Nonprofit Response & Resources

Montana is starting to open back up, even as COVID-19 is still traversing the globe and new cases are being reported in our own state. This is a difficult time to be a nonprofit and navigate the unknown. What is clear is that nonprofits and their clients have a long way to go before getting back to whatever can be considered normal. This page is designed to provide you up-to-date resources and information to help you make the best decisions for your organization and community.

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

Breaking News

American Rescue Plan Act Signed Into Law

President Biden has signed a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package. In addition to $1,400 direct payments to individuals making up to $75,000 annually (couples up to $150,000), the law also provides:
  • $350 billion in aid to state and local governments.  Montana will receive an estimated $2.7 billion of this:
    • $382 million for K-12 education, $286 million to expand pandemic unemployment benefits, $152 million for emergency rental assistance, $143 million for COVID-19 testing and contact tracing, $298 million in budget relief to towns, cities, and tribal governments, and $910 million to account for the pandemic's impact on our state budget.
  • The law adds $7.5 billion to the Paycheck Protection Program.
    • In addition to publishing an Interim Final Rule late last week, the SBA also posted revised applications for PPP loans. Both reflect the new exception allowing nonprofits operating at multiple locations to apply for loans so long as not more than 500 employees (300 employees for Second Draw loans) work at any one location.

Here are a few helpful resources to understand more about the law:

Montana Relief Funding

MNA Resources

Tools for Nonprofits

Additional Resources

Community Foundations currently providing emergency response funding for COVID-19:

Additional COVID-19 Funding:

Here are guidelines for those working in direct service. Hopefully you've seen these before but now is a great time to brush up with your team and double down on risk management. They are also helpful for those of you considering restarting programs in the future:

Whether your team is considering phasing back to the office or continuing to work remotely, the resources below will help you navigate the new work landscape:  

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. 

 

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