COVID-19 RESOURCES2020-04-03T14:32:18-05:00

South Dakota Arts Community’s Coronavirus Resource Center

Arts South Dakota is regularly monitoring the CDC and SD Department of Health regarding COVID-19 as to how the current outbreak may impact our state arts community. The health and safety of our arts community and staff is our highest priority.  This page will be updated with information as it is received, so please check back regularly.

Read Arts South Dakota director Jim Speirs column
The arts in a COVID-19 world

Latest News

4/3/2020 COVID-19 Arts Relief

The federal government has enacted legislation for a comprehensive economic relief package to help people through financial strife related to the COVID-19 crisis. Included in the package is direct support for both nonprofit cultural organizations and state and local arts and humanities agencies, as well as economic relief provisions for independent contractors, “gig economy” workers, artists, entrepreneurs, and small businesses working in the creative economy.

These funds are expected to become depleted quickly. We strongly encourage individuals and nonprofit organizations to ACT NOW to begin accessing relief funding!

5-Minute Survey:The Economic Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the Arts and Cultural Sector

This survey is designed to collect information about the financial and human impacts that the spread of the coronavirus has had on arts and cultural organizations. The survey also collects basic information about the participating organizations so that the data can be parsed by specific geographic regions, artistic disciplines, and budget categories. Thank you in advance for spending five minutes to fill it out!

Americans for the Arts’ Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource and Response Center

Americans for the Arts continues to closely monitor recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Federal and D.C. governments as developments evolve concerning the coronavirus. Our organization cares about the health and safety of our members, stakeholders, staff, and board in communities across the country, and we understand that health, work, and travel require personal decisions that individuals must make for themselves.


Friday, March 27, 2020

The $2 trillion emergency stimulus package that Congress passed this week includes $300 million in economic relief to support nonprofit cultural organizations, museums, libraries, public broadcasting, and state and local arts and humanities agencies, as well as substantial additional economic relief opportunities for independent contractors like “gig economy” workers such as actors, musicians, and artists and nonprofit organizations and small businesses, including those working in the creative economy. Thousands of museums, performing arts centers, dance companies, theaters, writing programs, historical sites, libraries, and arts schools have had to close their venues and cancel performances, exhibitions, festivals, events, and entire seasons as a result of the pandemic. This has caused the loss of thousands of jobs and these cultural organizations are at severe financial risk.

Federal Arts Funding (Note: This is a supplement to their annual appropriations)

  • $75 million for the National Endowment for the Arts
  • $75 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities

Special note: Congress is waiving matching NEA and NEH grant requirements as well as the requirement for grants to be project specific. All these new fast-track grants will be for general operating support with no match.

  • $75 million for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
  • $50 million for the Institute of Library and Museum Sciences
  • $25 million for the Kennedy Center
  • $7.5 million for the Smithsonian

Arts-Eligibility Within Community Development Block Grants, Small Business Administration, and Unemployment Insurance

  • $5 billion for Community Development Block Grants to cities and counties
  • $350 billion for Small Business Administration (SBA) emergency loans of up to $10 million for small businesses—including nonprofits (with less than 500 employees), sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed individuals (like individual artists)—to cover payroll costs, mortgage/rent costs, utilities, and other operations. These loans can be forgiven if used for those purposes. This new eligibility is a key element of the CREATE Act
  • $10 billion for Emergency Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) for loans up to $10,000 for small businesses and nonprofits to be used for providing paid sick leave for employees, maintaining payroll, mortgage/rent payments, and other operating costs
  • Expanded Unemployment Insurance (UI) that includes coverage for furloughed workers, freelancers, and ”gig economy” workers. The bill also increases UI payments by $600/week for four months, in addition to what one claims under a state unemployment program


The link above will show a dashboard reporting on the latest results from Americans for the Arts’ ongoing survey to capture coronavirus-related economic impact reports from artists, arts organizations, and arts agencies of all types, genres, sizes, and tax statuses. If you have an impact to report–lost income, attendance, or other impacts–please do so by following this link.

PLEASE NOTE: Many organizations have reported that they are experiencing negative impacts, but that it is too early to estimate financial loss (which means those dollars are not captured in this dashboard). We anticipate these losses to become evident over the next weeks, and invite organizations to return and re-report in the impact survey at that time.

VIEW the South Dakota Economic Impact Dashboard (posted at the bottom of this page)


The South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) continues to respond to the emergence of the novel coronavirus. We are working with the CDC and our healthcare partners across the state to protect South Dakotans from COVID-19.


On this website you can find information and guidance from WHO regarding the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that was first reported from Wuhan, China, on 31 December 2019. Please visit this page for daily updates.

This program would help eligible businesses and non-profits impacted by COVID-19.

