For Nonprofits Impacted by COVID-19

FOR NONPROFITS IMPACTED BY COVID-19

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UPDATE: 1/12 - Mayor Breed announces new $62 million relief plan for small businesses

 

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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 nonprofits and workers as possible. Check back for updates.
 

 

 


FEDERAL RELIEF * NEW *

New federal legislation signed into law on December 27, 2020 provides new COVID-19 relief funding for small businesses. This section will be updated as details are finalized.

 

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) * REOPENING SOON *

$284 Billion has been added to the PPP loan program, expanding eligibility, making loan forgiveness easier, and allowing previous PPP recipients to obtain a second PPP loan. To read a summary of the new loan terms, click here.

Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)

$20 Billion has been added to the EIDL Advance grants program, which provides additional funding for eligible entities in low-income communities.

Save Our Stages Grant Program * NEW *

$15 Billion in grants will be available to support live entertainment venues. Eligible businesses include live entertainment venues and promoters, movie theaters, museums, performing arts organizations, and talent representatives. Applications are not yet available. Check back here for updates.
 

 

 

 

 

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Are you acquiring real estate, renewing a lease, or relocating? * NEW *

The City has allocated $3.1M to the Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative to support one-time expenses for eligible nonprofit acquisition, relocation, construction, and renovation projects. The deadline to apply is 12 PM on Friday, January 29, 2021.

 

Up to $3.1 million is available to fund:

Grants up to $1 million for commercial real estate acquisitions or 55-year+ leases

Grants up to $250,000 for construction on commercial spaces in 100% affordable housing developments

Grants up to $75,000 for relocation and/or renovation costs in spaces with leases three years or longer; up to $10,000 additional available for eligible safe reopening expenses

Technical assistance (TA) to support real estate readiness and financial planning

 

Eligibility

Must have a 501(c)3 tax exemption or be fiscally-sponsored by a tax-exempt nonprofit organization

Must be located in San Francisco County

Must be deeply-rooted in historically underserved community(ies)

Must have a two-year track record of providing services to San Francisco residents

Must have site control (letter of intent, fully-executed lease, or purchase and sale agreement)

Must be able to attract additional resources and support for the project outside of this grant

 

Apply

Learn more and apply at Community Vision CA


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Do you need help paying for your Shared Space improvements?

The Shared Spaces program has launched the Shared Spaces Equity Grants to offer grants up to $5K for small businesses and groups that hold permits through the Shared Spaces program. The program offers reimbursement for costs including movable furniture, fixtures, and barriers, as well as for technical assistance, site monitoring, and other expenses related to Shared Spaces.
 

SF Shines for Reopening Eligibility

Open to nonprofit and for-profit businesses with a Shared Spaces Permit

 

Apply

Learn more and apply here

 

Need Help?

Email sharedspaces@sfgov.org

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Do you need help paying for changes and upgrades to your storefront to reopen and operate safely?
OEWD has relaunched the SF Shines Program for reopening to offer grants up to $5K for small businesses. The program offers reimbursement for costs to operate safely, including furniture, fixtures, and barriers. Grantees can also access professional design services to help reconfigure interior and exterior layouts.



SF Shines for Reopening Eligibility

Open to nonprofit and for-profit businesses with an SF license or permit, operating from a storefront and open to the public

Less than 2.5M in gross receipts

Grants are available for past, current, or future physical improvements for health and safety due to COVID-19

 

Apply
Learn more and apply here

Need Help?
Email
sfshines@sfgov.org

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Do you own a nonprofit that has yearly gross revenue of $2.5 million or less? * NEW *

The State of California has established a COVID-19 Relief Grant Program to offer grants up to $25K for small businesses impacted by COVID-19 health and safety restrictions such as business interruptions or business closures. Grant amounts vary based on the applicants' annual revenue as documented in their most recent tax return.

