The Harvey Arts Recovery supports the disaster recovery needs of the Greater
Houston arts, culture, and creative community in our 10-county region. As a collaborative
effort of Houston's arts services sector, our focus is on aiding individual artists and
rebuilding and restoring smaller organizations.
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Please note that applications for those affected by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey need to apply by October 31st to qualify for benefits.
Fresh Arts has compiled an "Emergency Resources for Artists" Google Spreadsheet. The sheet includes national emergency artist grants/funding opportunities, general resource guides, local emergency response info, and links to area shelters, volunteer opportunities and more.
Only certain PNPs are eligible Applicants. To be an eligible PNP Applicant, the PNP must show that it has:
Notes on the Mandatory Briefing
For Harris County Nonprofits
Applying for FEMA Public Assistance
10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Houston TranStar Training/ Conference Room A/B
6922 Katy Road, Houston, TX 77024
Major discussion points from the briefing are as follows:
Hurricane Harvey declared disaster in Texas reference information:
Reference Number: DR-4332 –TX
Declared: August 25, 2017
Type: Hurricane & Flooding
Incident Period: August 23, 2017 - September 15, 2017
FEMA provides Public Assistance Funds for the following categories of disaster-related work and damage:
A - Debris Removal
B - Emergency Protective Measures
C - Roads and Bridges
D - Water Control Facilities
E - Buildings and Equipment
F - Utilities
G - Parks, Recreational, Other
Damaged property owned by Private Nonprofits (PNPs) typically falls into Category E, which includes vehicles, and Category G.
All private nonprofits that fall into Categories C - G in the 23-county disaster region have to get their Request for Public Assistance (RPA) turned into FEMA by October 4, 2017.
An owner or operator of a PNP must apply for a Small Business Administration disaster loan and be determined as ineligible for an SBA loan before a determination of qualification for FEMA Public Assistance funding is made.
Start the SBA process before or at the same time you start the FEMA Public Assistance process, but do not fail to meet the RPA deadline for FEMA.
Documents you will need to present to the SBA and FEMA. Do not include originals with filings; provide copies only:
A current ruling letter from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service granting tax exemption under sections 501(c), (d), or (e) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954; or
Documentation from the State substantiating it is a non-revenue producing, nonprofit entity organized or doing business under State law.59
Additionally, as shown in Figure 6, prior to determining whether the PNP is eligible, FEMA must first determine whether the PNP owns or operates an eligible facility.60 For PNPs, an eligible facility is one that provides an eligible service as listed below:
A facility that provides a critical service, which is defined as education, utility, emergency, or medical (see Table 1);61 or
A facility that provides a non-critical, but essential governmental service AND is open to the general public (see Table 2).62, 63 PNP facilities generally meet the requirement of being open to the general public if ALL of the following conditions are met:
Facility use is not limited to any of the following:
A certain number of individuals;
A defined group of individuals who have a financial interest in the facility, such as a condominium association;
Certain classes of individuals; or
An unreasonably restrictive geographical area, such as a neighborhood within a community;
Facility access is not prohibited with gates or other security systems; and o Any membership fees meet all of the following criteria:
Are waived when an individual can show inability to pay the fee;
Are not of such magnitude to preclude use by a significant portion of the community; and do not exceed what is appropriate based on other facilities used for similar services.
In cases where the facility provides multiple services, such as a community center, FEMA reviews additional items to determine the primary service that facility provides, such as:
U.S. Internal Revenue Service documentation
Pre-disaster charter, bylaws, and amendments
Evidence of longstanding, routine (day-to-day) use (e.g., a calendar of activities)
Facilities established or primarily used for political, athletic, religious, recreational, vocational, or academic training, conferences, or similar activities are not eligible
The FEMA representative present said the goal is to have in Harris County a ratio of 7 nonprofit applicants/ 1 FEMA Program Delivery Manager (i.e. case worker)
The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) does not have the same staffing as FEMA and will assign TDEM Consulting Affiliates to work with nonprofit applicants. Those affiliates will come from four accounting firms: CohnReznick, Ernst & Young, Grant Thornton, and Horne.
The Harris County TDEM Grant Coordinator = Rebekah Kennedy, 713-967-7011 or 512-284-3463 or firstname.lastname@example.org. She's the go-to person if you need assistance with working with your consultant affiliate or you want to connect with a Regional Disaster Finance Coordinator.
The state also has assigned two Regional Disaster Finance Coordinators to the Houston area - Beth Stroke and Mike Widtfeldt. They can help nonprofits set up their accounting systems both manually and digitally so they can properly track the FEMA assistance money from Day One.
