For Nonprofits Impacted by COVID-19

FOR NONPROFITS IMPACTED BY COVID-19

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UPDATE: 7/29 - San Francisco expands outreach and support to Latino community heavily impacted by COVID-19
 

NEW PROGRAM: 5/27 - City announces new Right to Recover program to help low-income wage-earners who contract COVID-19

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We're glad you found us - helping SF nonprofits impacted by COVID-19 is our top priority. Read below to learn about city, state and federal resources. This page is updated daily.

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FINANCIAL RESOURCES
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The City is making resources available to help sustain as many SF businesses and workers as possible. Check back for updates.
 

 

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Are you an artist or arts organization? * CLOSED *

The City has allocated $1.5M to the SF Arts & Artist Relief Fund for grants to individual artists up to $2,000 (to use as they see fit), and for arts organizations up to $25,000 to pay rent, salaries, and to help artists stay in San Francisco. Eligible organizations include 501c3 nonprofits, fiscally sponsored organizations, collectives and mutual aid societies of artists, artist cooperatives, cultural land trusts, etc. The deadline to apply for organizations was April 15, 2020 and May 15, 2020 for individuals.

 

Eligibility
Individuals (artist, teaching artist, cultural producer, etc.):

Must be a full-time resident of San Francisco
Must not be eligible for, or currently on unemployment



Are you an artist or arts organization? * CLOSED *

The City has allocated $1.5M to the SF Arts & Artist Relief Fund for grants to individual artists up to $2,000 (to use as they see fit), and for arts organizations up to $25,000 to pay rent, salaries, and to help artists stay in San Francisco. Eligible organizations include 501c3 nonprofits, fiscally sponsored organizations, collectives and mutual aid societies of artists, artist cooperatives, cultural land trusts, etc. The deadline to apply for organizations was April 15, 2020 and May 15, 2020 for individuals.

 

Eligibility
Individuals (artist, teaching artist, cultural producer, etc.):

Must be a full-time resident of San Francisco
Must not be eligible for, or currently on unemployment

Organizations:

The annual operating budget may not exceed $2M
Must conduct primary business in San Francisco
Cultural Centers operating in City-owned buildings are ineligible

 

Apply

Learn more at the Center for Cultural Innovation Relief Fund and apply here.

 

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Want to access the federal SBA Payment Protection Program (PPP) to keep your employees on the payroll? * TERMS UPDATED *

The PPP provides nonprofits with loans up to $10M at 1% interest. Funds can be used to pay payroll costs (including benefits), interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities. On June 5, 2020, new federal legislation updated the terms of this program. The loan will now be fully forgiven as long as 60% of the funds are used to cover payroll costs over a 24 week period after the loan is made.
 

Eligibility

Nonprofits with 500 or fewer employees

No collateral or personal guarantees are required


Apply
New funds were added on April 24, 2020. For those who missed the opportunity to apply for the PPP previously, seek out a qualified lender to determine eligibility and apply. For those who already applied but did not receive funding, check with your lender to confirm they will continue to process your application. Download your application here. Submit your application (and required documentation) to a participating lender. Additional information for borrowers can be found here.


Need Help?

Find local assistance

SBA Customer Service: 1-800-659-2955 or answerdesk@sba.gov

Or contact these San Francisco-based Technical Assistance Centers:

Score (415) 764-4964
Berkeley Center for Law and Business sign up here

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Interested in a low-interest federal SBA Disaster Loan up to $2M? * REOPENED *

The Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) is the federal SBA's disaster loan. It offers SF nonprofits loans up to $2M with interest rates of 2.75%. Loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills. No personal guarantee required for loans $200,000 and under. New federal action (CARES Act) now provides a loan advance of up to $10,000 on the EIDL which can be received within three days of application (through Dec. 31, 2020), and will not have to be repaid. On April 24, 2020, new funds were added to this program. SBA has resumed processing applications on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

EIDL Eligibility

Suffered substantial economic impact
Nonprofits with fewer than 500 employees
You do not need to prove you cannot get credit elsewhere * UPDATED 3/30

 

Apply * REOPENED *

The SBA is now accepting new applications. NOTE: You can check your status by logging into your account.
Access the new EIDL online application. You can apply for both an EIDL loan and up to a $10,000 loan advance.
If you applied before 3/30, you will need to apply again for the new loan advance up to $10,000.

 


Need Help?

More information and FAQs can be found here.

Find local assistance

SBA Customer Service: 1-800-659-2955 or disastercustomerservice@sba.gov

Or contact these San Francisco-based Technical Assistance Centers:

Score (415) 764-4964
Berkeley Center for Law and Business sign up here

 

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Are you an Arts Organization? * NEW CITY PROGRAM *

The City has added $1M to the Arts Loan Fund (ALF) for loans up to $50,000 to small- to mid-sized arts organizations at a 2.5% interest rate. Contact Margaret Southerland at margaret@padmaconsulting.com or 415-567-5494 for more information. Applications are available here.

 

 

HOW TO HELP YOUR EMPLOYEES
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Interested in partnering with the City to pay your employees extra sick leave? * FUND LIMIT REACHED *

If you pay your SF employees for extra sick time, the City will reimburse you $15.59 per hour for extra sick leave up to 40 hours through its new Workers and Families First Program. Read Frequently Asked Questions here and our City’s step-by-step program guide, or call us at 415-554-6134​. As of April 5, 2020, this program is closed and we will begin processing reimbursements April 6, 2020. All businesses that apply going forward will be placed on a waitlist and contacted if funds become available. Apply for the waitlist.

