By Phillip Dunlap, Director, Broward Cultural Division
Dear Grantee Organizations and Artists,
We are into week three of what some are calling “the new normal”, which I hope
is anything but our new normal. Many have reached out to see how the Cultural
Division is working to address the concerns of the Arts and Culture community
in Broward County. I am grateful for the questions, support, comments,
requests, and offers to help as we work toward a solution. We understand and
appreciate that the current pandemic is creating hardships for the entire
cultural and arts community.
For current grant recipients, the County is currently looking at options that
may provide assistance by adjusting your current grant. As soon as we have
complete details, we will send those to you in writing. We also continue to
work on a solution to provide supplemental funding for Cultural Division
grantees and once those details solidified, we will be releasing information.
Until then, there are options for individual Artists and non-profit
organizations to receive support as a result of the CARES Act. For non-profit
organizations, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) through the Small Business
Administration authorizes up to $349 billion in forgivable loans to small
businesses (includes non-profits) to pay their employees during the COVID-19 crisis.
The application is available starting Friday, April 3, 2020 for small business
and sole proprietorships. Starting April 10, 2020, independent contractors and
self-employed individuals can apply for and receive loans to cover their
payroll and other certain expenses.
Please reach out to your bank for more information and click HERE for a PPP Information Sheet put together
by the US Treasury. The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce has also
created a podcast regarding the CARES Act, which includes information on PPP.
You can find the podcast linked, HERE.
Finally, the Community Foundation of Broward is partnering with a number of
organizations on a webinar about the CARES Act as it relates to non-profit
organizations. The webinar is at 10 am (Eastern Time) on Friday, April 3. To
sign up, click HERE.
We remain committed to supporting Broward’s Arts and Culture community through
this difficult time. Our team remains available to discuss questions and
concerns via the phone or email. Please do not hesitate to reach out.
- REPORT THE STATUS OF YOUR cancelled, postponed and/or closed grant-funded events
- Grantees receiving program/project grants who have had
grant-funded events cancelled/postponed, click
- Grantees receiving operating grants that have had to
close their facilities, click
- If you are a grantee that receives both operational and
program/project support, please complete both surveys.
- Please don’t forget to update any changes to events
listed on ArtsCalendar.com, which now has a new
section of online/virtual opportunities.
Impact and Assistance Info for Arts and Cultural Community + Grantees
Published March 26th, 2019
During this time of uncertainty, the Cultural Division
remains operational to serve and support the Broward Arts community. Please
note that while the Library is now closed to the public, our phones and emails
remain active. Do not hesitate to reach out to us with questions or concerns.
My staff and I have talked to many of our grantees over the past week to answer questions regarding grants, payments, cancellations, rescheduling, etc. The situation is constantly evolving and while it is too early to know the impact, we remain committed to working with grantee artists and organizations affected by COVID-19 on a case-by-case basis. For specific questions relating to grants, email Jim Shermer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At this time, we ask that you provide us with some basic
information to help inform our response while we work to assess the situation
and the growing impact.
REPORT THE STATUS OF YOUR
We encourage you to report cancelled, postponed and/or
closed grant-funded events and facilities through the following brief surveys.
- Grantees receiving program/project grants who have had grant-funded events cancelled/postponed should respond to this survey.
- Grantees receiving operating grants that have had to close their facilities should respond to the institution survey here.
If you are a grantee that receives both operational and program/project support, please complete both surveys. Also, for events listed on ArtsCalendar.com, please don’t forget to update your event info.
THE IMPACT ON YOUR BUDGETS
We understand that COVID-19 is having an impact on
businesses of all sizes and their employees; this is certainly the case
regarding our cultural community. Consequently, we are developing an additional
tool to assess your organization’s costs and lost revenue attributable to
COVID-19. We are also reviewing approaches to determine the impact on artists.
For now, please keep track of the additional costs and lost revenues caused by
COVID-19. The tracking tool will be released under a separate notice at the appropriate
SBA DISASTER LOAN
The US Small Business Administration has a disaster loan assistance program that includes eligible non-profit organizations. Jacqueline Lorber, Executive Director, South Florida Symphony Orchestra, spent a lot of time helping to activate this assistance in the state of Florida. Many thanks to her for her efforts. More information can be found at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.
