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ORGANIZING DURING COVID19 

In this toolkit, you will find resources targeted to activists, advocates and grassroots groups to care for your communities + build people power.

 

It includes digital tools, grants, and webinars from our network of partner organizations. 

We welcome your additions: 

arondon@ma-smartgrowth.org.

Updated April 29, 2020

 

Grants + Resources

Funds available for grassroots groups, non-profits and small businesses

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TRANSPORTATION/ 

MOBILITY

T4MA released a grant to advance work at the intersection of transportation and social justice. Applications may include organizational capacity-building for transportation-focused initiatives, advocacy, community engagement, programming, the Transportation and Climate Initiative, and/or other activities. 

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NONPROFIT + BIZ

Crowdfunding campaign by Patronicity:  

Engage your community to help support your business or commercial district

Loans Available for Nonprofits

in the CARES Act

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SMART GROWTH RESOURCES

MAPC is providing resources and facilitating conversations among municipal leaders from across the state. They have a page on best practices, resources, and information on how to keep residents safe, healthy, and informed while keeping city and town governments running. 

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HOUSING + NEED ASSISTANCE 

CHAPA released a page with immediate assistance resources during COVID-19. It includes housing & shelter, food access, legal aid, Childcare Personal Care Attendants (PCAs) and employment/unemployment.  

Webinars + Tools  

A curated list of online events, tools and remote organizing webinars.

For additional events and webinars go to our calendar.

HOUSING

Weekly Affordable Housing Coronavirus Response Virtual Meeting

CHAPA is hosting a weekly virtual meeting to discuss ongoing efforts to put in place policy solutions to address the housing challenges facing our community.

The COVID-19 Layoff Housing Gap

MAPC released an update to "The COVID-19 Layoff Housing Gap" with the latest unemployment data. Here's the research brief, "The COVID-19 Layoff Housing Gap."

Establishing an Emergency Rental Assistance Program Virtual Training 

MHP published guidelines and a checklist on utilizing local resources like Community Preservation Act funds for rental assistance.

 

For more information, contact MHP’s Shelly Goehring at sgoehring@mhp.net.

TRANSPORTATION

Virtual Street Talk Series by LivableStreets

April 22

From the Beltway to the Bay State: How will the federal response to COVID-19 impact our streets and what can you do about it? 

April 29

Walk this Way: How do we keep people healthy and safe on our streets?

May 6

Don't stand so close to me: How to keep transit moving, while keeping people safe?

May 13

Transportation and Housing: What will make communities resilient in the future?  

 

NATIONAL CONVERSATIONS

Adapting Streets to COVID-19

In this webinar, the League of American Bicyclists is joined by advocates who have worked with their communities to adapt streets to provide more space for people biking and walking. We are excited to be joined by Karen Yacos from Local Motion in Burlington, Vermont; Randy LoBasso from the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia; and Dave Campbell from the East Bay Bicycle Coalition in Oakland, California.

 

NATIONAL CONVERSATIONS

Walking and Walkability in the Time of COVID-19: New Policies and Practices

The coronavirus pandemic has created new realities for every aspect of our lives. This webinar will explore how walking and walkable community advocacy have been affected by physical distancing, stay-at-home orders, a slower economy, and racial and economic disparities in the impact of the virus. Presentations will discuss why it’s especially important to stay active right now, how new policies and practices might help you do so safely, and what we can all learn about the future of the national walking movement and social justice issues in the face of this crisis.

 

NATIONAL CONVERSATIONS

Community Resilience & COVID-19

In response to the current pandemic and in collaboration with Pueblo Planning, the Untokening community will come together throughout May and June to continue to share ideas, uplift community-based narratives and strategies, and create a healing space for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) community leaders, advocates and practitioners engaged in mobility justice. 

Bi-weekly Zoom calls

Fridays at 3PM EST

May 1, 15, 29

June 12, 26

NATIONAL CONVERSATIONS

National Association of City Transportation Officials Webinars 

NACTO-produced webinars, video and audio recordings that highlight emerging practices and themes in city and transit agencies’ responses to COVID-19

CLIMATE

The Environmental League of Massachusetts (ELM) "Wednesday Webinars" series. 

Join ELM series to virtually learn about the intersectional issues of climate, health, journalism, the economy, activism, and more. 

Wednesdays from 12-1pm.

Taking Action on Climate While Physically Distancing

MCAN's webinar to learn how you can take meaningful action on climate on the local, state, and federal level while staying physically distanced and socially connected. [Webinar slides]

Declaring a Climate Emergency: How to Build Your Campaign in Uncertain Times

Join MCAN, 350 Cape Cod, and the Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative to learn about the first steps to declare a climate emergency using community organizing. [Webinar slides

ORGANIZING, ENGAGEMENT + RACE

Tools for facilitating an engaging digital meeting, from managing technology to coordinating participation.

How do you facilitate an engaging digital meeting? MAPC Community Engagement staff discuss tools and give advice for running digital forums, managing technology, coordinating participation, and achieving your meeting goals.

MAPC Webinar: Virtual Meeting Best Practices

People of color are disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and its economic fallout. PolicyLink is working to make sure that medical care, emergency relief, and longer-term recovery efforts target the people and places in greatest need by advancing an intersectional equity policy agenda for federal, state, and local leaders driven by Principles for a Common-Sense, Street- Smart Recovery, and bringing a sharp focus on the racial implications of the crises through a weekly commentary and media analysis project.

NATIONAL CONVERSATIONS

COVID19 & Race

MCAN's webinars on how to use tools in Google Suite to take your organizing online, from Docs to Drive.

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Internet Tools for Remote Organizing

As meetings and activities shift to virtual, remote or online formats, leaders from SmithGroup's Urban Design Practice share insight for ensuring equitable representation, involvement and transparency in public engagement processes. 

Equitable Community Engagement during a Global Pandemic & Beyond

Nelson\Nygaard put together a set of principles for inclusive engagement, including baseline equity criteria to consider when selecting an engagement strategy and accompanying tools whether analogue and/or digital.

Principles For Equitable Public Outreach & Engagement During Covid-19 and Beyond

 
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