Anti-Racism and You and Me
The following resources were shared during this episode. All information was current as of Thursday, June 11, 2020.
·Giant Google doc of unknown origin. If you know who created this, please let us know. It’s chock full of great resources: bit.ly/ANTIRACISMRESOURCES
·75 Things White People Can Do – An article by Corinne Shatuck first posted on Medium (an online platform) in 2017, but it has been updated along the way: https://medium.com/equality-includes-you/what-white-people-can-do-for-racial-justice-f2d18b0e0234
·National Bail Fund Network: bit.ly/localbailfunds
·List of Black-owned Independent Bookstores: https://lithub.com/you-can-order-today-from-these-black-owned-independent-bookstores/
·An article – Just 27 Cool Products from Black-Owned Business: https://www.buzzfeed.com/kaylaboyd/just-cool-products-from-black-owned-businesses-93u24mbaum?origin=hshp
·Wonderful candles (yes, this is from Kimberly) and other treats from a growing business owned by a black women: https://www.fleurtywick.com
·Resources to open up communication with your children:
o The Watsons Go to Birmingham: https://nobodybutcurtis.com/the-watsons-go-to-birmingham-1963
o The Hate U Give: https://angiethomas.com/the-hate-u-give
o Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/lists/coretta-scott-king-book-award-winners
o 31 children’s books to support conversations on race, racism, and resistance: https://www.embracerace.org/resources/where-to-find-diverse-childrens-books
o Parenting Forward podcast episode “Five Pandemic Parenting Lessons with Cindy Wang Brandt”: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/parenting-forward/id1403686245?i=1000474951309
o Fare of the Free Child Podcast: https://www.raisingfreepeople.com/podcast/o Integrated Schools podcast episode “Raising White Kids with Jennifer Harvey”: https://integratedschools.simplecast.com/episodes/harvey
o Article - PBS’s Teaching Your Child about Black History Month: https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/teaching-your-child-about-black-history-month
o Article – Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup from Pretty Good: https://www.prettygooddesign.org/blog/Blog%20Post%20Title%20One-5new4
COVID-19 Grants, Loans, and Other Assistance
The following resources were shared during this episode. All information was current as of Thursday, March 26, 2020.
·Community Foundation Public Issues Initiative – to date, $238.7 million response from 170 foundations across the country; www.commfoundations.com; you can find their blog with specific COVID-19 response funding here: https://www.commfoundations.com/blog/2020/3/11/community-foundations-nationwide-launch-efforts-to-help-communities-affected-by-the-coronavirus
·National Council of Nonprofits – sharing breaking analysis of federal relief being finalized and what it means right now; www.councilofnonprofits.org
·The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES Act), Senate Bill 748 – provides significant funding for businesses, hospitals, schools, and social support programs, among many other things; based on initial analysis of 1,000 page bill (knowing that things may change because the bill has not been made into law yet); you can follow the bill’s progress here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/3548?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%22CARES+Act%22%7D&s=7&r=1; you can read the current bill in PDF form here: https://www.congress.gov/116/bills/s3548/BILLS-116s3548is.pdf; the bill includes the following provisions (as it stands now):
o Emergency Small Business Loans – provides funding for special emergency loans of up to $10 million for eligible nonprofits and small businesses; potential for loan forgiveness if certain requirements are met
o Economic Injury Disaster Loans – eliminates creditworthiness requirements and appropriates an additional $10 million to the program so eligible nonprofits a can bet checks for $10,000 within three days
o Self-Funded Nonprofits and Unemployment – only reimburses self-funded nonprofits for half the costs of benefits provided to their laid off employees; this blog article explains more: https://www.councilofnonprofits.org/thought-leadership/self-insured-nonprofits-and-unemployment-insurance?utm_source=KNN+ALL+emails+of+reps+-+ALL+GrowthZone&utm_campaign=31ddc2870c-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_11_4_2019_13_51_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_84caadc067-31ddc2870c-168378341
o Charitable Giving Incentive – includes an above-the-line deduction for total charitable contributions of up to $300
o Employee Retention Payroll Tax Credit – creates a refundable payroll tax credit of up to $5,000 for each employee on the payroll when certain conditions are met. NOTE: employers receiving emergency small business association loans will not be eligible for these credits.
o Industry Stabilization Fund – sets aside $425 billion for “eligible business”; nonprofits may qualify for these
o Direct Payments – provides $1,200 or less to adults and $500 per child ($3,400 for a family of four) to be sent out in weeks; the amount of the payments phases out based on earnings of between $75,000 and $99,000 ($150,000 and $198,000 for couples)
o Expanded Unemployment Insurance – includes coverage for workers who are furloughed, gig workers, and freelances; increases payments by $600 per week for four months on top of what state unemployment programs pay
o Amendments to the New Paid Leave Mandate – lowers the amounts that employers must pay for paid sick and family leave under the Families First Coronavirus REsponde Act (enacted March 19) to the amounts covered by the refundable payroll tax credit – i.e., $511 per day for employee sick leave or $200 per day for family leave
·Families First Coronavirus Response Act and Nonprofits, House Resolution 6201 – this bill provides paid sick leave, tax credits, expands food assistance, and other needed assistance; you can find the bill here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/6201; you can read a PDF version of the approved bill here: https://www.congress.gov/116/bills/hr6201/BILLS-116hr6201enr.pdf; assistance within the bill includes:
o Employment Provisions – imposes new job protections for workers, paid leave mandates on employers, and a generous reimbursement scheme for employers; law provides two weeks of paid sick leave, a subsequent ten weeks of partially paid family leave for the care of a child, and refundable tax credits.
o Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – authorizes states to request a waiver for temporary, emergency SNAP benefits to existing beneficiaries up to the maximum monthly allotment. All work and training requirements for SNAP benefits are suspended during the crisis.
o Child and Senior Food Nutrition – a combined $900 million appropriated for the Special Supplement Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) to assist local food banks to purchase food, including costs for storage and distribution. Legislation also authorizes the Department of Agriculture to approve state plans for emergency Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) food assistance for households with children who receive free or reduced school meals if their school is closed for at least five consecutive days. An additional $250 million is provided for the Senior Nutrition program for 25 million home-delivered and pre-packaged meals to low-income seniors.
·Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, H.R. 6074 – this bill provides $8.3 billion in emergency funding for federal agencies to respond to the coronavirus outbreak; you can find information on the bill here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/6074; you can view a PDF of the bill here: https://www.congress.gov/116/plaws/publ123/PLAW-116publ123.pdf; bill includes:
o $20 million for Small Business Association Disaster Loans Program Account – funding available until expended
o $2.2 billion for Centers Disease Control activities and support; of this, not less than $950 million shall be provided in the form of grants and cooperative agreements to states, localities, territories, tribal nations, and other entities to carry out surveillance, epidemiology, laboratory capacity, infection control, mitigation, communications, and other preparedness and response activities; $475 million of these funds shall be made available 30 days of the Act’s enactment; also, every grantee that received a Public Health Emergency Preparedness grant for FY19 shall receive not less than 90 percent of that grant level from funds in this act; health agencies have 45 days from Act’s amendment to provide their spending plan to the CDC
o Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund - $100 million shall be transferred to “Health Resources and Services Administration – Primary Health Care” for grants under the Health Centers Program as defined by section 330 of the Public Health Service Act, to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus
·Grants.gov – you can use this federal database to search for COVID-19 funding; you may find a few grant opportunities, but more likely you will find information related to other grant deadlines being extended due to the virus; one grant found through this search method was the Hospital Associations COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Activities from Health and Human Services, providing $50 million to the 53 hospital associations
·You can visit each federal department’s website to find what grants and/or resources they are sharing. Examples found include:
o Department of Labor – National Dislocated Workers Grants Program (CFDA #17.277); $300 million available; 150 grant awards expected between $150,000 and $25 million; no current deadline - https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/eta/eta20200318
o Department Of Justice - announced that all grants with deadlines between March 16 and 31 get a two week extension - https://www.ojp.gov/funding/explore/current-funding-opportunities
o Department of Education - Federal Student Aid – loan payments may be temporarily halted; they call it “placed in administrative forebearance”; contact your loan service for more information – for more detail go here: https://studentaid.gov/announcements-events/coronavirus
o Centers for Disease Control - grants listed in COVID-19 Stimulus package, more details on their website here: https://www.cdc.gov/cpr/readiness/funding-covid.htm
·Data – Both federal and state websites share data on the number of people tested, number of confirmed cases, and number of deaths; many times this data is broken down by county (when you visit your state’s health department or emergency management websites), age, and gender; examples of where you can find such data include:
o Georgia Emergency Management Agency - https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily-status-report
o Washington State Department of Health - https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus
o Centers for Disease Control - CDC - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/cases-in-us.html; data shared as of March 25
§ 54,453 total cases; 737 deaths
§ 584 of cases were due to travel; 986 due to close contact; and the remaining 52,883
Facing COVID-19: Staying Healthy & Helping Grantees
The following resources were shared during this episode.
·World Health Organization & Google Public Service Announcement – 5 Steps to Help Stop the Coronavirus - https://twitter.com/Google/status/1238893403821113344
o Wash your hands
o Cough/sneeze into your elbow
o Don’t touch your face
o Stay more than 3 feet (1 meter) away from other people
o Stay home if you feel sick
Governors and other leaders in states not already declared as “shelter in place” emphasize social distancing, AKA, stay at home as much as possible. Go to the grocery store only once a week.
·Find the nearest food pantry in Atlanta / North Georgia – text “findfood” or “comida” if you want instructions in Spanish to 888-976-2232. Then you will be prompted to enter your zip code (street address if you want), and you will receive texts with the addresses and phone numbers of nearby food pantries.
·Across the country, there are 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries – connect with yours and share info to others.
·Feeding America – Find info on SNAP and other federal/charitable programs - https://www.feedingamerica.org/need-help-find-food
·Government Response to the Coronavirus – website with tons of useful tips from housing to travel to health and so much more - https://www.usa.gov/coronavirus
·Council on Foundation, Ford Foundation, and other foundations are pledging flexibility to grantees - https://www.fordfoundation.org/the-latest/news/top-foundations-pledge-flexible-funding-to-grantees-in-wake-of-covid-19-crisis/
·Office of Management and Budget offers suggestions to federal funders to relax funding requirements to grantees – https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/M-20-17.pdf
·Audible – Free audible stories for children through adults in English, Spanish, German, Italian, and Japanese – https://stories.audible.com/start-listen
·Local Book Store Support – You can get two audio books for the price of one and the payment goes to a local book store when you sign up for a membership here - https://libro.fm/