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Apr 06 2020

Many of our partners are organizations and individuals working in the arts and culture industry, whether in the visual/performing arts or other areas. Visitors have been flooding Annapolis for decades to experience the architecture lining its colonial streets, the artwork found in its numerous art galleries and historic buildings, and the many monuments that enrich the city. Annapolis continues to be one of the nation’s top arts destinations, so we want to make sure we’re supporting an important part of our cultural heritage community. Below find resources and funding opportunities we...

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Apr 03 2020

While practicing social distancing has meant canceling events for the foreseeable future, some nonprofits have begun to embrace the new trend of hosting virtual events. In a previous blog post, we shared with you a list of COVID-19 Webinars for Nonprofits, including one from Bloomerang on How to Run an Online Event And Engage More People Virtually. That webinar helped provide us with some of the following takeaways. Here’s 10 reasons why virtual events can support your mission by engaging donors and expanding your outreach. 1.       Virtual events broaden awareness of your nonprofit....

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Apr 02 2020

With the recent passing of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, additional crisis relief programs have been put in place for small businesses. Some of these programs also apply to nonprofits. Since the majority of our partners are small nonprofits, we wanted to make you aware of these resources. Lapse in Appropriations Notice: SBA is unable to accept new applications at this time for the Paycheck Protection Program or the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)-COVID-19 related assistance program (including EIDL Advances) based on available appropriations funding. Paycheck Protection Program The Paycheck...

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Apr 01 2020

With most of us working from home, we’re relying on new ways to communicate, connect, and manage our work. Looking for applications beyond Zoom? Here are some software programs developed to help organizations remain efficient while operating remotely. These resources are currently available for free and will remains so throughout the anticipated duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, making them options for nonprofits. An important note - this list does NOT imply an endorsement by Four Rivers, but we wanted to be sure you were aware of these products should they meet...

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Mar 31 2020

In a previous blog post we introduced you to some Virtual Tours of Annapolis and Anne Arundel Heritage Sites. But there’s always more to experience! What better way to further virtually explore our local heritage sites than through YouTube. We collected a list of sites with official YouTube channels below, so you can keep exploring the Four Rivers Heritage Area. Click the site's name to access their YouTube channel, even ours! Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park The maritime heritage exhibits, environmental education programs, and engaging community events held at the McNasby Campus...

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Mar 30 2020

These are unprecedented times. Nonprofits - dependent on membership, donations, and government grants - can be particularly vulnerable during periods of social and economic hardship, even as our missions remain as important as ever. Even though the COVID-19 pandemic is fairly recent, a wealth of guidance and resources has been developed for the nonprofit community. Below are a variety of free recorded webinars shared by organizations around the country. Click the title to access each webinar.  Explore some of these ideas as you work to create new strategies for your...

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Mar 27 2020

Looking for a quick way to make a difference? Below, find four surveys for different audiences that are intended to utilize collected information to find the best way to support arts nonprofits, heritage sites, small businesses, and others during and after this pandemic. Take a moment to check the details, fill out a survey, and help guide our community’s crisis response. Maryland Heritage Areas Program COVID-19 Impacts on Maryland's Cultural Heritage Organizations The Maryland Heritage Areas Program and MHT are seeking information about the economic and human impacts of the current health crisis – the...

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Mar 25 2020

What's a heritage buff to do when lectures are cancelled and museums are closed? There’s always something new to learn and explore! Podcasts can bring interesting and informative stories to you wherever you are. Here are some history and heritage-related podcasts certain to keep you entertained. Click on the title of each podcast to learn more. Preservation Maryland’s PreserveCast Since launching in 2017, PreserveCast is the most popular historic preservation podcast with a growing group of listeners. Each Monday, your host Nick Redding interviews industry leaders in preservation with an interesting story...

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Mar 24 2020

Due to both voluntary and government mandated closings, unanticipated economic hardship, and the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, now is a challenging time for nonprofits. Below are a couple of financing options intended to support organizations until normal operations can resume. Maryland Department of Commerce Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund (NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS) This COVID-19 Emergency Relief $50M Grant Fund offers working capital to assist Maryland small businesses and nonprofits with disrupted operations due to COVID-19. Grant assistance is intended to provide interim relief complementing actions with its...

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