COVID-19 Resources

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, DDI has put together a running list of resources for downtown businesses and residents in need, as well as a status report on what we and local government entities are doing to assist. The situation is very fluid, so this page will be updated often as new information becomes available.

If you're a business owner who would like to discuss available assistance in more detail, please contact President/CEO Nicole Thompson at [email protected].

 

Want to help?

This page is primarily for those seeking resources, but we have also included information on how you can help support local businesses and their staff. Thank you for supporting the downtown Durham community.

Where to find the latest information about COVID-19

These federal, state and local resources are reliable and are updated regularly with new information about the pandemic and ways to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Closure Status

Effective May 18, the city and county updated Durham’s stay at home order, extending it until further notice. Durham’s order adopted most of the Governor Cooper’s statewide order but there are key differences. Below is a table comparing the city and state stay at home orders. Please visit the city webpage for more information to include FAQs.

 State Exec. Order 138; Effective May 8Durham County Order: Effective May 15
Commercial ActivityPeople can leave home for commercial activity; more businesses open (essential & non-essential designations removed).People can leave home for commercial activity; more businesses open (essential & non-essential designations removed).
Retail50% capacity allowed with cleaning & disinfecting.50% capacity allowed with cleaning & disinfecting.
Gatherings10-person limit; gathering outdoors with non-household members allowed. For funerals, 50-person limit.10-person limit; gathering outdoors with non-household members allowed. For funerals, 25-person limit.
ChildcareOpen for working parents or those looking for work.Open for working parents or those looking for work.
TeleworkingEncouragedEncouraged
Bars and RestaurantsClosed except for curbside/ takeout/carryoutClosed except for curbside/ takeout/carryout
Barbers, Salons, MassageClosedClosed
Theaters, Music Venues, Bowling AlleysClosedClosed
GymsClosedClosed
PlaygroundsClosedClosed
Visitation at Long-Term Care CentersNot allowedNot allowed
Worship ServicesOutdoor services allowed10-person limit indoors with social distancing & sanitation requirements. Outdoor services allowed with no person limit and social distancing & sanitation requirements. Virtual services encouraged.
Parks, Trails, GreenwaysOpening encouragedOpen; DPR recreations centers closed.
Face CoveringsEncouragedRequired
Summer CampsAllowedDPR camps closed.
Sports/Recreational ActivitiesAllowed for social distancing.Allowed for social distancing.
Real EstateN/AModifications made to permit showings of occupied dwellings; restrictions remain.

 

State of North Carolina Announces Modified Stay At Home Order and Transition to Phase 1 of Easing Restrictions Effective May 8

The Order removes the distinction between essential and non-essential businesses. Retail businesses are allowed to open at 50% capacity and will be required to direct customers to stand 6 feet apart, perform frequent cleanings, provide hand sanitizer when available, screen workers for symptoms and more. The Order allows people to leave their homes for commercial activity at any business that is open.

Certain businesses remain closed, including bars, personal care businesses, entertainment venues, and gyms. Restaurants may only continue to serve customers for drive-through, take out and delivery.

All workers at retail and other businesses are recommended to wear cloth face coverings. Teleworking is still encouraged for businesses that can practice it.

Though small outdoor gatherings will be allowed in Phase 1, gatherings of more than 10 people generally are still prohibited. The Order encourages cloth face coverings to be worn when outside the home and in contact with others. Everyone who uses a face covering should adhere to this guidance without fear of profiling or bias.

During Phase 1, childcare facilities will be open to serve families of parents who are working or looking for work. These centers will be required to follow strict cleaning protocols. Summer day camps can operate in compliance with NC DHHS guidelines.

Read the press release, which links to FAQs here.

The City and County Stay-at-Home Order in effect through May 15 supersedes the State of NC order except with regard to retail establishments. 

Mayor Schewel issued the follow statement:

"The unified local Stay-at-Home Order by Durham County and City, originally issued in late March with the latest amendment extending the order until May 15, remains in force in all particulars with the exception of regulation of retail sales. In the area of retail sales, Governor Roy Cooper's executive order of May 5 specifically pre-empts all local regulations and requires statewide compliance with the executive order's retail regulations. Retail businesses should look to the governor's executive order for guidance.”

City and County Stay-At-Home Order Amended, Extended Through May 15

On Friday, April 24 the City and County extended Durham’s stay-at-home order through Friday, May 15.  In addition to this extension, the order now allows non-essential goods and services to operate provided social distancing and sanitation requirements are followed and there is no in-store customer traffic.  See Section 5 of the new Durham State at Home Order.

State of North Carolina Updated Stay-At-Home Order Amended, Extended Through May 8

On Thursday, April 23 Governor Cooper extended NC’s stay-at-home order through Friday, May 8.  The press release lists specific benchmarks that the state must meet in order to enter a three-phase process of incrementally relaxing current restrictions. Find a PowerPoint presentation here and the Governor’s Press Release here.

