Nonprofit Response and Resources

As the front line in many communities, nonprofits will play a large role in determining the impact of  COVID-19 is addressed in Montana. Prepare yourself and your organization to lead in and through this event. Below are resources to help you stay informed, prepare, and communicate with your staff, clients, and community. 

For the most up to date information on COVID-19, please refer to the following websites:

MNA Resources

Here are some funding resources for organizations impacted by COVID-19. We will update this list on an ongoing basis as more resources emerge.

Federal Coronavirus Relief

The Small Business Administration (SBA)

  • Disaster loans for business and nonprofits impacted directly by COVID-19. APPLY HERE. While terms for each organization will be different depending on the size of the loan and ability to repay, SBA guidelines state that loans can be for up to $2 million, the interest rate for nonprofits is 2.75%, and the repayment terms are for up to 30 years. To help you understand what this might mean for your organization, MNA has created a basic amortization schedule that allows you to project a monthly payment and total interest and principal paid, based on the terms provided by the SBA. Please download and use this template, and please email [email protected] with any questions.

The Otto Bremer Trust Community Benefit Financial Company Emergency Fund

  • A $50 million emergency fund to provide financial support to Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Montana nonprofits and other community organizations. The new fund provides emergency funding, loans, lines of credit, and other financial resources to organizations impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Community Foundations currently providing emergency response funding for COVID-19

  • NONPROFIT HR WEBINAR SERIES - Knowledge and Skills for Your Team During COVID-19 - Learn more and register here.
    • April 21st - Wage and Hour Basics - Basics of exempt and non-exempt employees, exemptions from overtime and options as business conditions change.
    • April 28th - Change Management and Navigating the Transition - Three phases of transitions, building trust, four P's of change.
    • May 5th - Effective Communication and Delivering Difficult Messages - Listening defined, understanding listening constraints and adapting, delivering difficult news.
  • Unemployment Requirements Streamlined -The United States Department of Labor approved a request from the Montana Department of Labor & Industry to support workers financially impacted by COVID-19. The rules filed today with the Secretary of State’s office will go into effect immediately. People who think they are eligible for these benefits can apply for benefits online at govor contact the Unemployment Insurance Division over the phone at for UI benefits online or over the phone at: (406) 444-2545.

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Nonprofits are on the front line serving the more vulnerable people in the community. Communicating changes in scheduled events or services is challenging but important. During uncertain times, more communication rather than less is even more important. Below are resources, including templates, to help with the process. Given the amount of information available, we are curating resources we believe will be most practical.