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More than 1,000 nonprofits signed the letter to California's leaders calling for urgent measures to support nonprofits and the work we do. Now we are working to demonstrate to state leaders where and how nonprofits are struggling to provide important services and to make payroll because their government contracts are being treated without flexibility and inconsistently from one agency to another.

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 Updated April 2, 2020

We know that in a crisis nonprofits step up to advocate for, and serve, our communities. In our efforts to support nonprofits and their staff, we have compiled this list of resources. It is by no means comprehensive, but we will update it as new resources come to our attention.

Resources List (click the links below to skip to each section)

CalNonprofits Advocacy and Support
COVID-19 related funding opportunities
Federal resources and Information
California announcements and resources
Employer and employee resources
Resources for individuals

CalNonprofits advocacy and support

COVID-19 related funding opportunities

FAQThere are increasingly good resources for how nonprofits can access federal funds and other federal-level resources, from organizations such as the National Council of NonprofitsNonprofit Quarterly, and field-based organizations like Americans for the Arts. We have started collecting them on our own resources page, but we’ve been getting similar questions from so many California nonprofits that we want to offer a few responses to what we see as the Top Five Questions for nonprofits right now.

1. How do we access emergency government dollars for nonprofits to cover payroll and other “overhead” expenses?

Federal: The new CARES Act includes several provisions that will result in funding for nonprofits, in addition to the expanded Small Business Administration loan programs described below. You can find an analysis of the CARES Act here. The Act provides $150B for a state, tribal, and local government Coronavirus Relief Fund. Some of those dollars (some sources estimate $15B) will come to California, although we do not know yet how those funds will be distributed.

CalNonprofits will be advocating at the state level to ensure that nonprofits get a significant portion. (We have already begun gathering data to estimate the economic impact of COVID-19 on California nonprofits.) Nonprofits may also be able to benefit from the Industry Stability Fund included in the Act, but it is currently unclear whether we qualify. Our national nonprofit advocacy groups are pushing hard to get nonprofits included and will update us with new information as they have it, which we will share with you.

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