S.C. non-profits requested $76 million in SC CARES Act relief
Nearly 1,600 applications submitted
Gov. Henry McMaster and the South Carolina Dept. of Administration (Admin) announced late yesterday that 11,217 applications were received for the SC CARES Act grant programs for the Minority and Small Business Relief Grant Program and the Nonprofit Relief Grant Program.
These programs award grant funds to small and minority businesses and nonprofit organizations to reimburse qualifying expenditures for providing services or for revenue loss due to COVID-19.
Beginning on October 16
, Governor McMaster, Admin, and other state leaders held events in Columbia, Rock Hill, Charleston, Greer, and Myrtle Beach to raise awareness of the program and encourage business owners to apply for the program.
“Small businesses are the cornerstone of our state’s economy and they were hit hard by the pandemic,” said Gov. Henry McMaster. “We knew we had to quickly get them the help they need through an easily-accessible program, and I’m happy to say that the results have exceeded our expectations.”
of 2020 allocated $40 million for the Minority and Small Business Program, with grant awards ranging from $2,500-$25,000. The total number of application submissions for the Minority and Small Business program was 9,627
, with a total requested amount of $213,297,112.30
Act 154 allocated $25 million for the Nonprofit Program, with grant awards ranging from $2,500-$50,000. The total number of application submissions for the Nonprofit program was 1,590
with a total requested amount of $75,980,037.43
In early December, applicants will receive a notification indicating grant approval and the dollar amount of the grant. Grant awards will be issued to qualifying grant recipients by mid-December.
If other CARES Act funds are not utilized, both the Nonprofit and Minority and Small Business Grant funds are eligible to be replenished and additional grants may be distributed at a later date.
In accordance with Act 154, applications for the Minority and Small Business Relief Grant Program
will be evaluated and awarded by a panel consisting of:
- the director of the Commission for Minority Affairs, or her designee;
- the Secretary of Commerce, or his designee; and
- the director of the Department of Revenue, or his designee.
Act 154 further provides that priority must be given to minority businesses, to applicants that did not receive other assistance, such as a Paycheck Protection Program loan or other CARES funds, to businesses with fifteen or fewer employees, and to businesses that demonstrate the greatest financial need.
Applications for the Nonprofit Relief Grant Program
will be evaluated and awarded by a panel consisting of:
- the director of the Department of Social Services, or his designee;
- the director of the Department of Mental Health, or his designee;
- the director of the Department of Consumer Affairs, or her designee;
- the director of the Department of Health and Human Services, or his designee;
- the director of the Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services, or her designee;
- the Secretary of State, or his designee;
- the director of the South Carolina Arts Commission, or his designee;
- the director of the Department of Archives and History, or his designee; and
- the executive director of the South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority, or her designee.
For the Nonprofit Relief Grant Program, priority must be given to applicants that did not receive other assistance, such as a Paycheck Protection Program loan or other CARES funds. Then, priority shall be given to applications for expenditures related to food assistance, including prepared meals, rent or mortgage assistance, utilities assistance, mental health counseling, health care services, including access to health care supplies, mental health, and behavioral health, criminal domestic violence and children’s advocacy services, and arts and cultural items or activities
. Additionally, the panel will give consideration to the geographic distribution of services provided by the nonprofit organizations, so that grants are awarded on a statewide basis.
Recovering from Hurricane Matthew: resources for arts and culture nonprofits
Private nonprofits have 30 days from the disaster date to apply for FEMA assistance.
FEMA has provided this information to help cultural institutions, arts organizations, and historical sites navigate the road to recovery after Hurricane Matthew.
- Proof of ownership
- Proof of legal responsibility to repair the facility
- Insurance policy
- There are two overarching types, or categories, of work – Emergency Work and Permanent Work. All private nonprofits in affected counties are eligible to apply for Emergency Work, which includes debris removal and emergency protective measures.