For general information about San Francisco's Paid Sick Leave Ordinance in light of COVID-19, visit the Office of Labor Standards and Enforcement's guidance on COVID-19.

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Layoffs Alternatives

There are alternatives to layoffs that can help employers keep their employees when there is a lack of work or during financial hardship.

 

Do you want to keep your trained employees but still allow them to receive unemployment benefits?

The state’s Work Sharing Unemployment Insurance program allows for the payment of benefits to individuals whose wages and hours have been reduced. For more information, visit Work Sharing.

 

Have you had to temporarily lay off employees or reduce their hours but expect to rehire them? 

Partial claims are for employees whose employers want to keep them when there is a lack of work. Filing a Partial Claim allows employees to receive unemployment benefits without being required to look for a new job. For more information, visit Partial Claims.

 

Want to learn more about telecommuting?
Telecommuting can help your business continue operations while employees shelter in place. For more information, visit Resources for Managing Teleworkers.

 

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Tell your employees to visit our Resource Page for Employees Impacted by COVID-19

 


 

OTHER RELIEF YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT
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FEMA and Cal OES Public Assistance ━ AVAILABLE

Certain private nonprofit (PNP) organizations are eligible to apply for funding through FEMA's Public Assistance program. Please refer to the fact sheet to determine whether your organization is eligible and learn more about State and Federal resources available to nonprofits.

Continuance of City Nonprofit Contracts ━ GUARANTEED

The City will continue to pay nonprofits according to contracts even if their operations are affected. Learn more here.
 

Business Taxes & Licensing Fees ━ DEFERRED

The City is deferring business taxes due April 30, 2020 for businesses with up to $10M in gross receipts for nine months with no interest or penalties. The City is also deferring collection of annual small business license and permit fees for at least three months. For more information, visit this SF Treasurer & Tax Collector webpage.

State Payroll Taxes & Reports ━ EXTENDED
The California Employment Development Division (EDD) is granting a 60-day extension to file state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest for employers experiencing hardship from COVID-19. A written request for extension is required. For the most up-to-date information, visit
CA EDD’s COVID-19 resource page.

 

State Income Taxes ━ EXTENDED

California business and individual tax filers affected by COVID-19 now have an extra 60-90 days to file and pay state income taxes. For more information, visit the State’s Franchise Tax Board page.

Federal Income Taxes ━ EXTENDED

On March 21, 2020 the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced that the federal income tax filing due date is automatically extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020. For more information, visit the IRS COVID-19 page.

Commercial Evictions ━ PROHIBITED UNTIL 8/15

The City has ordered a moratorium prohibiting commercial evictions because of nonpayment due to COVID-19. This applies to any rent that was due from March 17, 2020 to August 15, 2020 and this may be extended. NOTE: This does not waive the obligation to pay this missed rent.

See the detailed guidance on the moratorium for tenants and landlords provided by OEWD, and our Real Estate Assistance section for additional help.

Commercial Lease Assistance ━ AVAILABLE

The City partners with the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights to help SF nonprofits who serve low-income communities and are at risk of displacement with lease review and negotiation and related services. Enroll here.

OEWD funds Community Vision to assist nonprofits at risk of displacement due to eviction or non-renewal of a lease. Learn more and schedule a call.
 

Property Tax Payment ━ DEFERRED
The City is deferring the due date for the second installment of property taxes to at least May 4, 2020 without penalty. If you're unable to pay by this date for reasons related to COVID-19, you can request a penalty waiver online (note: these waiver requests will not be accepted until after the property tax deadline). For more information, read the SF Treasurer & Tax Collector's statement.

 

Legal Assistance AVAILABLE
The Bar Association of SF offers free business law services to nonprofits through its Community Organization Representation Project. Enroll here.

California Lawyers for the Arts offers pro bono and low-cost legal advice to creatives, including arts nonprofits.


Water Shutoffs & Late Fees  ━ SUSPENDED

The City has suspended water shutoffs and late fees for at least 60 days during the local COVID-19 Emergency. For information, read the Mayor’s Press Release here.

 

Water & Sewer Bill Discount  ━ AVAILABLE * NEW *
Small businesses or nonprofits experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 may be eligible for a 20% reduction for six months on their water and sewer bill. The deadline to submit an application is December 31, 2020. However, SFPUC may cease taking applications earlier if funds are exhausted. For more information and to apply, go here.

PG&E Electricity Shutoffs ━ SUSPENDED

PG&E will not disconnect power due to non-payment until further notice and will offer flexible payment plans for those impacted by COVID-19. For more information, visit PG&E’s COVID-19 webpage.
 

Commercial Garbage Collection ━ SUSPENSION AVAILABLE

Recology is allowing businesses impacted by COVID-19 to suspend their service. Enroll here.
 

SFMTA Color Curb Renewal Late Fees ━ TEMPORARILY WAIVED

Businesses with white and/or green zones may receive renewal invoices from the Color Curb Program. Renewals for white and green zones are invoiced every two years. If your business is closed due to COVID-19, please email ccp@sfmta.com to postpone the renewal or revoke the zone. All late fees are temporarily waived. For more information, go here.

GENERAL INFORMATION & DOCUMENTS
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Use trusted resources to stay up-to-date with accurate COVID-19 information:

Philanthropy CA compiles COVID-19 grants and resources
SF Business Guidance during Shelter In Place orders
Check if your business is essential
Multilingual COVID-19 flyers, graphics, and fact sheets
Up-to-date state resources for businesses
California SBDC COVID-19 Small Business Survival Guide
California SBDC COVID-19 resources and FAQs
CDC COVID-19 Guidance for Businesses & Employers