COVID-19 Community Resource Guide

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The COVID-19 Community Resource Guide is intended to be a one-stop resource for nonprofits, businesses, and individuals in the community who have been affected by the Coronavirus outbreak. This page will be updated daily as we receive new information.

If you know about a resource or initiative in the community that isn’t listed below, please email news@cfsaz.org or call us at 520-209-2874.

Please see our Community Impact Calendar for upcoming webinars and virtual resources.

Learn about new charitable giving benefits from the CARES Act. We are all in this together!

 

How You Can Help

While the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak will continue to be felt in the months ahead, the following are ways you can respond today to support our community and those most affected by COVID-19.

Support CFSA’s COVID-10 Community Support Fund and/or the COVID-19 Event Relief Fund

CFSA established two funds to provide grants to local nonprofits affected by COVID-19. Grant applications opened Monday, March 30, 2020. Please click here to contribute to this critical effort.

Contact Your Favorite Nonprofit

According to a recent survey by the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, 80% of nonprofits have been affected by the pandemic. No category of nonprofits has been immune to the effects of COVID-19, whether it’s animal welfare, the arts, food assistance, or services for older adults.  The best way to provide immediate help is to contact your favorite nonprofit and ask about their current needs and priorities. With 40% of nonprofits seeing a reduction in volunteer assistance, immediate needs may include volunteers, in-kind donations of products or services, and direct cash gifts.

Turn Your Event Ticket Into A Donation

Numerous performances and fundraising events have been canceled throughout southern Arizona as a result of COVID-19. A great way to support an organization that had to cancel an event is to turn your purchased tickets into a donation rather than asking for a refund.

Friday Nights In with the Fox Theater. Proceeds from the Name Your Own Price virtual ticket support artist fees and the Fox Theatre Foundation.

Support Local Restaurants and Businesses

Check out Open for Businessa growing list of local restaurants open for takeout and delivery. The Arizona Daily Star launched this initiative specifically to support local restaurants.

Donate Needed Items to Organizations

Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse has an urgent need for in-kind items. Please find the full list of items here.

Support Local Funds

  • The United Way of Tucson and S outhern Arizona joined nonprofit partners, local foundations, businesses, media, and educational organizations to launch the United for Southern Arizona COVID-19 Fund to help those who need it most survive during this crisis.
  • The Arizona COVID-19 Community Response Fund was established by the Arizona Community Foundation, in partnership with a growing list of local corporations and foundations, to support nonprofit organizations across the state as they respond to the impact of COVID-19 within our community.

Help Pets During COVID-19

Click here for seven ways you can help Pima County pets during COVID-19.

Support Local Businesses

Support local companies and entrepreneurs by purchasing gift cards through the Tucson Shops Tucson platform.

Resources for Nonprofits

CARES Act: How to Apply for Nonprofit Relief Funds

Independent Sector teamed up with Washington Council Ernst & Young, a DC-based lobbying firm with deep expertise in the nonprofit sector, and Sheppard Mullin, a national full-service law firm with a dedicated Nonprofit Team to provide a resource on how the CARES Act will apply to your nonprofit and how to move forward filing for assistance. Click here for more.

Paycheck Protection Program

The Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) authorizes up to $349 billion in forgivable loans to small businesses (including nonprofits!!) to pay their employees during the COVID-19 crisis.  Your organization may receive up to two months of payroll costs plus 25%.  Applications open April 3, 2020, and the full amount is expected to be depleted rapidly.  We recommend you contact your bank today to to start the process.

Click here for a PPP Borrower Information Sheet  

Click here for a list of active SBA Lenders in Arizona

National Resources

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) (S. 748) provides significant funding for businesses, hospitals, schools, and social support programs, among many other things. Click here to read an initial analysis of the nearly 900-page bill by the National Council of Nonprofits.

