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Thanks to Frank Taff for submitting the following information:



The Paycheck Protection Program provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities.

 Fully Forgiven


Funds are provided in the form of loans that will be fully forgiven when used for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities (due to likely high subscription, at least 75% of the forgiven amount must have been used for payroll). Loan payments will also be deferred for six months. No collateral or personal guarantees are required. Neither the government nor lenders will charge small businesses any fees.

 Must Keep Employees on the Payroll—or Rehire Quickly


Forgiveness is based on the employer maintaining or quickly rehiring employees and maintaining salary levels. Forgiveness will be reduced if full-time headcount declines, or if salaries and wages decrease.

 All Small Businesses Eligible


Small businesses with 500 or fewer employees—including nonprofits, veterans organizations, tribal concerns, self-employed individuals, sole proprietorships, and independent contractors— are eligible. Businesses with more than 500 employees are eligible in certain industries.


When to Apply


Starting April 3, 2020, small businesses and sole proprietorships can apply. Starting April 10, 2020, independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply. We encourage you to apply as quickly as you can because there is a funding cap. 

 How to Apply


You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating. All loans will have the same terms regardless of lender or borrower. A list of participating lenders as well as additional information and full terms can be found at


The Paycheck Protection Program is implemented by the Small Business Administration with support from the Department of the Treasury. Lenders should also visit or for more information.

Thanks to David Lewis for compiling and submitting the following information related to the CORVID-19 pandemic

The AAM  (American Alliance of Museum) and the AASLH (American Association for State and Local History) have compiled a lot of resources dealing with a wide variety of topics such as developing online educational resources, and how to fundraising during a pandemic.

American Alliance of Museum's - Information for the Museum Field on the COVID-19/Coronavirus

There are also a lot of great questions and answers posted in the AAM's:

Museum Junction Open Forum:

American Alliance of Museum's - Information for the Museum Field on the COVID-19/Coronavirus

The AASLH has a large assortment of fantastic webinars:
• Recorded Webinar: AASLH Conversations: Consultants Weathering the Storm
• Recorded Webinar: AASLH Conversations: Building a No-Cost Virtual Tour of Museums
• Recorded Webinar: Museum Closed. Open for Impact.
• Recorded Webinar: AASLH Conversations: Planning for an Uncertain Financial Future

and helpful leaflets:
• Technical Leaflet 288: Advocating for Your Organization with Local Government
• Technical Leaflet 250: Managing Through Hard Times

You must "register" for access - but most are being offered FREE! - see:

American Association for State and Local History - COVID -19 Resources

The Fire Museum Network Resource Guide is currently being edited.  The latest version will be posted here soon!

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The Fire Museum Clipart Book is available here to view or download:

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Other Useful Files and Links:

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