 

CA Relief Grant Eligibility

Active businesses or nonprofits operating since at least June 1, 2019, and must be able to provide documentation

Less than 2.5M in gross revenue based on 2018 or 2019 tax returns

Business must be impacted by COVID-19 and the health and safety restrictions such as business interruptions or business closures incurred 

Businesses must currently be operating or have a clear plan to reopen once the State of California permits re-opening of the business

 

Apply * OPENING DECEMBER 30 *

Learn more. Applications will be made available by partner organizations. You can find a partner in San Francisco or by language

 

Round 1 Key Dates

Application Opens

December 30, 2020 at 8:00 AM

Application Closes

January 8, 2021 at 11:59 PM

Start of Approval Notifications

January 13, 2021

 

Need Help?

Register for a webinar or see answers to Frequently Asked Questions


Webinars occur at 11 AM daily:

  • Dec 23, 24, 27, Jan 1 - English
  • Dec 26 - English/Spanish
  • Dec 28 - English/Armenian
  • Dec 29 - English/Mandarin
  • Dec 30 - English/Tagalog
  • Dec 31 - English/Farsi
  • Jan 2 - English/Vietnamese
  • Jan 3 - English/Korean
  • Jan 4 - English/Arabic

 

Do you own a business in the live entertainment industry? * NEW *

The Save Our Stages grant program will provide grants to support live entertainment, theatrical, and other arts and culture businesses.

 

Save Our Stages Grant Eligibility

Live entertainment venues, live entertainment promoters, performing arts organizations, museum operators, movie theater operators, and talent representatives

Demonstrate a loss of 25% of gross receipts in any quarter
Must not be a large operator including publicly traded corporations, businesses with locations in 2 or more countries or 10 or more states, or 500 or more employees

Grant amounts may be up to 45% of gross revenue earned during 2019, or $10 million

 

Apply * OPENING SOON *

Applications are not yet available. Small employers and businesses experiencing the largest percentage decline in revenue will be prioritized. Supplemental grants will be available starting in April. 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

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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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.

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

The Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) is the federal SBA's disaster loan. It offers SF businesses, nonprofits, certain self-employed, sole proprietors, and independent contractors loans up to $2M with interest rates of 3.75% (2.75% for nonprofits). Loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills. No personal guarantee required for loans $200,000 and under. On December 27, 2020, new funds were added to the EIDL Advance Grant program. SBA has resumed processing applications on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

 

EIDL Eligibility

Suffered substantial economic impact
Business and nonprofits with fewer than 500 employees
Certain self-employed, sole proprietors, and independent contractors are eligible
You do not need to prove you cannot get credit elsewhere

 

Apply

The SBA is accepting new applications. NOTE: You can check your status by logging into your account.
Apply online.


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 one of these San Francisco-based Technical Assistance Centers:

    SF Small Business Development Center (415) 937-7232

    Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center (415) 541-8580

    Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) (415) 282-3334

    Southeast Asian Community Center (SEACC) (415) 885-2743

 

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Are you waiting to hear back about your EIDL loan?

The SBA Express Bridge Loan allows small businesses that currently have an existing business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 with less paperwork. If you have an urgent need for cash while waiting for a decision and disbursement on an EIDL loan, contact your business' bank to see if you qualify.
 

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Payment Protection Program (PPP)

This program will reopen with upcoming federal legislation. Check back for updates.
 

PPP Eligibility

Small businesses and nonprofits with 300 or fewer employees that were in operation before February 15, 2020
Certain self-employed, sole-proprietors, and independent contractors
Demonstrate a loss of 25% of gross receipts in any quarter
No collateral or personal guarantees are required
Loan size is based on your typical pre-COVID-19 monthly payroll times 2.5, not to exceed $10M. Accommodations and Food Services may receive a loan amount up to 3.5 times their pre-COVID-19 monthly payroll.

 

Apply * REOPENING SOON *
New funds were committed on December 27, 2020. Applications are not yet open, but the process for applying will still require you to seek out a qualified lender to determine eligibility and apply. Check back here for updates.


Need Help?

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

Or contact one of these San Francisco-based Technical Assistance Centers:

Score 415-764-4964

Small Business Development Center 415-937-7232

Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center 415-541-8580

Berkeley Center for Law and Business sign up 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