In response to the COVID-19 Crisis
We are collecting helpful resources for nonprofits to navigate the current challenges we are all facing due to the COVID-19 public health crisis.
Check back often for new funding options, human resource tools, and more, as we will be updating this page regularly. Nonprofits should follow the Community Foundation’s Facebook page to be apprised of additional resources.
LOCAL FUNDING OPTIONS & RESOURCES
Community Emergency Relief Fund (CERF):
Part 1 of the application for CERF Grants — Round 3 / Recovery Funding, is now available.
The third round of Community Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) grants will address nonprofit financial stabilization and recovery in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. All nonprofits serving Southwest Colorado (Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma and San Juan counties) are eligible to apply. The application for grants, ranging from $1,000 – $5,000, will be a two-part process.
Part 1 of the application for Round 3 of CERF Funding is a required nonprofit needs assessment. Only NPOs that complete this form will be eligible to receive Part 2 of the application. This form must be completed by Monday, June 1. The more accurate information we receive, the more we can do to advocate for nonprofits in the time of COVID-19.
*If your organization has recently completed a United Way survey / needs assessment from Lynn Urban, then you DO NOT need to fill out the form linked in this email. Rather, Lynn will contact you directly to receive some additional information, and once that information is received, you will be eligible for Part 2 of the application. Contact Lynn at [email protected] or 970-903-3815, if you have questions regarding the follow-up to her survey. Other questions can be directed to Briggen at the Community Foundation at [email protected] or 970-375-5807.
Based on information provided in the needs assessment, if your organization qualifies, we will send you Part 2 of the application by the end of June. We plan to execute Round 3 CERF Recovery Funding as soon as possible.
The first two rounds of rapid-response funding were disbursed in early April (Round 1) and early May (Round 2) with $100,500 in grants distributed to 32 organizations working to address food and housing security, as well as other issues facing vulnerable populations across SW CO. The Community Foundation secured matching donors in all five counties, bringing the total emergency funds granted in the first six weeks of this crisis to $201,000.
To donate to CERF, click here.
Southwest Colorado Disaster Assistance (SWCODA.org): SWCODA is a repository of resources and information that shares the many ways people can get assistance during this time and how individuals and businesses can get involved and help. To find appropriate resources, click on the county where you live (found at the top of the website) and then click on the type of resource you are requiring — whether that is public health questions, employment-related issues (including unemployment benefits) and/or local services (including food, housing, utility, transportation and government-related needs).
The Community Foundation’s LAUNCH fund provides low-interest loans to area nonprofits through First Southwest Bank’s Community Fund. Click here for more information.
Region 9 Economic Development of SW Colorado has a list of resources and funding opportunities: click here. Region 9 is also soliciting donations as an Enterprise Zone Project, which will support businesses in SW CO through grants and low-interest loans. Click here to donate.
La Plata County Economic Development Alliance is collecting resources for local businesses, much of which applies to nonprofits, as well. Click here to learn more from the Business Resource Playbook.
Need a resource for your Human Resources? Our partners at the Payroll Department recommend this online site to help you navigate HR questions, including work-from-home policies, options for paid time off due to the COVID-19 crisis, sick leave, and more.
STATEWIDE FUNDING OPTIONS & RESOURCES
For general information about the COVID-19 crisis in Colorado, click here to access the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the State Emergency Operations Center.
Energize Colorado is a group of diverse, skilled volunteers who are connecting businesses and nonprofits with resources to address current challenges and spur transformative growth. Webinars and training opportunities are available.
HelpColoradoNow.org: eligible community-based organizations across Colorado may receive a general operating grant up to $25,000. Multiple grant deadlines starting April 4.
Philanthropy Colorado has an extensive list of funding opportunities, click here.
Community Resource Center is also gathering helpful resources and funding opportunities. Click here.
FEDERAL FUNDING OPTIONS & RESOURCES
The Cononavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act has allocated billions to help small business, including nonprofits, keep their workers employed. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with how the loans work, you’re not alone.
The Federal Coronavirus Relief CARES Act includes options for nonprofits, including the Paycheck Protection Program, with loans that will be fully forgiven under certain circumstances. Click here to learn more.
We have found the Chamber of Commerce’s Guide and Checklist for the upcoming loans/grants to be helpful, as well as the Colorado SBDC website. If you prefer videos, check out this helpful video from ASAP Accounting and Payroll Services.
The COVID-19 crisis has impacted our region’s nonprofits in various ways. Some of you have front-line programs and are working overtime. Some of you are working from home, as well as overseeing your children’s remote learning. Some of you have been impacted by the cancelations and actually have lots of extra time on your hands. If you fall into the last category, or if you just need a break from the crazy and would like to take some self-growth time… there are lots of professional development webinars available. Below are a few links you might find helpful:
The La Plata County Economic Recovery Task Force is offering free business marketing sessions every morning M-F from 9-10am. Click here to learn more. Join live or watch recorded webinars on SWCODA’s YouTube Channel.
TechSoup: includes tools to support for safe and effective remote work
Bloomerang: blog with expert insights on fundraising and donor communication during the crisis
Network for Good: check out these COVID-19 Response Resources, including fundraising strategies, timely blog posts and fundraising coach Q&As.