Gathering of information & resources for community health and human service providers:
HDC is partnering with the Federal Reserve Bank of SF and Seattle SBA Office to host a webinar on the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loans. We’re holding a good portion of the webinar for Q&A, aiming to surface and address challenges non-profits are facing as they try to access these funds.
Federal Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan
Private nonprofit organizations of any size as well as small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and small aquaculture enterprises in Seattle and King County are now eligible to apply for up to $2 million in low‑interest Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) to offset economic losses caused by the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The Seattle Office of Economic Development (OED) will be offering technical assistance and launching resources to help small businesses and non profits apply for SBA loans.
Applicants for the federal SBA may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela
Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 (interpretation provided) or email email@example.com for more information on SBA disaster assistance.
Financial Support for Nonprofit Organizations Impacted by COVID-19 Hosted by The Seattle Foundation
The COVID-19 Response Fund will provide flexible resources to organizations in our region working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of this outbreak. The Fund is designed to complement the work of public health officials and expand local capacity to address all aspects of the outbreak as efficiently as possible. To learn more about and to donate to the fund, go here: seattlefoundation.org/communityimpact/civic-leadership/covid-19-response-fund
Historic South Downtown RFP for Nonprofits and Small Businesses in Pioneer Square and CID
On March 26, 2020, the organization Historic South Downtown (HSD) released a Request for Proposals for emergency support for nonprofit and small businesses in the Pioneer Square and Chinatown-International District (CID) neighborhoods
Their Community Review Panel will review each application on a rolling basis and make funding decisions within three weeks. The closing date is no sooner than June 26, 2020.
King County COVID-19 Community Response Fund
King County Office of Equity and Social Justice (OESJ) is able to provide grants of up to $25,000 to community-based organizations and other stakeholders serving impacted communities. OESJ will prioritize funding to partners working with communities at the highest risk of immediate and long-term negative health, social, and economic impacts, with an emphasis on communities located near isolation, quarantine, and recovery sites. To apply for funding, visit: kingcounty.gov/elected/executive/equity-social-justice.aspx
Seattle Sounders FC Relief Fund for Workers, Small Businesses, and Nonprofits in SoDo, Pioneer Square and CID
The Seattle Sounders FC Relief Fund is aimed primarily at supporting individuals (shift workers and service providers), nonprofits, and small businesses in the neighborhoods surrounding CenturyLink Field “that have been adversely impacted by the postponement of the 2020 MLS season due to the current public health crisis.” These neighborhoods include SoDo, Pioneer Square, and the Chinatown – International District (CID). To learn more and to donate to the fund, visit: secure.givelively.org/donate/rave-foundation/seattle-sounders-fc-relief-fund
Social Justice Fund Northwest COVID-19 Crisis Fund
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Social Justice Fund is launching an emergency fund to support Social Justice Fund grantees working to respond to the crisis. Grants are $3,000 and can support a variety of strategies to meet community needs and support mutual aid. Applicant organizations must be a previous grantee of Social Justice Fund, with priority for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC)-led grantees. To apply, visit socialjusticefund.org/covid-19-crisis-fund
To mitigate barriers to capital for Seattle’s most vulnerable businesses
the City of Seattle will commit approximately $1.5 million in one-time Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to the Small Business Stabilization Fund, an emergency fund that provides working capital grants in amounts up to $10,000 to qualifying small businesses.
King County Emergency Child Care for Essential Workers
King County has committed $2.2 million to provide child care, free of charge, for essential workers who live or work in the County. The funding will pay for a slot at select child care providers across the county through at least June. We need your help to get the word out about this resource to your clients, employees, and communities!
To apply for this free child care, families should call the Child Care Aware of Washington Family Center at 1-800-446-1114 and complete an intake with our Resource Specialists. Translation into several languages available free of charge
Caregivers Get Free Lyft Rides During COVID-19 via National Council on Aging
Evictions for Small Businesses and Nonprofits in Seattle have been Halted During this Outbreak
Evictions of small business and nonprofit tenants in the City of Seattle for non-payment of rent have been temporarily halted. This is effective immediately and will last for 60 days from March 18 or until Seattle’s coronavirus emergency ends, pending the council’s approval. For more information, you can visit the Mayor’s blog post here.
Providers as Employers:
State Benefits for Employers
The Washington State Employment Security Department has programs designed to help individuals and employers impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. They have an easy-to-read comparison guide listing some of the most common scenarios that may occur and benefits that may apply. More information for workers and businesses here: esd.wa.gov/newsroom/covid-19
United Way of King County Resources for Unemployed Workers
The United Way of King County has put together a list of resources for workers who have been laid off due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This list includes links to unemployment benefits, health insurance, and other free and reduced programs in and around King County. Go to the United Way of King County’s page for more information.
City of Seattle B&O Tax Deferment Information
Effective immediately, the City of Seattle Department of Finance and Administrative Services (FAS) will defer business and occupation (B&O) tax collections for businesses that have annual taxable incomes of $5 million or less and that pay city taxes quarterly. This will allow small business owners increased flexibility during a period of financial duress caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. If you have questions, please call (206) 684-8484 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
DoorDash Subsidized Delivery for Nonprofits
DoorDash is offering subsidized delivery services (priced only to recuperate their costs, such as paying couriers) for nonprofit organizations and local agencies looking to transport food and other necessities from distribution hubs to residents. Interested organizations can start by completing this brief form, and DoorDash will contact you within two business days.
The COVID-19 Community Response Fund overview and criteria and application for the fund at the Equity and Social Justice website. Applications are currently being accepted on a rolling basis. The fund has resources specifically for organizations and businesses in UKC, among other criteria.
Ways to connect with Volunteers:
Donations Connector – Ways to connect with volunteers
Communicating Provider Needs to City of Seattle and King County:
The City of Seattle Human Services Department now has a central email inbox for community health and human service providers to correspond with HSD regarding the following novel coronavirus info: HSDCOVIDinfo@seattle.gov
- Requests for continuity of operations, e.g. sanitation supplies, staff, transportation
- Operational status updates, e.g. limited service or closures
- Resources to offer, e.g. can re-purpose existing service for COVID response
“We have a no-wrong door approach, so we will connect any email that comes through that inbox to the appropriate person.”
King County providers contracted with King County should contact their contract specialist any needs related to COVID-19.
Resource articles for human services providers:
“A New Mission for Nonprofits During the Outbeak: Survival” quoting National Council of Nonprofits via The New York Times
Coronavirus Crisis Comms Triage Kit via The Communications Network
Promoting Financial Health and Resiliency for People with Disabilities and Their Families During the COVID-19 Pandemic via National Disability Institute
COVID-19 Racial Equity and Social Justice Resources via Racial Equity Tools
“After-school Programs Urged to Follow Health Officials’ Guidance on Coronavirus” via Youth Today
“How Nonprofits Can Utilize the New Federal Laws Dealing with COVID-19” via Nonprofit Quarterly
“Youth Justice Advocates Urge COVID-19 Fixes for Facilities” via Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
How Nonprofits and Board Members Can Respond to COVID-19 via BoardSource
Sustainability to Survivability: 5 Nonprofit Finance Must-Do’s in the Time of COVID via Nonprofit Quarterly
Ensuring Young Children Have Healthy Meals During the Coronavirus Pandemic via CLASP
Nutrition/Food: COVID-19 Updates via Food Research and Action Center
COVID-19 Resources for Older Adults & Caregivers via National Council on Aging