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COVID-19 Resource & Connections

We will take this journey together.

To our nonprofit partners, local entrepreneurs and small business owners, we  recognize your strength and significance in our community, and we honor you for being there every day to improve the quality of life in Southwest Florida. We are in awe by your dedication and impact—now even more than ever.

These are uncertain times for all of us. Please know that we are here with you and want to be a resource of support and connection.

Because Collaboratory is more than just a place, it’s a space that continues to connect us transcending physical walls creating a space where change and connection happen.

Should you have additional resources and links to share with our community, please click here to send us your resources and links.

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TAKE THE FLASH POLL. To understand the immediate needs of our community, we need your input! On behalf of our regional partners, please share the link of the poll with other nonprofit leaders too so we can get information on our Southwest Florida community. The more information, the better! Stay safe.

LEGISLATIVE & ADVOCACY UPDATES

Provide an above-the-line deduction for charitable giving capped at 1/3 of the standard deduction ($4000 for individuals / $8000 for married couples);

Ensure it’s available for all of 2020, so that those who’ve already donated this year can also take advantage of this; and

Ensure that there’s no giving floor included, so that we make this accessible for small dollar donors which are critical to churches and charities.

If your organization would like to be listed as supporting the Lankford Amendment, please provide the information here: Council for Nonprofits: Sign-on Letter for Lankford Amendment

ORGANIZATIONAL AID AND GRANTS

US Small Business Administration Disaster Business Loan 
This is the actual form to apply, but for more information click here

Wells Fargo Announces Aid to Communities Impacted by COVID-19  
Wells Fargo & Company announced additional comprehensive steps to help customers, communities and employees grappling with the impact of COVID-19. The company has suspended residential property foreclosure sales, evictions and involuntary auto repossessions. Additionally, the Wells Fargo Foundation will increase its charitable donations to $175 million to help address food, shelter, small business and housing stability, and to provide help to public health organizations. 

Gannett Launches Website to Help Communities Support Local Small Businesses 
Gannett, the owner of USA TODAY, and more than 260 daily local media properties, launched a nationwide effort to help communities support local small businesses during the coronavirus crisis. The website allows users to select local businesses in their community to support by buying gift cards for use at a later time.Visitors and business owners can also add local businesses to the platform.  

Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation
The Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation is activating $1.25 million in emergency funding to support organizations on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response. Applicants must be 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in the health or hunger relief field providing essential services to people impacted by COVID-19.  The Foundation plans to review applications on a rolling basis and approve funding as soon as possible. Grants typically range from $5,000 to $25,000, but larger amounts will be considered. Visit their website to apply. 

The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan COVID-19
Lee County businesses can now apply for a Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan. These short-term, interest-free working capital loans are intended to “bridge the gap” between the time a major catastrophe hits and when a business has secured longer term recovery resources, such as sufficient profits from a revived business, receipt of payments on insurance claims or federal disaster assistance. You can then apply for the SBA Loan and use the funds to pay back the Bridge Loan. The application period runs through May 8, 2020.

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans

offer up to $2 million in assistance per small business and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.

  •  These working capital loans are intended to assist small businesses in meeting their financial obligations through the disaster recovery period.
  •  These loans may be used to pay fixed debts (Bridge Loan), payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact.
  •  The application is available online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela
  •  The interest rate for businesses is 3.75% with loan terms up to 30 years.
  •  SBA offers loans with long-term repayments to keep payments affordable for businesses without the financial ability to weather the adverse impacts of COVID-19.

The Applicants may call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomer- [email protected] for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard- of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339. The deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is Dec. 18, 2020. Disaster declaration details are at: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Declarations/ DeclarationDetails?declNumber=6063372. For more information about available SBA resources and services, please visit: www.SBA.gov/coronavirus.

Community Organizations Active in a Disaster – Charlotte County Pre-Screening Application

HUD Provides Immediate Relief for Homeowners Amid Nationwide Coronavirus Response

Remote health care: The Department of Health and Human Services’ Telehealth Network Grant Program seeks to enhance telehealth networks to deliver 24-hour emergency department consultation services to rural providers without emergency care specialists. The emphasis is on stroke, behavioral health, and emergency medical services. The application deadline is April 13.

