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LIAA NEWSLETTER | FRIDAY, MARCH 19, 2021
In this week’s newsletter:
SBA announces SVOG application date and a webinar,
New NEA funding opportunity,
Call-To-Artists in support of vaccine awareness,
and the opportunity to provide your input to NEA strategic plan.
SHUTTERED VENUE GRANT UPDATE
SBA Launches Portal to Begin Accepting Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Applications on April 8
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The U.S. Small Business Administration has launched a splash page for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) application portal today in anticipation of opening applications for the much-anticipated critical economic relief program on Thursday, April 8, 2021. I encourage you to bookmark this page, and check back frequently for any updates: https://www.svograntportal.sba.gov/s/
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They have included links to all of the previously announced guidance documents here as well.
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Prior to the official SVOG application opening, the SBA will host a national informational webinar to highlight the application process from 2:30 to 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. Those interested in participating can register here.
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NEW NEA RELIEF FUNDING
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New NEA relief funding for arts organizations can be used for general operating expenses, does not require matching funds
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The National Endowment for the Arts announced that it will distribute $135 million in relief funding through the American Rescue Plan to support organizations and jobs in the arts sector that have been impacted by the pandemic.
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In their announcement, the National Endowment for the Arts points to the vital social and economic contributions of the creative sector and estimates that the $135 million from the American Rescue Plan will result in support for approximately 234,000 jobs and reach an estimated 107 million people across 1,000 urban and rural communities.
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Highlights:
  • $135 million dollars in relief funding for the arts
  • Funding intended for nonprofit arts organizations
  • Does NOT require matching funds
  • 40% distributed to state art agencies and regional arts organizations
  • 60% distributed through NEA application process.
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Resources and Next Steps:
  • Guidelines and application materials for American Rescue Plan funding will be posted in the grants section of the Arts Endowment’s website.
  • Access the Arts Endowment’s FAQ on the American Rescue Plan
  • Save the Date for NEA’s webinar “The Art of Reopening” on March 23, which will feature introductory remarks from Dr. Anthony Fauci. Learn more and then register here.
CALL TO ARTISTS: SHOT TO REUNITE
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Shot To Reunite is calling on local artists to create and submit works of art that can be used in a campaign to boost confidence in the COVID-19 vaccine
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Long Island Arts Alliance is proud to join a diverse coalition of arts leaders, artists, public servants, and business/community leaders who believe in the immense power and inclusivity of the arts to spark important conversations and deliver messaging about public health without bias.
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Through the project, we are looking to receive artwork from local artists that can be used in an island-wide public health campaign to boost confidence in the vaccine with a focus on resonant works that engage diverse ethnic, cultural, and Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities.
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Applications will open Sunday, March 21.
You can find the full prospectus and guidelines here.
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CALL FOR PUBLIC INPUT
NEA STRATEGIC PLAN
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The NEA, in preparing its FY 2022-2026 strategic plan, aims to solicit ideas and insights from the general public.
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The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is in the process of developing a new strategic plan for the years 2022-2026. The NEA Office of Research & Analysis is soliciting public input to inform the development of the NEA 2022-2026 Strategic Plan. Through this Request for Comments, the NEA invites ideas and insights from the general public, including arts organizations, artists, arts educators, state and local arts agencies, other arts funders and policy-makers, researchers, and individuals and groups outside the arts sector. 
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You can read more here and provide your input by March 31, 2021
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SUPPORT LIAA

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A gift to LIAA helps us keep membership fees affordable and provide essential funding for networking, professional development programs, advocacy initiatives, and member services aimed at promoting and nurturing a vibrant cultural community across Long Island. Your contribution will fund programs like those mentioned above, while also ensuring the future of the arts on Long Island is protected through our continued work.
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