City and County Updated Stay-At-Home Order Effective April 20

The amended City-County Stay-At-Home Order, addresses the wearing of face coverings, noted in Provision D Social Distancing and Sanitation Requirements, item 10:

a) Requires people to wear a clean face covering any time they are or will be in contact with other people who are not household members in public or private spaces where it is not possible to maintain social distance such as grocery stories, pharmacies, business location and public transit. While wearing the face covering, it is essential to still maintain social distance insofar as possible since social distancing is the best defense against the spread of Coronavirus.

The updated order includes specific rules to support farmers markets and the ability to sell food and plants. Click here for a link to “Guidelines for Farmer’s Markets to Operate During the Stay at Home Order.” The rules detail market set up, use of hand washing stations, operation, closing and enforcement.

Finally, the Order provides updated information by which realtors are to operate during this period. Open houses and in-person showings of occupied homes are prohibited. In-person showings of vacant houses for sale or for rent are permitted under  conditions listed here.

State of North Carolina Updated Stay-At-Home Order Effective April 9

This Order offers clear requirements that essential businesses must implement in order to safeguard the health of customers and employees. Some of the directives include:

  • Setting limits of how many people can be in a store at one time, 5 people per 1,000 square feet of retail space or 20% of fire marshal posted occupancy limits
  • Marking 6 feet of distance for areas where people gather like checkout lines
  • Requiring specific cleaning measures for retail stores

The Order encourages:

  • Implementing hygiene recommendations for employees and customers, like hand sanitizer at the doors and face coverings for workers
  • Establishing designated shopping times designated for high-risk groups
  • Creating barriers between customers and employees at checkout to lower the risk of required interactions

Creating barriers between customers and employees at checkout to lower the risk of required interactions

The Order states these requirements will last for thirty days unless extended by further executive action.

City and County Combine and amend Stay-At-Home Order Effective April 4

Specific provisions of the combined and amended order are as follows:

  • Reduces the number of people who can gather in public or private to five, down from 10 in the previous order.
  • Clarifies questions from realtors by continuing to allow virtual showings only, but no in-person showings as strongly recommended by the Director of the Durham County Department of Public Health.
  • Bans all sports which involve shared equipment including tennis.
  • Requires social distancing and sanitation practices in all retail stores that remain open because they are essential. All stores are required to do their best to protect their workers and customers through social distancing and sanitation rules and practices. This will be enforced by the Durham Police Department and the Durham County Office of the Sheriff.
  • Farmers markets may operate by pickup and delivery only.
  • Any businesses providing services in a residential setting shall have their employees wear a mask covering the mouth and nose.
  • Community fitness centers in subdivisions and in apartment buildings must be closed.

State of North Carolina Stay-At-Home Order Effective March 30 to April 29

Governor Cooper announced on March 27 that the state of North Carolina will go under a Stay at Home Order as of Monday, March 30 at 5 p.m.

The Order directs people to stay at home except to visit essential businesses, to exercise outdoors or to help a family member. Specifically, the order bans gatherings of more than 10 people and directs everyone to physically stay at least six feet apart from others.

The Order does not supersede local orders.

Durham County Stay-At-Home Order Effective March 29 to April 30

Board of County Commissioners Chair Wendy Jacobs announced a Stay-At-Home Order for all Durham County residents to help stop community spread of the virus. The order went into effect at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 29, 2020, and will remain in effect until April 30, 2020.

The order is largely an extension of the City of Durham’s order, adding just a few revisions and extending it to the entire County, including Research Triangle Park (RTP), Treyburn Corporate Park and the unincorporated areas of Durham County.

An important addition is the requirement that employers perform temperature checks of their employees when they report to work. Any employee with a temperature above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit must be sent home. This, along with a few other social distancing and sanitation requirements can be found in Section D of the order (page 5 of 13).

City of Durham Stay-At-Home Order Effective March 26 to April 30

In light of growing concerns regarding COVID-19, City of Durham Mayor Steve Schewel has issued a Stay-at-Home Order for all city residents to further help stop the spread of this virus.

Effective Thursday, March 26, 2020, beginning at 6 p.m., this order requires all city residents to remain in their homes until April 30, 2020 as part of an attempt to reduce the number of new COVID-19 infections in Durham.

Exceptions to the order will be allowed for those seeking medical treatment, buying food, or exercising outdoors. Essential workers, such as hospital and medical staff, law enforcement and firefighters, food service and grocery store employees, local government employees, etc., will be allowed to travel to work. The order will not prohibit restaurants from providing take-out or delivery options. It also does not prohibit daycares, homeless shelters, and government agencies from operating. The order will be enforced by the Durham Police Department.

All City of Durham facilities, including City Hall, police headquarters, fire stations, and Durham Parks and Recreation facilities and playgrounds, remain closed to the public until further notice.

Durham One Call along with many City staff from all departments are teleworking and are available during normal business hours to provide assistance either by phone or by email. The City’s website is also fully operational and allows residents to easily make water bill payments and submit online services requests. Durham One Call will also be available by phone at (919) 560-1200, through their free smartphone app available in the Apple and Google Play stores, and through their webpage.

Public safety employees in police, fire, and the emergency communications center (911), along with other City employees such as those who work in the Water Management, Solid Waste Management, and Fleet Management Departments, will continue their duties while observing social distancing and hand sanitization best practices.

