ASCA & AACF Updates

If you have links to articles, resources and other materials that you think may be useful to the arts and culture sector in Alaska as we navigate the current circumstances, please contact ASCA Community Arts Program Director Charlie Sears at charles(dot)sears(at) Stay well, and we are grateful for all that you do! (lastest update: 5/15/2020 – Updates are ordered from newest to oldest)

ASCA & AACF Updates
Arts and Culture Resources
AK Arts and Culture Organizational Info
Emergency Funding
Engaging with Communities
General COVID-19 AK & National
For Students + Families + Educators

Webinars + Connecting
Working Online


4:30 pm 6/10/2020 – ASCA May Newsletter:

4:00 pm 6/10/2020 – Alaska Arts & Culture Emergency Relief COVID Grant Opens

1:00 pm 5/15/2020 – ASCA May Newsletter:

1:30 pm 4/17/2020 – ASCA’s Artists and Arts Organizations COVID-19 Surveys

11:00 am 4/9/2020 – NEA CARES Act Guidelines For Direct NEA Grantees – Part 1 Deadline April 22, 2020, 11:59 pm

11:00 am 4/3/2020 – ASCA April Newsletter:

9:00 am 4/3/2020 – The CARES Act – H.R. 748

    1. Supporting Arts & Culture

      • An “above-the-line” or universal charitable giving incentive – Contributions made in 2020 of up to $300. This provision will now allow all non-itemizer taxpayers (nearly 90% of all taxpayers) to deduct charitable contributions from their tax returns, an incentive previously unavailable to them.
    2. Supporting Individuals

      • Direct Payments – Depending on your income, single adults with Social Security numbers who have an adjusted gross income of $75,000 or less will get the full amount. Married couples with no children earning $150,000 or less will receive a total of $2,400. And taxpayers filing as head of household will get the full payment if they earned $112,500 or less. For every qualifying child age 16 or under, the payment will be an additional $500. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has said he expected most people to get their direct deposit payments by April 17. The I.R.S. has not said when those receiving paper checks would get them.
      • Extended Unemployment Benefits – The CARES Act wraps in far more workers than are usually eligible for unemployment benefits, including self-employed people and part-time workers. Under the plan, eligible workers will get an extra $600 per week on top of their state benefit. For more Alaska related information please visit
      • SNAP (food stamps) – $15.5 billion is going to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP. The money will help cover the expected cost of new applications to the program as a result of the coronavirus. There is $450 million more for food banks and other community food distribution programs.
    3. Supporting Small Business & Arts Organizations

      • The Paycheck Protection Program – The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. This program is for any small business with less than 500 employees (including sole proprietorships, independent contractors and self-employed persons), private non-profit organizations or 501(c)(19) veterans organizations affected by coronavirus/COVID-19. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. Loans originate with eligible local lenders, who will begin processing loan applications as soon as April 3, 2020. Learn more about eligible lenders, and download a PPP borrower application form at
      • Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Loan Advance – small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000. The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. The loan advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available within three days of a successful application, and this loan advance will not have to be repaid. Eligible applicants shall include small business owners, nonprofit organizations, tribal business concerns with fewer than 500 employees, and will also include sole proprietors and independent contractors. the SBA now has a streamlined application process available at
      • Delay of payment of employer payroll taxes – The provision allows employers and self-employed individuals to defer payment of the employer share of the Social Security tax they otherwise are responsible for paying to the federal government with respect to their employees.