Urge Congress to Support the Museum Community in Pandemic Economic Relief and FY 2021 Funding
As legislators consider the next round of coronavirus economic relief legislation and regular FY 2021 funding, ask your legislators to:
Provide Additional Forgivable Loans: Expand the Paycheck Protection Program to allow existing borrowers to apply for additional loans and make nonprofits, including museums, with greater than 500 employees eligible for loan forgiveness. In addition, provide loan forgiveness for nonprofits through the Federal Reserve's Main Street Lending Program.
Allocate Emergency Supplemental Funding for Museums: Allocate $6 billion specifically for museums, to be administered by the IMLS - Office of Museum Services, for general operating support, assisting museums in developing and sharing distance learning content, and pandemic recovery planning and implementation, including improvements to protect employees and visitors and reduce the spread of COVID-19.*
Expand and Extend Charitable Deductions: Expand the universal charitable deduction provision in the CARES Act by removing the $300 cap and extend the CARES Act removal of the 60% limit on Adjusted Gross Income that may be deducted through charitable gifts of cash.
Increase FY 2021 Funding for IMLS, NEH and NEA: Provide $42.7 million in FY 2021 funding for OMS, the amount approved by the U.S. House of Representatives last year, and at least $170 million each for the National Endowment for the Humanities and National Endowment for the Arts.
Let Arizona Legislators Know How COVID-19 Has Impacted Your Organization
As you may be aware, the Arizona legislature passed a "skinny budget" on March 23, 2020, which just included the “essential”. Not included was funding for the Arizona Commission on the Arts. When the legislators return, they will be working on a full budget. The arts community will need to be ready to provide facts and figures to ensure that the ACA funding is included. Arizona Citizens for the Arts has created a survey for all arts and cultural organizations to complete so we can make the best possible case for ourselves.
Thank the Arizona Congressional members for supporting the Great American Outdoors Act
Signed into law on August 4, 2020, this Act provides the single largest federal investment in preservation of historic and cultural resources for public lands in our generation and ensure many of America's most iconic historic places are saved for generations to come. Along with the Arizona Preservation Foundation, over 850 preservation, business, outdoor, tourism, conservation, recreation, and hunting groups signed on to a letter to Congress urging the passage of this act. Send a pre-formatted thank-you email through the National Trust for Historic Places website.