Loans for Nonprofits

Community Investment Corporation (CIC) is offering loans through a nonprofit partnership with “enhanced community benefit” rates which can be as low as 1.5% depending upon qualification. Loan terms will be extended out to 5 years as needed.  CIC will also be offering a loan product with interest only payments for up to 6 months to allow small businesses to recover from the economic challenges caused by COVID-19. You can also contact Community Investment Corporation 520-529-1766 to learn more about their current loan offerings.

Growth Partners Arizona also offers affordable and flexible Nonprofit Loans . Traditionally, GPAz has supported 1) program expansion, 2) social enterprises, and 3) cash flow gaps while nonprofits await, for example: donations, membership/subscription fees, conclusion of major fundraising campaigns, grants or other reimbursements.

The CARES Act gives eligible nonprofits choices for securing cash needed to maintain staff and operations. Use this chart to decide which loan is right for your organization; this chart is regularly updated as resources become available so check back often.

Grant Opportunities through CFSA

The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona has established two funds to support our nonprofit partners during this difficult time.  Please click here to learn more and apply.

CFSA’s COVID-19 Community Support Fund

The COVID-19 Community Support Fund provides flexible resources to southern Arizona nonprofit organizations that are serving individuals and families impacted by this outbreak. The COVID-19 crisis will be felt throughout our community for months to come and this fund offers long-term assistance to those most affected.

The COVID-19 Community Support Fund is designed to complement other available resources and to expand our local capacity to address the needs of vulnerable populations disproportionately stressed by the outbreak.

Funds will be distributed to nonprofit organizations serving Arizona’s most vulnerable with a focus on providing basic human needs and access to healthcare to affected populations, including low-income individuals, residents without access to healthcare, older adults, health care workers, first responders, LGBTQ+ individuals, disabled residents and communities of color. Funds may be available for other populations and needs as they emerge.

CFSA’s COVID-19 Nonprofit Event Relief Fund

The COVID-19 virus has caused many nonprofit organizations in southern Arizona to cancel fundraising events this spring. These events provide essential financial support for nonprofits to deliver their mission throughout the year. The COVID-19 Nonprofit Event Relief Fund provides a one-time grant award to organizations that, due to COVID-19, have had to cancel critical fundraising events and programming, resulting in a significant hardship on the organization. This general operating support grant can replace lost revenue and non-recoverable expenses.

Additional Grant Opportunities

  • The Arizona COVID-19 Community Response Fund was established by the Arizona Community Foundation, in partnership with a growing list of local corporations and foundations, to support nonprofit organizations across the state as they respond to the impact of COVID-19 within our community.
  • The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona recently opened a new grant for artists and nonprofit art organizations affected by COVID-19. Click here for more information on the Pivot Grant.

Additional Resources

Resources for Small Businesses

Loans for Small Businesses

The U.S. Small Business Administration will offer small businesses impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19) up to $2 million in Economic Injury Disaster Loan Assistance (EIDL). Under the EIDL program, the SBA makes loans available to small businesses and private non-profit organizations in designated areas of a state or territory to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Business Development Finance Corporation, a nonprofit SBA Certified Development Company, is offering affordable working capital loans for small businesses impacted by COVID-19 through its SBA Community Advantage Loan Program.  Please contact BDFC at (520) 623-3377 ext. 128.

Community Investment Corporation (CIC) specializes in business microloans up to $10,000. All small businesses affected by COVID-19 will be offered CIC’s nonprofit partnership and “enhanced community benefit” rates which can be as low as 1.5% depending upon qualification. Loan terms will be extended out to 5 years as needed.  CIC will also be offering a loan product with interest-only payments for up to 6 months to allow small businesses to recover from the economic challenges caused by COVID-19. You can also contact Community Investment Corporation 520-529-1766 to learn more about their current loan offerings.

Growth Partners Arizona and the Community Investment Corporation (CIC), in partnership with Kiva, have brought Kiva Crowdfunded Loans to Arizona. These are no-interest, no-fee, community-backed business loans from $1,000 to $15,000 that are crowdfunded on Kiva’s worldwide online platform.

