COVID-19DOWNTOWN UPDATES & ACTION PAGE
Downtown Taunton Foundation would like to thank everyone who has been supportive of our small businesses and our arts & culture community during the COVID-19 crisis.
Our goal is to provide helpful information and updates for the Downtown community, including businesses, residents, individual artists, and visitors. Please check back regularly as we make changes and additions as information comes to us. Things change rapidly and we are doing our best to keep up as we, like so many, work from home.
On this page you will find:
- Small Business resources
- Resources for the arts & culture community
- Ways that the community can help
- Helpful and interesting links
Downtown Virtual Tip Jar
Follow the link below to support your favorite Downtown business or employee with a tip thru Venmo or Paypal. Check back regularly as we will update our list daily as more businesses & individuals sign up.
Donate to Keep Applause Academy From Closing It's Doors Forever
A Go Fund Me page has been started with the goal of raising $70K to keep this vital non-profit from closing. This theater based youth organization has been a beloved part of the Taunton community for almost 11 years. Help by donating or by sharing the page on social media.
Contact Your Legislators
Let your state & federal legislators know that you support the arts & culture community. Not sure where to start? Visit MACreative’s Advocacy page for some ideas, information, and links.
Which Businesses are Open?
We have moved our list of open businesses to its own page. Please visit the tab labeled: Who’s Open Downtown?
Resources for Small Businesses
Federal and State of MA governments are both offering guidance and resources for small businesses at this time. Information is constantly changing and getting updated. Below are links that we hope will be helpful to those seeking assistance.
BID & DTF staff are available to assist your small business through this difficult time in any way possible. Please contact Colleen Simmons at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or for assistance.
Adapting to COVID-19 A Quick Reference for Restaurants and Food Service Environments
The following resources have been compiled to
support MassDevelopment’s Transformative Development Initiative (TDI) communities’ restaurants and
food service operations as they adapt and react to
the impacts of the novel Coronovirus (“COVID-19”). Download the PDF using the following link: Food Business Checklist Resource
At this webpage you will find links to:
– Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program
– Emergency Order re: Essential Services and Assemblage Guidance
– Administrative Tax Relief Measures
– MGCC Small Business Recovery Loan Fund
– MEMA’s Emergency Operations Center’s Private Sector Hotline
– Executive Office of Labor & Workforce Development Resources
COVID-19 Business For All Grants
The current COVID-19 crisis has been a game changer for small businesses. To ensure Business for All, Hello Alice with the support of Verizon, Silicon Valley Bank, Ebay, and others is offering $10,000 emergency grants, being distributed immediately to small business owners impacted by this pandemic. Vist businessforall.helloalice.com for the details and to explore other programs and resources offered.
At this webpage you will find links to:
– Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
– SBA Express Bridge Loans
– Guidance for Businesses and Employers
– SBA Products and Resources
– Government Contracting
– Local Assistance
Empowered Women Empower Women: Grant Opp
Knowing the ripple effect that empowering women can have to strengthen neighborhoods, cities and countries, The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation donated $5 million to support female entrepreneurs in the wake of COVID-19 and teamed up with GlobalGiving to establish The Red Backpack Fund. GlobalGiving will be overseeing the fund, making 1,000 grants of $5,000 each to female entrepreneurs in the U.S. to help alleviate the immediate needs and support the long-term recovery of those impacted by this crisis. The portal will open for applications again on May 4, June 1, July 6, and August 3. Visit globalgiving.org/redbackpackfund/ for more information.
Fashion Fund for COVID-19 Relief
A Common Thread is a storytelling initiative spearheaded by Vogue and in collaboration with the CFDA, to raise both awareness and needed funds for those in the American fashion community who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Grants made by A Common Thread will target designers, small retailers and other fashion companies whose businesses have been impacted by COVID-19. Follow this link for more information and to apply.
Resources for the Arts & Culture Cummunity
Downtown Taunton Foundation has a stated mission of promoting arts & culture in Downtown Taunton. In addition to our own arts & culture programming, Downtown Taunton is home to several arts & culture businesses and organizations including Trescott Street Gallery, Real Art Sudios, Paris Academy of Ballroom Dancing, Applause Academy, Old Colony History Museum, and The District Center for the Arts. Our goal is to provide guidance and support to this segment of our community during this difficult time for all.
MASSCreative: Collecting & Sharing data
This Massachusetts non-profit is currently collecting survey data from both individual artists and from arts & culture organizations so that they can advocate at both the state and federal level for the creative community. Visit their website for the latest information. Complete a survey for individual artists here or for an arts & culture organization here to share your economic impact story.
New England Foundation for the Arts
The New England Foundation for the Arts invests in artists and communities and fosters equitable access to the arts, enriching the cultural landscape in New England and the nation. NEFA accomplishes this by granting funds to artists and cultural organizations; connecting them to each other and their audiences; and analyzing their economic contributions. NEFA serves as a regional partner for the National Endowment for the Arts, New England’s state arts agencies, and private foundations. Learn more at www.nefa.org