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Jun 04 2020

As you begin thinking about reopening, an important category to consider is membership. Your members are the heart of your organization, your loyal visitors and donors. But how do you continue to engage with your members while your organization is closed, or while they choose to remain "safer at home"? How will you continue to retain and attract them in the midst of post-COVID-19 uncertainty? Below are a selection of free, recorded (and easy to access) webinars offered by Cuseum, many from their Membership Mondays webinar series, that can help guide and...

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Jun 03 2020

Businesses across Annapolis and Anne Arundel County are beginning to reopen, which means nonprofits, museums, and other cultural sites should also be planning now for when they’re able to open to the public. In past blog posts we have shared some of the beneficial webinars, publications, and other resources from the American Alliance for State and Local History (AASLH). The below comes straight from them to help you!   To help museums share thinking as they navigate the challenges and uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alliance is compiling examples of...

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May 29 2020

In a previous blog post, we shared Anne Arundel County's Small Business Customer & Employee Protection Grant. We're pleased to announce the grant is now available to nonprofit organizations that can demonstrate sufficient need in order to comply with regulations, enact safe and healthy best practices and maximize customer engagement opportunities. The grant program is administered through Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation (AAEDC). About the Grant Organizations can apply for a grant of up to $10,000 that can cover the following purchases: PPE for employees Protective shields/dividers Sanitation products and services such...

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May 21 2020

Earlier this week, we let you know how to assist in, and benefit from, the initiatives of the Annapolis Small Business Recovery Task Force.  Now you have another chance to promote the historic preservation and heritage community during the COVID-19 recovery process, by contributing to Preservation Maryland's Heritage Recovery Task Force. In the face of the ongoing pandemic, Preservation Maryland convened a task force of history, preservation, economic development, design, and tourism organizations to focus on identifying and advocating for public policy necessary to support the recovery of Maryland’s historical and...

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May 20 2020

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) recognizes the challenges facing museums and libraries at this time, including the adaptations and adjustments that will be necessary to rebuild staffing, reopen facilities, and address the needs of communities affected by the impact of a global crisis. The goal of this grant program is to support the role of museums and libraries in responding to the coronavirus pandemic in ways that meet the immediate and future COVID-19 needs of the communities and audiences they serve. Program Description The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security...

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May 19 2020

The Annapolis Small Business Recovery Task Force was established to focus on the experiences that Annapolis businesses are facing in the time of COVID-19 and to come up with recommendations for assistance for the local small business and nonprofit community. Share Your Thoughts Nonprofit organizations are doing vital work in the Annapolis community to serve our citizens and enrich the lives of all those who call Annapolis their home. In order to be part of this important conversation, a Nonprofit Subcommittee has been formed to recognize the contributions offered by our city's...

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May 14 2020

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]On Tuesday, May 12, Four Rivers hosted a webinar entitled, “Strategies for Making Heritage Sites Accessible.” This webinar featured Robert Forloney, Program Developer & Cultural Institution Consultant, who led a discussion on the key aspects of planning for accessibility, the ethical and legal requirements of ADA compliance, strategies to serve audiences with special needs, the WHY of planning for all audiences, and how these efforts can improve the visitor experience for all. View recorded webinar: https://youtu.be/OT9F0VSFI9k Download the slides from the webinar here: Four Rivers Accessibility Workshop 2020 Mr. Forloney shared an extensive list...

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May 13 2020

In FY2021, funding totaling $300,000 has been distributed from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority Financing Fund to the Maryland Historical Trust to be awarded as Non-Capital Grants. Nonprofit organizations (including state agencies) and local jurisdictions may apply for Non-Capital Grants. These grants provide support for a wide variety of research, survey, planning, and educational activities involving architectural, archaeological, or cultural resources. Eligible activities may include preservation plans, historic and cultural resource surveys, educational outreach programs, and National Register nominations. Eligible Applicants Nonprofit organizations (including state agencies) and local jurisdictions are eligible to apply...

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May 07 2020

Many of our previous posts have focused on how you can take care of your organization throughout the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it is also important that you take care of yourself. The following resources offer support and encouragement to help you cope with the wide range of health- and wellness-related challenges you may be experiencing during this crisis.   The American Alliance of Museums shared an article on Seeking Self-Care Solutions, for COVID-19 and Beyond, sharing some of the biggest stressors facing museum employees and ways employees and...

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May 06 2020

Our nonprofit donors play an integral role in allowing us to fulfill our missions. For that reason, even with our sites closed for now, donor engagement remains important. The resources listed below may be helpful to reach a better understanding of how this engagement might change and evolve due to our shared experiences with COVID-19, and how we may want to shift our approaches towards donor relations in order to ensure the financial sustainability of our organizations.  Bloomerang has compiled a library of crisis fundraising advice, articles, opinions, webinars, videos and...

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