Resources from the Maryland State Arts Council: COVID-19 Business Relief Programs Announced by Governor Hogan – March 23, 2020

Governor Hogan announced new COVID-19 business relief programs on March 23. These resources are available through the Department of Commerce and the Department of Labor.

In addition, the entire state of Maryland has received designation for SBA assistance. Small businesses can apply here for federal funding.

Maryland COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund Programs for BusinessesMaryland has authorized $130 million in loan and grant funding for small businesses and manufacturers that have been negatively impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). This emergency assistance provides interim relief and proceeds that can be used to pay cash operating expenses including payroll, suppliers, rent, fixed debt payments and other mission critical cash operating costs.If you are a Maryland-based business impacted by the Coronavirus with under 50 full- and part-time employees, or a Maryland manufacturer, check out the programs below to see if you qualify for assistance.

  • Maryland COVID-19 Emergency Relief Manufacturing Fund – This $5 million incentive program helps Maryland manufacturers to produce personal protective equipment (PPE) that is urgently needed by hospitals and health-care workers across the country. More details are expected to be announced by Friday, March 27, 2020.

COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund – Workforce Development and Adult LearningGovernor Larry Hogan and the Maryland Department of Labor have launched the new COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund, which is designed to support businesses undergoing economic stresses due to the pandemic by preventing or minimizing the duration of unemployment resulting from layoffs. The award (up to $50,000 per applicant), will be a quick deployable benefit and customizable to the specific needs of your business to minimize the need for layoffs.Labor is accepting grant applications from small businesses for awards from now through 30 days after the State of Emergency ends (subject to funding availability).
How can it help me?

  • Providing funds to cover the cost of purchasing remote access (ex. computers, printers, etc.) equipment to allow employees to work remotely from home versus being laid off;
  • Providing funds to cover the cost of purchasing software or programs that an employee would need to use from home;
  • Supporting businesses that take advantage of the Unemployment Insurance Work Sharing Program by supplementing the employee’s income and benefits;
  • Providing funds to cover the costs of cleaning/sanitation services so that small businesses are able to keep employees at work on site, but only if a frequent deep cleaning to prevent exposure occurred;
  • Paying for liability insurance for restaurants that convert to delivery while under emergency circumstances;
  • Providing funds for training or professional development opportunities for employees to avoid layoffs; and
  • Adopting other creative approaches and strategies to reduce or eliminate the need for layoffs in the small business community.

Examples of how a business may demonstrate the need for layoff aversion funds:

  • I run a call center where employees usually work in an office setting. To support social distancing, I’d like my employees to work remotely, which will require equipment such as reliable headphones and laptops for each employee. If they do not have this equipment, I will need to layoff my staff.
  • I could ask employees to use their personal phones and work remotely, but I do not have the funds to support the cell phone packages. If provided funds to reimburse employees for the increased data usage, my business could avoid layoffs.
  • My employees could work remotely if they had a specific software or computer application, but I cannot afford to purchase. Without this software, I will need to layoff my workforce until we can go back to the office.
  • I need my 8 employees to continue to work on site, but I am concerned about their potential exposure to COVID-19 and cannot afford frequent deep cleaning to help limit potential exposure. If I had funds to support the deep cleaning, it would allow my workers to continue to work and would foster a safer work environment.
  • Due to the impacts of COVID-19, my employees have more down time than usual. If I were able to offer the opportunity for them to take project management training online during this down time, they will increase their skillsets, making them a valuable asset to our company and less likely a candidate for layoff.

Get Started Now!✔ View the One Pager✔ COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund Policy✔ COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund Application (Excel)Submit your completed application to: LaborCOVID19.layoffaversion@maryland.govLabor staff will process applications within two business days of receipt. Upon approval and receipt of signed contract, payment will be expedited.
For More Information…Contact the Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning.

Americans for the Arts has a list of resources for artists and has recorded and shared its March 13 conversation with teaching artists about COVID-19.