Civic engagement:  Craig Newmark Philanthropies, created by the Craigslist founder, works to advance grassroots organizations that are “getting stuff done” in: trustworthy journalism and the information ecosystem, voter protection, gender diversity in technology, and veterans and military families. Online applications may be submitted at any time.

Coronavirus IRS Tax Relief
The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help businesses and others affected by the coronavirus. The site has online resources to help taxpayers, guidance, frequently asked questions, and more.

Bank of America Announces Additional Support for Small Business Clients Experiencing Hardship from Impact of Coronavirus
Bank of America announced additional support for small business clients, in response to the unprecedented challenges of the coronavirus, through its Client Assistance Program.

Florida Department of Economic Opprtunity Short Time Compensation Program for Employers
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has a Short Time Compensation program available to help small businesses continue to pay workers even with reduced work hours. Application information, eligibility, and program goals are listed on their website.

SBA Disaster Assistance Loans
Provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses recover from declared disasters. Businesses can apply for loans online through a 3-step loan process.

COLLABORATORY CHATS

Join us here every Monday, Wednesday and Friday evening for Collaboratory Chats, short videos from our Foundation team on tips to help during our new work world, information to help keep us informed and safe as we navigate new ways of serving our community.

Collaboratory Chats
Love, Support & Resources, but….
Where’s the Money?

In this episode our President & CEO Sarah Owen shares the latest on the SWFL Emergency Relief Fund and how we can help with the newly passed stimulus package. More info is here.

Collaboratory Chats
CYBERSECURITY

Being safe is more than just following CDC rules to avoid the COVID-19, it’s also important in the cyber sense. In this episode of #CollaboratoryChats, we hear from our friends Cigent with tips on keeping safe while working remotely at home and a free offer for 6 months free of protection (go to www.cigent.com)

Collaboratory Chats
CENSUS

There’s something you can do RIGHT NOW to help your community. This episode comes to us from a community advocate who wants to get our community mobilized to help everyone in Southwest Florida in the near future. Take the census!

Collaboratory Chats
FLASH POLL

To understand the immediate needs of our community, we need your input! On behalf of our regional partners, please share your organization’s needs so we can get information on our Southwest Florida community. The more information, the better.

Collaboratory Chats
FIGHTING FEAR

Here are some tactics to fight fear and gain gratitude brought to us by the Ingenuity Lab. In this episode we hear from Dr. Dave Fleming “Don’t Let Fear Rule the Day.” Tune in for a quick reset.

Collaboratory Chats
CONNECTEDNESS

In this first episode our President & CEO Sarah Owen stresses connectivity. The Southwest Florida Community Foundation wants to offer resources and support to our nonprofit partners, local entrepreneurs, small businesses. Tune in to social media and our Resources page on our website every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7:30 p.m. Be well, stay well!

FACEBOOK GROUP

Join the Collaboratory COVID-19 Group

FLASH POLL & RESULTS

TAKE THE POLL!
To understand the immediate needs of our community, please take this flash poll. And please share the link with others in the Southwest Florida community. Stay safe.

PRACTICING MINDFULNESS

Now more than ever, we need to keep our bodies, hearts and our minds healthy and strong, that’s why we wanted to share some of our team’s favorite practicies with you. Check back often as we are finding new tips and ideas every day.

 

What’s the Best Way to Beat the Challenge of this Pandemic?
by Tony Nader, M.D., Ph.D., M.A.R.R.,
Saturday, March 28, 2020, 1:30 pm EDT
Connect to Facebook Live, watch the replay any time after the live event,
or connect without a Facebook account.  

Special Meditation Led by Dave Fleming  

Don’t Let Fear Rule the Day by Dave Fleming  

How to Practice Self-Care During Coronavirus

Transcendental Meditation for your Well-being

Cuomo interviewing Deepak Chopra about Mental Hygiene to keep coronavirus fears from affecting your mental health

GOOD PRACTICES AND TIPS FOR FUNDRAISING

This resource page and links are based on aggregate data we received, which we are sharing with you as a convenience and for informational purposes only for organizational operations and our Southwest Florida community. We will attempt to update this information regularly. For health-related information, please contact your local, state and federal health and government officials.