For borrowers who need larger loan amounts, Growth Partners Arizona, in collaboration with the Business Development Finance Corporation (BDFC), now offers Small Business Success Loans of $10,000-$75,000 to qualified small businesses for business growth and expansion, equipment, long-term working capital, tenant improvements, and consolidation of more expensive debt.

Additional Resources for Small Businesses

Resources for Individuals + Families

Jewish Federation Employee Financial Assistance Program is an interest-free loan program available to employees. The loans offered are up to $750.00. The loan is repaid through payroll deductions spread out over the agreed time period.

Stay up-to-date on local and state-wide updates compiled by Tucson Metro Chamber here.

Food & Basic Needs

  • Chicanos Por La Causa offers housing and rental assistance. Visit their website or call 520-882-0018 for more information.
  • The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona responds to causes of hunger in our community and is actively working to support those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Pima County Community Action Agency assists low-income individuals and families through the delivery of basic needs services and to advocate for low-income individuals. They can help with paying rent and utilities and can also help with health care needs like prescription medicines.
  • Interfaith Community Services (ICS) offers emergency financial assistance to all community members in need. It also has two permanent food banks and a mobile food pantry and provides essential services for senior and disabled adults (pre-registration is required) including transportation to the doctor or grocery store, shopping for seniors, mobile meals, and friendly phoning.
  • Find food assistance, help paying bills, and other free or reduced cost programs in our area on the findhelp.org.
  • Yuma Senior Living is offering a free lunch to seniors in need. The schedule a free delivery or pick up call 928-388-6846 or m email jthomas@yumaseniorliving.com. Please call between 8 am and 12 pm to schedule for the following day; meals are first come first served fort he first 30 people each day.
  • The Jewish Community has compiled resources for the Jewish community and all community members.
  • Homeowner mortgage forbearance resources are available with the Federal Housing Administration. Click here to learn more.

School-Aged Students

  • Starting March 23, 2020, Tucson Unified School District is offering free Grab-and-Go Mobilized Meals for youth 18 and under.  Meals will be available (1 per child present) on 12 bus routes stopping at 113 locations between 10 am and 1 pm, Monday through Friday. Each bus route will include stops at school bus bays and existing bus stops where free Grab-and-Go meals will be provided. For details visit www.tusd1.org/GrabAndGo.
  • Khan Academy, a nonprofit with the mission to provide free, world-class education, is offering  COVID-19 school closure resources including daily schedules for students ages 2-18 and remote learning resources.

Musicians, Artists, & Entertainment Workers

  • Benjamin Nisbet, Orchestra and Artistic Manager of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and a world-class musician, has created a Go Fund Me Tucson Musicians COVID19 Relief campaign to support his fellow working musicians here in Tucson who will be greatly impacted by this quarantine.
  • A variety of additional funding resources for artists are also available online at Creative Capital.
  • The Labor’s Community Service Agency has established a fund for Entertainment Workers (theaters, events, etc.).  Donations can be made by phone 602-263-5741 or by mailing to 3117 North 16th St. #100, Phoenix Arizona. They must be designated for the Entertainment Workers Relief Fund.
  • Click here for resources compiled by the Arizona Commission on the Arts.

Utilities & Other Resources

  • Cox Communications is offering a range of services and packages for the next 60 days.
  • Comcast is offering free Wi-Fi for 2 months to low-income families plus all Xfinity hot-spots are free to the public during this time.
  • AT&T is offering open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low-income families.
  • Sprint is providing unlimited data to existing customers. Starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020, Sprint will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge.
  • T-Mobile is providing unlimited data to existing customers. It will soon allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge.
  • Tucson Electric Power, Tucson Water, and Southwest Gas have all committed to suspending service disconnections for customers.
  • Tucson Lifestyle has compiled and is continuing to update a Community Updates page.
  • Visit Arizona 211 for a variety of resources and information.
  • Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse is still fully functional for those in need. Click here for Domestic Abuse Services and Survivor Safety Resources.
  • Click here for Pima Animal Care Center’s checklist to plan for your pet in the event of your hospitalization.