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University of Michigan releases resource guide for nonprofits seeking public assistance


A new resource guide developed by the University of Michigan’s Youth Policy Lab offers timely information for Michigan nonprofits providing emergency response services as a result of COVID-19.
 
As the nation faces the crisis and prepares for the related economic downturn, many nonprofit organizations are on the frontlines responding to community basic needs such as food and shelter. Like small businesses, they face this with financial challenges.

To support nonprofits who have stepped up to respond, the federal government recently authorized the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide funding under its public assistance program to help nonprofit organizations recoup some of the increased costs they're incurring as a result of emergency response efforts. 

 The Michigan Resource Guide for Nonprofits Seeking COVID-19 FEMA Public Assistance was assembled by U-M’s Youth Policy Lab, a research partnership between Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the Survey Research Center at the Institute for Social Research. (See the report at http://youthpolicylab.umich.edu/covid-19-resources/ near the bottom of the page.) The Youth Policy Lab is committed to working with nonprofits/government agencies to improve Michiganders’ outcomes.

 The resource guide helps eligible nonprofit organizations understand program requirements and applications so communities don’t lose out on critical resources. Non-profits must send critical information to the Michigan State Police by April 30 in order to be included in the state's application to FEMA.

“Nonprofits are busy keeping people safe, alive and fed right now, and many aren't able to devote the substantial energy and time required to digest these dense, federal regulations,” said Andrea Plevek, executive director of the Youth Policy Lab. “Helping nonprofits... is critical at this stage of the response because the demand for social services will only grow as we begin to feel the economic and social fallout from this crisis.”
The Youth Policy Lab has been developing a broader network of faculty, staff and students poised to respond to this type of need from the government and nonprofit sectors. In close partnership with other research centers at the Ford School of Public Policy, the Youth Policy Lab has launched the COVID-19 Consultant Corps to help respond to requests for assistance.

The CCC will deploy interested students in service of emergent, COVID-19-related policy and research projects. “The CCC demonstrates the strong commitment of the Youth Policy Lab, the Ford School of Public Policy, and the broader University of Michigan community to public service,” Plevek said.



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