A Message to our Members: We’re Here for You

Our communities, and all our FPWA member organizations, are living through an unprecedented time. As COVID-19 spreads, so does panic. Understandably so.

If never before the 8 million New Yorkers recognized the critical role human services nonprofits play in the life of our city, then today, they’re learning fast. Here in New York City, there are hundreds of nonprofits caring daily for young and old people, and everyone in between.

They provide meals, managed care, early childcare and early education coupled with a watchful eye for little ones, programs for young people with daily challenges, shelter for homeless persons, meals for the elderly, services for people who struggle with depression and other mental health issues, and more. They are run by caring people who wish they could stay home and ride out the virus, but they can’t.

These programs can’t and won’t shut their doors because their communities need them. Families of the people they care for need them. For example, parents of children in childcare centers, especially subsidized centers, often have jobs where they get paid only if they work. For others, paid sick leave is available but limited. They rely on these programs to stay open.

FPWA continues to work closely with HSC and allies to represent the sector’s interests, sharing information and raising critical concerns and questions coming from nonprofits and the faith community to our partners in government.

We at FPWA continue to appreciate all that you are doing and the many personal sacrifices you are making in this time of crisis. We have been hearing from you concerning the challenges you face and we will continue to work with city and state officials to address them as expeditiously as possible.

FPWA staff will be reaching out to check-in with you to learn of any continuing concerns, questions and issues going unaddressed.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at members@fpwa.org.

We’ll continue to share updates and resources as pertinent.

Thank you for all that you do.

Jennifer Jones Austin
CEO & Executive Director

FPWA’s On-going Analysis & Federal Funds Tracker

FPWA’s fiscal policy team continues to monitor Congress’s relief response. Be sure to check FPWA’s COVID-19 Resource Page for analysis, calls to action, and more.

Read more here.

CARES Act Analysis & SBA Resources

Fiscal Management Associates COVID-19 Response Resources
This page gathers FMA’s latest thinking and tools to support you in managing your nonprofit’s finances (or supporting your grantees as they do) amidst the rapid changes and uncertainty we are all facing in 2020.

If you are interested in applying for the Paycheck Protection Program, the single most important things to do as soon as possible is to reach out to your banking institution partner to initiate a conversation and ensure an open line of communication (more below).

FMA has assembled a number of critically useful resources to organizations including a calculator, sample loan resolution and script to talking to your banking partners. They will also be offering Virtual Group Clinics (one-hour virtual clinics) in the coming weeks to answer application questions.
FMA Tools (More at FMA’s Toolbox)

FMA PPP Calculator (xls) — This calculator will help you estimate the average monthly payroll and loan amount for your application.

FMA Template for Board Resolution Authorizing Loan (docx) — This template will allow you to quickly get approval from your board to apply for a PPP loan.

FMA Script for talking to a Bank about PPP (docx) — This script provides you with key questions you can use to call a bank immediately.

National Council of Nonprofits – Federal Coronavirus Relief Bills: What Do They Mean for Nonprofits?
If you weren’t able to join, please see below for the recordings of yesterday’s webinar and a few other resources. National Council of Nonprofits will continue to update these materials and post additional resources as more information becomes available, so we encourage you to bookmark these resources and come back.

National Council of Nonprofits – Nonprofits & Coronavirus
Recording of webinar
Slide deck from webinar

Loan Programs One-Pager

CCA – Employee Assistance Program Support for FPWA Members

We wanted to make you aware of supportive programming being offered by CCA, FPWA’s Employee Assistance Program partner for the week of 4/6/20.

As part of FPWA membership, organizations are able to access full EAP services from CCA at a reduced rate per employee. If this is something you are interested in, please let us know by emailing members@fpwa.org.

That said, we’d like to make the following available to members to share with their staff during this time.

Pre-recorded sessions now available:

Upcoming Sessions
These first is a series of dial-in support groups, offering a forum where participants can share challenges and gain strategies for managing stress, coping with feelings of loneliness, and working remotely during COVID-19.
To register for a session, click on the associated link.

COVID-19 Grants

All of the grant opportunities below have rolling deadlines.

NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund
Organizations must have operating budgets of less than $20 million and receive NYS or City funding. Priority will be given to direct service providers supporting healthcare, food delivery and education services.

Robin Hood COVID-19 Relief Fund
Priorities are to organizations that: serve vulnerable populations; provide or will expand services to include emergency assistance; are at risk for gaps in government contracts; incurred unexpected expenses; have track record of administering cash grants to individuals and families.

Brooklyn Community Foundation
Prioritizing: anti-stigma efforts; prevention and support measures for vulnerable populations; practical needs, such as meal delivery and food access; supports for low-wage workers; and, other emerging or immediate needs.

No Kid Hungry
Emergency grants to support local school districts and nonprofit organizations in their efforts to ensure kids get the nutritious food they need.

Candid.org Search of Coronavirus Grants