Emergency Grants – Women Arts

Emergency Grants – Foundation for Contemporary Art

Actors Fund Emergency Financial Assistance (not just for actors)

Shade Literary Arts Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund (national)

NEA Shared List of Resources for Arts & Cultural Organizations and Professionals/Individuals

The Ghostlight Fund (theater actors)

Freelance Artist & Scholars Resources

Emergency Grants – Rauschenberg Foundation 

Emergency Grants – Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant (visual arts)

Emergency Grants – Haven Foundation

Emergency Funding – CERF + The Artists Safety Net

Musicians Foundation Emergency Fund

Corona Virus 2020 Artist Relief Funds Database

List of Emergency Funding Opportunities for Visual Artists

List of Funding Opportunities from 3Arts

The Artbar Blog is sharing a weekly art and play activity guide for kids and parents in quarantine. This “creativity supplement to homeschool learning for kids 3–8” includes suggestions for drawing tools, nature walks, and more.

Mo Willems, Kennedy Center artist in residence, is hosting lunch doodles each weekday at 1pm ET. Viewers can also ask questions and view archived episodes on the Kennedy Center website.

The Music Teachers National Association has a list of websites for kids. Among the websites are games for kids interested in classical music, virtual tours of music halls, music theory resources, and more.

Tinkerlab has maker ideas and visual arts challenges for learners on its website. There are also science projects and other activities, and those interested can sign up for a mailing list with new activities and ideas.

We Are Teachers has assembled a list of authors reading their work aloud, sharing digital resources, and facilitating online activities.

Application deadline – Monday, January 13, 2020

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Inc. (BOPA) is proud to announce the 15th edition of the Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize.  The prize will award $25,000 to a visual artist or visual artist collaborators living and working in the Baltimore region. Approximately six finalists will be selected for the final review for the prizes; their work will be exhibited in the Walters Art Museum. Finalists not selected for the Sondheim Prize will be awarded an M&T Bank Finalist Award of $2,500 each.

New for this year, we will also be awarding a Sondheim Creative Residency, a six-week long fully funded residency at La Civatella Ranieri, in the Umbria region of Italy, to one of the remaining five finalists not selected for the Sondheim Prize.

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NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR SOLOS 2020

Deadline to Submit: November 12, 2019

Notification Date: December 2019

Exhibition Dates: April 11 – June 6, 2020

Application Fee: $35

Arlington Arts Center is currently accepting proposals for SOLOS 2020, to take place April 11 – June 6, 2020. Contemporary artists living or working in the Mid-Atlantic region are invited to propose solo-style exhibitions or projects to take place in one of AAC’s seven separate gallery spaces. Proposals are accepted through an open call and selected by guest jurors, in consultation with AAC staff. Artists are encouraged to propose exhibitions of previously unseen bodies of work and/or other new or previously unexhibited projects or installations. Proposals that specifically take into account AAC’s exhibition spaces are encouraged.

WHO CAN SUBMIT Artists who produce contemporary art in any media, and who live or work in the Mid-Atlantic region (defined as Virginia, District of Columbia, Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, or Delaware) may submit exhibition proposals. Any existing works must have been completed within the last 3 years in order to be considered.

GUEST JURORS Terence Washington, Departments of Academic Programs and Modern Art, National Gallery of Art; Michael Benevento, Director, Current Space

The Public Art Across Maryland program supports communities planning and creating public art. The program supports community visioning activities and planning processes to develop a public art concept idea, as well as funds to create and produce the final public artwork. The resulting work may be in any media, temporary or permanent, and inside or outside. The artwork must be free and publicly accessible to all.

Maryland non-profit organizations and/or local government may apply for either Planning Grant of up to $2500, or an Implementation Grant of up to $10,000 for a public art project that is developed through a community-driven engagement process.

FY20 PAAM Guidelines

Application deadlines:

November 15, 2019

February 12, 2020

May 12, 2020