RESOURCES AND INFORMATION
– AMERICANS FOR THE ARTS
Our colleagues at Americans for the Arts continue to be a great resource for the arts community. They are working to make sure that assistance to arts organizations is addressed at the Federal level. To that end, there is a brief survey I encourage you to take to help them assess the impact of COVID-19. Just as the above surveys will inform the local response, the information provided to Americans for the Arts will help inform the Federal response. Please click here to take their brief survey.
Take care of yourselves and let us know if we can help.
Phillip Dunlap 3/24/2020
Guidance Regarding Arts and Cultural Events
Published March 14th, 4:41pm
This advisory is to provide guidance to Arts and Cultural organizations facing cancellation/rescheduling decisions and to inform Cultural Division grantees on next steps should an event need to be cancelled or rescheduled.
Guidance Regarding Arts and Cultural
While the County is following the request of the State
Director of Emergency Management to cancel all major county-organized events,
as of this advisory, events by Broward County Arts and Cultural organizations
are not impacted by this decision. To that end, Broward County Arts and
Cultural organizations should make decisions regarding activities and events
based on their best assessment of their impact on public health.
We are sharing the following actions being taken in other
communities for Arts and Culture events and activities, based on their
assessment of health risks:
- Other communities are strongly recommending that events and activities involving more than 250 people who are gathered in close proximity (e.g., theaters) be postponed or cancelled; however, at the present time, Broward County is encouraging those affected here to follow CDC guidelines regarding health and cleaning measures and as necessary, consider cancellations, as appropriate;
- While other communities are cancelling events involving more than a set number of people who are gathered in close proximity (e.g., theaters), at this time Broward County is not requiring cancellations; however, we are encouraging those affected here to follow CDC regarding health and cleaning measures and as necessary, consider cancellations, as appropriate; and
- Museums and other indoor public gathering spaces should consider policies limiting attendance to allow for recommended social distancing (i.e., a minimum distance of six feet between people) and all exhibits involving interactivity (e.g., touching) should be discontinued.
This is a fluid situation, and it is important to emphasize that as the situation regarding Covid-19 evolves, our recommendations and requirements may change.
In addition, please visit Broward.org/Coronavirus for the most up-to-date information.
Broward Cultural Division Grant Workshops
and Grant Panels
As of this advisory, the Division’s upcoming grant workshops and grant panels will continue, however we are working to secure new venues as Broward County Libraries are no longer available to host these meetings. If a physical space cannot be secured, grant workshops may be conducted online. If you are planning on attending an upcoming workshop or have a grant review panel in the near future, please check the Division’s Facebook page, or Broward.org/Arts for the most up-to-date information regarding those meetings. You can also contact Jim Shermer at email@example.com.
Next Steps, Cancelling/Rescheduling Grant-Funded
For grantees that have to cancel a grant-funded event or
are in a situation where a venue has cancelled an organization’s grant-funded
event, please contact our grants administrator, Jim Shermer to discuss options
We are committed to working with grantee artists and organizations affected by
Covid-19 on a case-by-case basis.
If your event is cancelled/rescheduled and is listed on ArtsCalendar.com, please be sure to update the event information. You can also contact Meredith Clements at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some organizations have contacted us regarding additional
County or State support for Arts organizations to mitigate the impacts of
Covid-19. While no commitments have been made as of this advisory, Governor
DeSantis has announced the activation of the Business
Damage Assessment Surveyto assess the impact of
Covid-19 on local business operations. I encourage you to participate in the
survey. As a best practice during times like this, we encourage you to track any
additional expenses that you may be incurring as a result of COVID-19 and also,
any revenue loss that is attributable to this health threat.
We understand that you are concerned about the impact of Covid-19 on your ability to serve the public with great Arts activities. We appreciate your commitment to ensuring the health and safety of your audiences, artists, volunteers, and staff. We promise to stay in touch and to provide updates as the situation evolves.
PHILLIP DUNLAP, DIRECTOR