“We are working very closely with the SBA to ensure that South Dakota companies negatively impacted by Covid-19 have access to economic assistance,” said Noem. “This is unchartered territory for everyone, including the SBA, but my economic development team stands ready to help businesses and counties work through this process. I’m extremely thankful for the quick response and strong leadership that President Trump and his team at SBA are providing.”

DETAILS: Affected small businesses and non-profits need to download, complete, and submit this SBA EIDL Worksheet and Instructions to expedite activation of the EIDL program. Completed forms may be submitted by email to Please note, this initial survey form is not a SBA loan application. When the EIDLprogram is activated, businesses will be contacted to apply directly to the SBA.

COVID-19 Reemployment Assistance Eligibility Determinations

The Reemployment Assistance (RA) program provides temporary financial assistance for people who have lost their job through no fault of their own including self employed, an independent contractor, a 1099 worker. Workers who become unemployed because their employer needs to temporarily shut down or isolate workers due to COVID-19 might be eligible to receive benefits. Many variables can affect a worker’s eligibility and an employer’s liability for benefits. The Department of Labor and Regulation examines each case on an individual basis and makes determinations in accordance with the law.

4/1/2020 COVID-19 Pandemic Scenarios & Benefits Available This includes self employed, an independent contractor, a 1099 worker

General information on Filing for Reemployment Assistance Benefits

Things to Know Before You File a Claim for Benefits information you need to file a claim for RA (unemployment insurance) benefits, what happens after you file a claim

Frequently Asked Questions on Reemployment Assistance Benefits

How to File an Reemployment Assistance Claim brochure – instructions on options for filing a claim for reemployment assistance benefits in English and Spanish

Main Reemployment Assistance Benefits page

COVID-19 and South Dakota Tourism

The South Dakota Department of Tourism is working to take a proactive approach to protect the health and safety of our citizens, visitors and businesses. We are in constant communication with the U.S. Travel Association, Governor Kristi Noem’s office, South Dakota congressional offices, the South Dakota Department of Health and other state and federal agencies to provide up-to-date information to South Dakota’s tourism industry partners about COVID-19.

Industry members, we encourage you to use this link to share your adjusted business hours, cancellations and postponements due to COVID-19. This information will be available for visitors on as they make travel plans. FULL RELEASE 

Guidance on Unemployment Insurance Flexibilities During COVID-19 Outbreak

NOTE: Check with your state’s unemployment insurance program regarding the rules in your state.

Federal law permits significant flexibility for states to amend their laws to provide unemployment insurance benefits in multiple scenarios related to COVID-19.

In addition, federal law does not require an employee to quit in order to receive benefits due to the impact of COVID-19.

U.S. Department Of Labor Announces New Paid Sick Leave And Expanded Family and Medical Leave Implementation(April 1, 2020)

U.S. Department Of Labor Adds To Guidance for Workers and Employers Explaining Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave Benefits Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (March 28, 2020)

Visit for the latest official information from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Task Force at the White House.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy.


Message from National Endowment for Arts Chairman Mary Anne Carter on COVID-19

The National Endowment for the Arts is aware of the current and potential impacts on the arts and culture community from the spread of COVID-19. We know that there are more than five million Americans who make their livelihoods in the broader arts and cultural sector across the country and are potentially at risk.

We also know that the arts provide comfort, resilience, wisdom, and the means for self-expression and connection even though the number of opportunities to experience the arts are temporarily diminished.

We stand ready to assist our applicants and awardees in the coming weeks and months and have developed FAQs that are available on our website.

Please know that we are here to support you in any way that we can.

With deep appreciation for all that you do.

Mary Anne Carter

COVID-19 FAQ Updates & Resources

Coronavirus Resources

Like so many organizations across the U.S. and around the world, NASAA is keeping a close eye on the coronavirus and how it may affect our staff, members, work and convenings.  We’re monitoring the situation at both the federal and District of Columbia government levels. As I’m sure you know, the federal government is currently open for business, and there are no domestic travel restrictions to or from Washington, DC.


Arts Midwest Resources: COVID-19

Arts Midwest is currently monitoring the ongoing rise of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) across the United States. We know that the virus raises particular questions for our community members in the arts and culture sector, many of whom are anticipating short-and long-term impacts. With that in mind, we’ve started to assemble a list of articles and resources to share with our constituents and networks, as well as some answers to questions we’ve been receiving.


We are committed to continuing to serve artists and communities, providing services, and doing so in a way that supports public health. Starting March 16, we will move to remote work, and postpone all public events through April 3 at the earliest.

See our Public Statement here

Find our Coronavirus Resources page here

Read the Principles for Ethical Cancellation here

Apply for support through our Personal Emergency Relief Fund here

Give to the Personal Emergency Relief Fund here

Grantmakers in the Arts is sharing resources and guidance on Covid-19 virus and encouraging grantmakers to support their grantees in treating their funding flexibly in these difficult and rapidly shifting circumstances.


Emergency Funds for Freelance and Teaching Artists



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