opening.

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