Resources for Nonprofits

You can download a summary of the nonprofits, arts, and cultural organizations resources here.

City of Seattle Resources

Halting Evictions: Mayor Durkan extended the moratorium on evictions for residential, nonprofit, and small businesses to June 4. Read more about the moratorium on evictions. 
 
COVID-19 Lease Amendment Toolkit: The City of Seattle's Office of Economic Development (OED) has partnered with Communities Rise and Perkins Coie to launch a new toolkit to help small businesses and nonprofit organizations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic explore options for their commercial leases with a goal of remaining in their spaces. Building on the eviction moratorium for small businesses and nonprofits signed by Mayor Durkan, the new COVID-19 Lease Amendment Toolkit for small businesses and nonprofits provides a suite of tools - including template lease amendment language - to assist small businesses and nonprofits who are navigating the negotiation of their commercial leases with their landlords. Small businesses and nonprofits that have 50 or fewer employees are also eligible for a free, 60-minute consultation with a legal professional to assist with any COVID-19 commercial lease-related questions. Businesses and nonprofits can access the toolkit here.

Seattle Protects: Public Health - Seattle & King County announced a health directive for all workers and residents to wear cloth face coverings in all indoor public settings and outdoor public spaces where maintaining social distancing could be difficult. The directive took effect on May 18, 2020. The City heard from many small business owners who were struggling to source face coverings and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for their employees. That's why the City created Seattle Protects, which is a new online marketplace to connect local manufacturers with organizations, businesses, nonprofits, community groups, and individuals in need of cloth face coverings. Visit the marketplace to browse local manufacturers inventory. 

Utility Payment Relief: Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) and Seattle City Light (SCL) will keep utility services on during the COVID-19 Civil Emergency. Effective immediately, all SPU and SCL customers can set up deferred payment plans if their financial stability has been jeopardized by COVID-19. Utility service will stay on as their deferred payment plans are developed and implemented. Customers financially impacted by COVID 19 can set up payment plans with either Seattle City Light or Seattle Public Utilities by calling 206-684-3000 or sending an email. 

Individual Artist and Creative Workers Support: The City will invest $100,000 to provide immediate relief for artists and creative workers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The City's Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) invested $50,000 in the Seattle Artist Relief Fund, founded by Seattle author Ijeoma Oluo, which will bring the total current funding to $187,150. In addition, ARTS invested another $50,000 in Artist Trust's COVID-19 Artist Relief Fund, which provides rapid response grants supporting critical needs of artists whose livelihoods have been impacted by the pandemic. Read more about Artists and Creative Workers Relief Funding. (Program is currently on pause. Join the waitlist.) 

Arts Stabilization Fund: The City also invested $1 million in arts and cultural organizations through the new Arts Stabilization Fund. The focus of the funding will be on arts and cultural organizations that have been impacted by the moratorium on events and public gatherings. These organizations rely on ticket sales, attendance and fundraising efforts. The recent and necessary actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 from the State of Washington and Public Health - Seattle & King County have greatly impacted the arts and culture sector. Funds will be distributed through the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture's grant programs. 

Business Impact Survey: The COVID-19 Business Impact Survey seeks to understand the experiences of businesses, nonprofits, and independent workers who have been significantly impacted by COVID-19. Your voice will help inform our short and long-term strategies to help the economy. As a thank you for participating in the survey, OED is randomly selecting five participants to win a $50 gift card redeemable through Gift Card Market Place for each round of the survey. Complete the Business Impact Survey by May 29.  

King County Resources 

King County Cultural Relief Fund: 4Culture is providing $1 million for loss of work due to COVID-19 impacts on the King County cultural sector. The first round of funding will be available April 1 through May 15. Apply at any time within that time frame. Applications will be reviewed by a panel weekly and they will notify within 10 business days about the application status. Apply for the King County Cultural Relief Fund.

COVID-19 Handbook for Creative Industries: King County Creative has established a COVID-19 Handbook for Creatives to bring together resources to take care of yourself and your family; to support the arts and culture community; and to prepare for recovery.   

Hello4Culture Digital Workshops: Every Friday, Hello4Culture hosts a Zoom presentation at 12:00 p.m. to share information and resources to navigate through COVID-19 for creatives. Register for the Hello4Culture workshops. 
 Arts Sustained Support: Sustained Support offers funding for the day-to-day needs of arts organizations over two-year cycles-this reliable, consistent support lets creativity flourish in the places that make King County a cultural hub. Apply for the Art Sustained Support fund by October 14, 2020. 

State of Washington Resources 

ArtsWA CARES Act Relief Grants: ArtsWA is providing rapid-response funding to nonprofit and fiscally sponsored arts groups and organizations that are facing financial hardship due to economic impacts related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding, in the form of grants, is provided by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Arts. Grants of up to $5,000 may be requested for general operating support. Apply for the ArtsWA CARES Act Relief Grant by May 31.  

Health Care Access: In response to the potential growth of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, the Washington Health Benefit Exchange announced a limited-time special enrollment period for qualified individuals who are currently without insurance. Apply for health care access on Washington Health Plan Finder. The Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner has resources and information available here for consumers who have questions about insurance and COVID-19. 

State Unemployment Assistance for Creatives: Unemployment benefits in Washington state are expanding under the federal CARES Act to cover independent contractors and self-employed individuals. Anyone who is receiving or will be receiving weekly unemployment benefits will receive an additional $600 per week. These new benefits are also available for workers who did not work enough hours to qualify for traditional unemployment benefits (workers who worked fewer than 680 hours). You can apply to receive unemployment assistance from the Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD) at esd.wa.gov/unemployment

Private & Philanthropic Resources 

2020 Inspiration Fund: Alliance for Pioneer Square is matching volunteer hours and/or funding up to $20,000 for community members to implement projects and programs making a positive impact in the Pioneer Square neighborhood. Project goals include celebrating neighborhood diversity, enhancing public spaces, and neighborhood storytelling. Potential projects might include work around murals, art, workforce development, alleys, public area improvements, cleanup, experiences, or events. Apply by May 31, 2020.   

CARES Act Humanities Relief: Humanities Washington is honored to provide rapid-response funding to humanities organizations facing financial hardship as a result of the coronavirus. Grants of between $2,500 to $5,000 will be made to Washington State nonprofit cultural organizations that provide humanities programming. Apply for Humanities Washington's Relief by May 31.  

COVID-19 Artist Trust Relief fund: The COVID-19 Artist Trust Relief Fund is an emergency grant program that will put cash grants directly into the hands of Washington State artists who have lost wages related to the COVID-19 crisis.  Grants range from $500-5,000 based on artists' needs. Apply or learn more about the Artist Trust Relief Fund.  

Communities Rise Legal Consultations: The Communities Rise COVID-19 legal clinics are an opportunity for Washington State entrepreneurs, small businesses, community organizations, and nonprofits who have suffered adversely from the impact of the COVID-19 crisis to receive free legal advice during a 45-minute remote consultation with a volunteer attorney. Learn more here. 

The Seattle Sounders FC Relief Fund: This fund was established by RAVE Foundation to support individuals, small businesses, and nonprofits located in CenturyLink Field and in the neighborhoods surrounding CenturyLink Field that have been adversely impacted by the postponement of the 2020 MLS season due to COVID-19. Apply for the Seattle Sounder's Relief Fund.