COVID-19: Resources and MAPC’s Response

COVID-19 Resources

MAPC is committed to helping local officials and other allies and stakeholders address their needs, and we are encouraging a statewide, coordinated response to this virus. MAPC stands ready to assist your community and the region during this time. This is a challenging, unprecedented situation for all of us, but we can make it easier by supporting each other, sharing resources, and continuing to collaborate.

For the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 in Massachusetts, visit the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's COVID-19 Resources page.

Statements from MAPC on COVID-19

MAPC is sharing new resources, news, and important information on social distancing on social media. Follow and share on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

What MAPC is Doing

What is MAPC working on in relation to COVID-19?

Municipal Collaboration on COVID-19

MAPC is providing resources to and facilitating conversations among municipal leaders from across the state. We are sharing best practices, resources, templates, and information on how to keep residents safe, healthy, and informed while keeping city and town governments running. We are connecting with Baker Administration officials and assertively communicating municipal needs. We are also focused on helping cities and towns keep the needs of vulnerable groups front and center in the conversation.

If you are a mayor, city or town manager, or their designee and you wish to join this group, please contact Lizzi Weyant, MAPC Director of Government Affairs at eweyant@mapc.org and we will immediately place you in the group, add you to the video call group, and direct you to the resources we have online.

  • March 30 Update: On Sunday, March 29, 120 local officials heard from an epidemiologist monitoring the progress of COVID-19. Officials have been strategizing about topics such as addressing the needs of the homeless population, encouraging social distancing among young people, and pushing for legislation to lower the Town Meeting quorum requirement and to allow virtual Town Meetings.
  • March 19 Update: Our group has swelled to include 190 people representing 120 municipalities. Municipal leaders have heard from experts on the progression of the virus, shared resources for common decisions like school closing and declaring public health emergencies, and connected with administration officials.
Emergency Assistance
Research: The COVID-19 Layoff Housing Gap
Homelessness Issues
Impact on the Arts Community
Continued Planning Assistance
Gathering Resources

Small Business Resources

MAPC is currently compiling a list of national, state, regional, and local resources for our communities. As we learn more about additional programs, we will be sure to include them in this list.

If you have any additional resources, or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Chief of Economic Development Betsy Cowan at bcowan@mapc.org.

Financial Assistance Programs

SBA Financial Assistance

The MA Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and Baker-Polito Administration are working closely with the U.S. SBA to activate the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program which would provide assistance to eligible businesses and non-profits impacted by COVID-19.

  • The first step in this process is to meet a minimum threshold of affected businesses within MA.
  • Affected small businesses and non-profits should download, complete, and submit the SBA EIDL Worksheet (https://lnkd.in/ewF7VBy ) and Instructions to expedite activation of the EIDL program.
  • Completed forms can be submitted by email to Disaster.Recovery@mass.gov or by fax to (508) 820-1401.  If you do fax the form, please include your email. Please note, this initial survey form is not an SBA loan application.
  • When the EIDL program is activated, you will be contacted to apply directly to the SBA and this website will be updated with application details. For questions, please contact Disaster.Recovery@mass.gov
  • About the EIDL program: EIDLs provide small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses until normal operations resume.

MA Small Business Loan Recovery Fund

The $10 million Small Business Recovery Loan Fund will provide emergency capital up to $75,000 to Massachusetts-based businesses impacted by COVID-19 with under 50 full- and part-time employees, including nonprofits. Loans are immediately available to eligible businesses with no payments due for the first 6 months. Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC) has capitalized the fund and will administer it.

MA Workshare Program

The WorkShare program is an alternative for employers faced with a cut in workforce. Employers can divide available work between affected employees instead of laying off workers. It allows employees to receive a part of their unemployment insurance (UI) benefits while working reduced hours.

Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act: Information about the major programs and initiatives available from the Small Business Administration (SBA), including for 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations with fewer than 500 employees

Loans Available for Nonprofits in the CARES Act: Guidance from the National Council of Nonprofits

Resources for Individuals, Artists, Freelancers, Independent Contractors, and Gig Workers

MAPC's Arts & Culture team is compiling resources for freelancers in response to COVID-19, with a focus on resources for artists and cultural workers.

If you have any questions, please contact Arts & Culture Director Jenn Erickson at jerickson@mapc.org.

State and Local Relief Funds

Mass Cultural Council Relief Fund for Individuals (proposed)

City of Boston Artist Relief Fund

Cambridge Artist Relief Fund

Essex County Community Foundation Artist Fund

Boston Music Makers COVID-19 Fund

Boston Singers Resource

Passim Emergency Artist Relief Fund: Grants up to $500 per individual for artists who have performed a show for Passim or taught at the School of Music in the last 10 years

Boston Dance Alliance

 

National Relief Funds

Art Leaders of Color Emergency Fund:

New York Foundation for the Arts: Comprehensive listing of emergency funds for artists, categorized by discipline

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE

Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance: Daily town hall meetings and Q&A sessions on how to file an unemployment claim

National Employment Law Project fact sheet: details unemployment provisions in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, including Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), which covers 1099 workers

AFL-CIO graphic: explains how 1099 workers and others can access unemployment insurance benefits

ARTS ADVOCACY AND ECONOMIC IMPACT RESOURCES

Mass Creative Advocacy

Americans for the Arts (AFTA) Coronavirus Impact Survey

Americans for the Arts Action Fund: Learn more about opportunities to participate in national advocacy efforts for the arts sector

Webinar: Friday, April 3, 2020, 1:00 PM ET: The 411 on the CARES Act Support for Small Businesses and Nonprofits

Webinar: Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 6:00 PM ET: Coping with COVID: Financial Implications for Creative Individuals

Webinar: Wednesday, April 8, 2020, 3:00 PM ET: How the CARES Act Supports the Arts Sector

 

GENERAL INFORMATION FOR ARTISTS and CULTURAL WORKERS

Philanthropy Massachusetts

Americans for the Arts Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource and Response Center

National Endowment for the Arts COVID-19 Resources for Artists and Arts Organizations: Guide to frequently updated news and resources for artists and arts organizations

Pro bono consulting for arts and culture organizations: The DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland will offer pro bono consultations to any U.S.-based non-profit arts or culture organization between March and June 2020, as a response to the mounting effects of the Coronavirus pandemic

External Resources

Need Assistance?

MAPC is fully open for business on a virtual basis, and we are ready to help cities and towns that are struggling with emergency management or coordinating a municipal response to COVID-19. Reach out if your municipality is struggling with staff capacity: we can provide expertise and ease the pressure on small or overwhelmed municipal governments.

If you need assistance with:

Municipal governance; maintenance of operations; or remote governance issues

Contact Mark Fine, Director of Municipal Collaboration, at mfine@mapc.org.

Public safety and security; emergency management

Contact Amy Reilly, Assistant Director of Municipal Collaboration, at areilly@mapc.org.

Public health issues; direct response to COVID-19

Contact Barry Keppard, Director of Public Health, at bkeppard@mapc.org.

Land use planning; environmental or transportation issues

Contact Mark Racicot, Director of Land Use Planning at mracicot@mapc.org.