Again the deadline to turn in the RPA to FEMA is October 4, 2017 for Categories C - G. Nonprofits should also get in by that day the Designated Sub-recipient Agent Form (DSA) and the Direct Deposit Authorization Form (DDA) to move the process along as efficiently as possible.
After an outpouring of concern about the fate of artists and smaller cultural organizations, several arts leaders initiated the Harvey Arts Recovery Fund that will accept tax-deductible flood recovery donations for artists and arts organizations affected by the recent floods. The Fund will be housed at the Houston Arts Alliance, a 501(c)(3) public charity.
Members of the Local Action Group who have stepped forward to initially manage the fund Are Fresh Arts, Dance Source Houston and Culture Works Greater Houston.
Click the link below to make a contribution electronically. If you prefer to pay by check, please make it payable to Harvey Arts Recovery Fund, and mail it to the following address:
Harvey Arts Recovery
C/O Houston Arts Alliance
3201 ALLEN PARKWAY, SUITE 250
HOUSTON, TX 77019
Local action group raising money to help individual artists and small and mid-sized arts and cultural organizations that suffered losses in the floods caused by Hurricane Harvey
Houston, September 6, 2017 – Not-for-profit organizations dedicated to serving the Greater Houston arts and cultural sector have joined together to launch the Harvey Arts Recovery Fund.
The Fund will accept tax-deductible donations to provide aid to individual artists who suffered personal and professional losses during Hurricane Harvey and the flooding that followed, as well as financially assist small and mid-sized arts and cultural organizations rebuilding after Harvey.
The Fund will be housed at the Houston Arts Alliance (HAA), a 501(c)(3) public charity, and support the disaster recovery needs of the Greater Houston arts, culture, and creative community in the 10-county region of Harris, Fort Bend, Montgomery, Brazoria, Galveston, Liberty, Waller, Chambers, Austin and San Jacinto.
“The arts and cultural community is deeply woven into the fabric of Houston and contributes significantly to the quality of life for residents; we are proud to support the collaborative efforts toward recovery. We have learned from other disasters that this is not a short-term proposition, especially for artists and smaller organizations that are particularly vulnerable. Our united strength highlights our resolve to maintain the arts and culture that help to make Houston an international economic force,” said Debbie McNulty, director of the City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (MOCA).
Houston arts patrons Leslie and Brad Bucher made the first donation to the Fund. Houston Endowment will provide seed funding for the initial infrastructure support. A founding board member of CultureWorks Greater Houston, Brad Bucher said: “As Houston’s attention and work shifts from rescue and emergency relief to repair and restoration, we need our city’s artists and arts and cultural organizations to help us heal from this trauma. But they can’t help fix what Harvey broke if they’re overwhelmed by their own financial losses.”
Houston’s arts and cultural sector’s post-disaster needs could be substantial.
Artists often function as self-employed workers doing commissioned projects, freelance gigs and contract work for individual patrons, art and cultural nonprofits and for-profit businesses. Almost 40 percent of small businesses never reopen their doors following a disaster because just a few inches of water can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Recovering from disaster-related setbacks hinges on having the right insurance coverage. However, 69 percent of artists are likely underinsured for business property, according to a survey conducted by CERF+, The Artists Safety Net. Homeowner’s and renter’s insurance typically don’t cover losses related to art businesses run out of homes, garages and studios on residential property.
Plus, fewer than 20 percent of Houston area homeowners have flood insurance, according to Associated Press reporting on National Flood Insurance Program records.
In essence, performing and visual artists are one-person businesses under threat of not being able to get back up and running in the next few months.
Similar concerns exist for small-to-mid-sized arts and cultural organizations. Even those that have flood insurance may not have business interruption insurance that would cover payroll during the recovery
“As the local nonprofit arts and culture agency, the Houston Arts Alliance closely tracks the well-being of our city’s arts community in good times and bad,” said Philamena Baird, HAA’s board chairman and interim CEO. “The Harvey Arts Recovery Fund will help arts organizations with limited resources survive this unexpected crisis.”
Want to help neighbors? Do you want to offer programs or services to those impacted? Fill in the below form and our team will be in touch with you once we are ready to deploy your talents/services/programs to those who need them most:
Do you as an individual Artist or Small-Mid sized organization need assistance? Please fill out the preliminary below form. We will be following up with everyone individually as we progress forward.
1) Harvey Arts Recovery Fund DONATION INFO
2) Harvey Arts Recovery Fund REQUESTING GRANT/ASSISTANCE
3) Impact/damage assessment tool to assist with insurance claims and funding