- Cultural institutions are considered non-critical PNPs. Non-critical PNPs may apply for Permanent Work in certain affected counties; check with your County Emergency Manager at http://www.scemd.org/who-we-are/county-agencies. Permanent work can address the following (this list is not inclusive):
- Your building/facility – damage to the structure/envelope itself
- The materials, equipment, and exhibition furnishings associated with the storage, display, preservation, or exhibition of collections and individual objects. This would include HVAC systems and fire suppression systems.
- Collections and individual objects, including records and archives of the organization
- To apply for Permanent Work, non-critical PNPs must apply to the Small Business Administration (SBA) to obtain a low-interest loan. You will go through the SBA process and either accept a loan or be denied a loan. Public Assistance (PA) will continue to work with you to identify damages. PA may be able to provide financial assistance if the damages are beyond the accepted amount of the SBA loan.
for information about applying for SBA disaster assistance.
If the SBA approves a loan and you don’t want to accept it, PA will offset the amount of the loan on the damage claims but would look to reimburse for eligible costs over the loan amount.
If you are denied an SBA loan, then PA would work with you to reimburse eligible Permanent Work expenses.
- In short, affected PNPs should take the following actions as soon as possible:
- First and foremost, apply for FEMA assistance by submitting the RPA form (see URL above) by the deadline. This will essentially get you “into the pipeline.” The deadline varies based on your county; check with your County Emergency Manager. Once you submit the RPA, you can decide not to go ahead with the process, or you can go through the process and then decide not to accept any funds. But if you don’t apply by the deadline, you won’t be eligible to receive any funding through the Public Assistance Program.
- Apply for a disaster loan from the SBA. The sooner you do, the faster your federal disaster assistance can be processed.
- Be on the lookout for the Applicant Briefing date(s) in your county, meetings held by the State at which the PA process is explained. Consult your County Emergency Manager for the date(s).
For more information, go to the South Carolina Emergency Management Division Public Assistance page, http://www.scemd.org/recovery-section/pa
McClellanville Arts Council searching for new director
The McClellanville Arts Council, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit, seeks a dynamic, experienced individual familiar with nonprofit practices and policies to serve as the director of the organization.
The director serves as the organization’s primary contact with artists, writers, local schools, and other organizations. He or she is responsible for daily operations of the Arts Center and for the long-term development and execution of the MAC’s mission statement, strategic planning, and policies.
This job requires working with the board of directors, interacting with prospective donors, collaborating with other organizations, communicating in a sometimes high-profile multi-cultural environment, and fostering community involvement. The ideal candidate would be a visionary leader with strong skills in consensus building, fundraising, and grant writing.
Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated skills and/or experience in organizational, financial, and project management; grant writing and grant/contract reporting management; direct fundraising; and nonprofit arts management, including gallery operations and programming. Competence with computers and applications, including QuickBooks and social media, is very important. So is a sense of humor.
The mission of the McClellanville Arts Council is to enhance the quality of life in the Sewee to Santee area of Charleston County, S.C., through arts and educational programming, and to record, preserve, and publicize the unique culture of McClellanville and the surrounding communities. For more information about the organization, visit the website. No phone calls, please.
Please e-mail your resume and three references to firstname.lastname@example.org, by May 1, 2014.
Via: McClellanville Arts Council
Underdeveloped: the challenges facing nonprofit fundraising
The newly released study UnderDeveloped: A National Study of Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising reveals that many nonprofits are stuck in a vicious cycle that threatens their ability to raise the resources they need to succeed. A joint project of CompassPoint and the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, the report found high levels of turnover and lengthy vacancies in development director positions throughout the sector. More significantly, the study reveals deeper issues that contribute to instability in the development director role, including a lack of basic fundraising systems and inadequate attention to fund development among key board and staff leaders.
- Insufficient amount of qualified candidates for development director jobs
- Inadequate organizational capacity to carry out fundraising activities
- Lack of shared responsibility for fund development among key board and staff leaders at many organizations
The report issues 10 calls to action, including leveraging new technology tools, embracing and valuing fund development, and training boards differently to cultivate a culture of philanthropy.
Download the full report