Relief grants now available for arts and cultural nonprofits Dear Colleague, Yesterday, the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) in coordination with the Washington State Department of Commerce opened applications for CARES Relief funding grants for arts and culture nonprofits. Nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, including tribal organizations, and fiscally sponsored groups impacted by COVID-19 are eligible to apply for grants of up to $10,000 for general operating support. No funding match is required. The deadline to apply is October 23. The application takes an estimated 30 minutes to complete. “The creative sector is an important part of Washington’s economy that’s […]
Youth development funding opportunity and paid family leave update Dear Colleague, September 23 marks six months since Gov. Inslee issued a stay-home order to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Washington. In six months, we’ve adjusted to wearing masks and social distancing. We’ve hosted work meetings and birthday parties online. We’ve completed home improvement projects, come together for outdoor picnics, and cheered for healthcare workers from our front porches. We’ve grieved the loss of loved ones, jobs, homes, and canceled plans. We’ve found new ways to support each other and our communities through this crisis — and you’ve led the […]
Update regarding CARES Act funding for nonprofits Dear Colleague, Washington Nonprofits, working alongside our partners, has consistently urged elected leaders at the federal, state, and county levels to include nonprofits in COVID-19 relief and recovery planning and funding. Most recently, we sent a letter to all county commissioners and county executives in Washington encouraging them to include nonprofits in the distribution of $126 million recently allocated from the state. Nonprofits across Washington are suffering financially due to reduced revenues, closures, increased operating costs, and increased demand for services. Our state is investing federal CARES Act funding for COVID-19 relief in […]
Nonprofits should never have to play tax collectors when raising funds to support their vital work. Thanks to the efforts of Washington Nonprofits and our partners, donors will not have to pay sales tax on auction items and raffle prizes at nonprofit fundraisers. We worked hard last legislative session to make sure The Nonprofit and Library Fundraiser Tax Exemption is permanent and officially part of the Washington Administrative Code. A special thank you to everyone who helped us to advocate for this important change in the final days of session. Your efforts made all the difference!
Join our Tweet Storm Tomorrow to tell lawmakers that nonprofits are vital Dear Colleague, Congress is actively negotiating the next COVID-19 relief package. We need to speak up for nonprofits. Tell lawmakers that nonprofits are vital to surviving the current crisis and recovering. COVID-19 represents a public health crisis but it is so much more than that. Washington is facing an economic crisis, a housing and homelessness crisis, a food crisis, a community mental health crisis, and more. Every one of our communities are supported by nonprofits. Our families, our neighbors, and so many more will need help as we […]
Urge Congress to support nonprofits with your organization’s voice. Dear Colleague, We expect Congress to pass its last piece of COVID-19 legislation this month. Help us to urge the House and Senate to include nonprofit policy solutions in the final package. Help ensure that federal lawmakers insert these bipartisan solutions in the legislation by signing your organization’s name onto the new Nonprofit Community Letter to congressional leaders. READ THE NEW NONPROFIT LETTER(Deadline for signing is Friday, July 10, 2020, organizations only) The CARES Act, enacted by Congress in March, extended economic relief programs to some nonprofits, but the law fell […]