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Equality Can't Wait Challenge to award $30 million to expand women’s power and influence
Pivotal Ventures, Melinda Gates’ investment and incubation company, with additional support from MacKenzie Bezos, is launching the Equality Can’t Wait Challenge, which will award $30 million to help expand women’s power and influence in the United States by 2030. Grants will be awarded to the organizations or coalitions of organizations with the most compelling proposals. Up to 10 participants will be named as finalists. Finalists are eligible to receive a one-time award of $100,000. Registrations are due by 1 September 2020. Read more...

Lyft offers services in response to COVID-19
As part of our response to COVID-19, we’re piloting a new initiative called Essential Deliveries. Through this program, organizations that need delivery services for essential goods — such as groceries, medical supplies, auto parts, and home necessities — are quickly matched with Lyft drivers, who can carry the deliveries out. Additionally, in collaboration with 500+ community partners, we’re helping provide essential services — like trips to the grocery store, pharmacy, and healthcare appointments — to those in need. Read more...

COVID-19 response funding available in Greater Baltimore area
Funders in the Greater Baltimore area are working together to streamline the application process for non-profit organizations seeking resources to support changes in operations and sustainability due to COVID-19. The Collaborative’s immediate response funding priorities are: access to food; access to other home essentials (such as toiletries, diapers, cleaning supplies, non-prescription medications); nonprofit sustainability; technology/capacity of non-profits who support those affected by COVID-19; mental health and community coping; support for first responders and health care workers; information sharing and credible information sources; and access to temporary shelter. Read more...

IMLS, SBA offer webinar on the Paycheck Protection Program for museums, libraries
As Small Business Administration (SBA) Phase 2 Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding remains available, IMLS hosted SBA Economic Development Coordinator Noah Brod in a webinar discussing PPP issues most relevant to museum and library communities. The webinar is now available on-demand on the IMLS website. Mr. Brod’s presentation addresses PPP issues pertaining to eligibility, payroll costs, and forgiveness calculations, as well as questions concerning unique business organizational structures. Along with the most up-to-date SBA guidance available, the webinar features a Q&A segment addressing PPP-related concerns specific to museum and library communities. Read more...

USDA provides COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide
USDA and its Federal partners have programs that can be used to provide immediate and long-term assistance to rural communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. These programs can support recovery efforts for rural residents, businesses and communities through technical, training, and management assistance; financial assistance; and state and local assistance. Read more...

National Endowment for the Arts announces CARES Act funding to support arts jobs and help sustain arts organizations
Washington, DC — The National Endowment for the Arts announced today its guidelines to swiftly distribute funding to nonprofit arts organizations from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to preserve jobs and help support organizations forced to close operations due to the spread of COVID-19. With the $75 million appropriated to the National Endowment for the Arts through the CARES Act, the Arts Endowment will award 40 percent of the funds directly to state and regional arts agencies by April 30th to distribute through their funding programs. Sixty percent of the funds are designated for direct grants to nonprofit arts organizations all across the United States and will be announced by June 30th. More than 3,700 organizations that have received National Endowment for the Arts awards in the past four years are eligible to apply for a direct grant. Funds can be used for staff salary support, fees for artists or contractual personnel, and facilities costs. The direct grants will not require a cost share or match and will be for a fixed amount of $50,000. Designated local arts agencies eligible to subgrant may request $100,000 or $250,000 for subgranting programs. The deadline to apply is April 22, 2020. Read more...