Paycheck Protection & Forgiveness (PPP) COVID Emergency Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)EIDL Advance * Targeted & Supplemental AdvancesPandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)ARP State & Local Block Grants
Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC)Charitable Tax DeductionFederal Taxpayer Stimulus ChecksCOVID Relief Action Alerts
Archive of All COVID Resources_______________________________________________________________________________________________________
Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG)
The SVOG program offers a critical lifeline from the federal government for the nation’s performing arts venues, movie theatres, museums, and more. The program, administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA), includes over $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues.
Notice: As of August 20, 2021, SVOG is no longer accepting NEW applications.
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) & Forgiveness
The PPP is a forgivable loan program that helped small businesses keep their workforce employed during the COVID crisis. First Draw PPP loans made to eligible borrowers qualify for full loan forgiveness if during the 8- to 24-week covered period following loan disbursement. Second Draw PPP loans made to eligible borrowers qualify for full loan forgiveness if during the 8- to 24-week covered period following loan disbursement.
Notice: The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) ended on May 31, 2021. Existing borrowers may be eligible for PPP loan forgiveness.
COVID Emergency Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)
Since its inception, the COVID Emergency Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) program, a federal disaster relief loan designed to better serve and support our small business communities still reeling from the pandemic, especially hard-hit sectors such as restaurants, gyms, and hotels, has approved nearly $300 billion in relief aid.
Notice: COVID EIDL is no longer accepting new applications but will continue to accept requests for increases, reconsideration, and appeals.
EIDL Advance + Targeted and Supplemental Advances
The EIDL is a federal small business loan program that supports small businesses during their recovery from the pandemic by providing accessible and borrower-friendly capital.
Notice: As of January 1, 20, we are not able to accept applications for new COVID EIDL loans or advances.
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
Artists who experienced unemployment and loss of income due to the pandemic could have applied for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). PUA provided an additional $300 per week of federal assistance on top of the state unemployment amount and is eligible to all out-of-work W2, 1099 and self-employed individuals. This program was extended through Labor Day, September 6, 2021.
The CARES Act gives states the option of extending unemployment compensation to independent contractors and other workers who are ordinarily ineligible for unemployment benefits. Please contact your state’s unemployment insurance office at the website or phone number provided to learn more about the availability of these benefits where you live.
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Grants
The National Endowment for the Arts is an independent federal agency whose funding supports state arts agencies, arts and cultural nonprofits, and individual artists across the country. The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced two grant programs for COVID relief and recovery for the arts, funded through the American Rescue Plan for State Arts Agencies (LAAs) and Arts Organizations (AOs) for regranting.
Check your state's arts agency to learn more about how they are regranting their funds to artists and arts organizations like you.
American Rescue Plan (ARP) State & Local Block Grants
In 2021, Congress passed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan (ARP) initiative introduced by the Biden Administration. A major feature of this legislation is $350 billion in state and local block grants for Coronavirus fiscal recovery. The goal of these State & Local block grants were to support urgent COVID-19 response efforts to continue to decrease spread of the virus and bring the pandemic under control, replace lost revenue for eligible state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments to strengthen support for vital public services and help retain jobs, support immediate economic stabilization for households and businesses, and finally address systemic public health and economic challenges that have contributed to the unequal impact of the pandemic.
Federal Taxpayer Stimulus Checks
The federal government issued Economic Impact Payments, or stimulus checks, to eligible tax payers as a way to provide financial assistance and relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. As of January 2022, the IRS has issued all first, second, and third Economic Impact Payments.
Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC)
Eligible employers can can claim the employee retention credit, a refundable tax credit equal to 50% of up to $10,000 in qualified wages (including health plan expenses). These eligible employers are businesses with operations that have been partially or fully suspended due to government orders due to COVID-19 or those that have had a significant decline in gross receipts compared to 2019.
The American Rescue Plan Act, enacted March 11, 2021, extended the employee retention credit (and the availability of certain advance payments of the tax credits) until December 31, 2021.
Charitable Tax Deduction
Generally, you can only deduct charitable contributions if you itemize deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040), Itemized Deductions. However, for 2021, individuals who do not itemize their deductions may deduct up to $300 ($600 for married individuals filing joint returns) from gross income for their qualified cash charitable contributions to public charities, private operating foundations, and federal, state, and local governments. There is also a temporary suspension of limits on charitable contributions currently in place by the IRS.
COVID Relief Action Alerts
Here you can find an assortment of federal and legislative updates on COVID-19 federal relief programs for artists and arts organizations.
Archive of All COVID Resources
Here is an archive of all of our COVID-related resources for artists and arts organizations in the United States.