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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...