Federal Help for Businesses and Individuals

Warning About Business Assistance Scams

There are organizations and entities that are advertising that they can provide assist businesses during the PPP process….for a “small” fee.  DO NOT BE FOOLED BY THIS. There are numerous entities that provide free assistance – LaTasha Best-Gaddy at SBTDC,  LaShon Harley at SBC, the Women’s Business Center of North Carolina ([email protected]) and the 7a banks. Please, do not be tricked into thinking you need to pay for assistance.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance - NEW

NC Independent contractors and self-employed workers out of work because of COVID-19 can apply for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance beginning Friday, April 24. Pandemic Unemployment Assistance is a federal program for people who are unable to work as a result of COVID-19 and not eligible for regular state unemployment benefits, such as self-employed workers and independent contractors (1099 employees). More information, including how to apply, can be found here. Apply for the grant here.

Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act (Stimulus Bill)

On March 27, the U.S. Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act stimulus bill. 

Local Efforts to Help Businesses

North Carolina COVID-19 Relief Bills

On May 4, Governor Cooper signed two relief bills into law. The relief package, which was passed unanimously, includes almost $1.6 billion in relief measures for critical expenditures related to public health and safety, educational needs, small business assistance, and continuity of state government operations. Of this amount, $1.4 billion has been appropriated and $150 million is set aside in a reserve fund for future local government needs. Provisions that apply to businesses are below.

  • Accrual of Interest:  Directs the Department of Revenue (DOR) to waive the accrual of interest on any individual income, corporate or franchise tax returns for the period from April 15, 2020 through July 15, 2020. 
  • Refund Claims Deadline:  Extends the dates for filing certain refund claims.  Any claim for a refund of income or franchise taxes, which would otherwise be due between April 15, 2020 and July 15, 2020 would otherwise be considered timely if filed by July 15, 2020.
  • Tax Appeals Deadlines:  Extends the deadlines for taking certain actions in connection with tax appeal proceedings.  Any filings required to be made after April 1, 2020 and before July 15, 2020 would be considered timely if filed by July 15, 2020.
  • Limited Business Immunity:  Gives essential businesses and emergency response entities immunity from civil liability claims from a customer or employee as a result of conducting business with or being employed by these entities during the pandemic.
  • Small Businesses:  Appropriates $125 million to the Golden Leaf Foundation for additional low-interest loans to small businesses impacted by COVID-19.
  • Read the full bills here: 

From Park Durham:

 All changes are effective beginning at 6 p.m. on  Thursday, March 26, and will be in place until further notice. 

  • 1.  The PARKDurham Customer Service Center is closed until further notice. Residents will still be able to conduct business over the phone at 919-560-4157 or online (links below). Beginning Friday, March 27, phones will be open from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. from Monday through Friday to answer questions. Customers can still make credit card payments for parking citations using the following online platforms: 
  • 2. Monthly Parking Permit Customers  
    • a. During this period, customers may make payments by check or money order by mailing payments to PO Box 1370, Durham, NC 27701. Please make the check payable to the "City of Durham."  
  •  3. Off-Street Parking Garages and Lots 
    • a. Parking garage and surface parking lot operations have been suspended. The gates to all facilities will be open until further notice. 
  •  4. On-Street Metered Parking Spaces 
    • a. In response to Governor Cooper’s executive order that closed all restaurants and bars in North Carolina except for takeout and delivery orders, we  have  converted  many  on-street metered parking spaces in downtown Durham to Curbside Delivery Zones. These spaces will return to on-street metered spaces once Governor Cooper’s executive order is lifted. We strongly encourage customers to only park for the actual time needed to pick up restaurant orders.  
    • b. An image of the Curbside Delivery Zone signage can be found  here.  
  • 5. On-Street Parking Enforcement 
    • a. Parking enforcement ambassadors have suspended issuing parking citations for nonpayment at  pay  stations and overtime parking.  
    • b. Parking enforcement will be limited to on-call requests to issue parking citations in the downtown area  for  illegal  parking in loading zones, sidewalks, fire lanes, bus lanes, ADA parking spaces, crosswalks, etc. 
  • 6. Facilities Maintenance 
    • a. Facilities  maintenance  and custodial  efforts in City-owned parking garages have been suspended until further notice.   

Rent/Mortgage Renegotiation

  • Commercial property owners are encouraged to  apply for assistance under the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Fund. IF you have payroll or detailed and specific information on independent contractors that work for the business, you may be eligible for PPP. 
  • DDI has reached out many downtown property owners encouraging them to work with their tenants on monthly rental payments. Contact your landlord, and ask that they work with you on discounting or deferring payments until the mandate is lifted, and that they offer flexibility as things return to normal once the crisis ends.

Taxes

  • State taxes: The NC Department of Revenue has waived late filing and payment penalties for businesses and individuals affected by COVID-19. More information.
    • DDI is in contact with Representative Zack Hawkins, and we have requested that he work with his colleagues to allow businesses to defer sales and payroll tax payments during the crisis. More information to follow as we have it.
  • Federal taxes: The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service are providing special filing and payment relief to individuals and businesses in response to the COVID-19 Outbreak. The IRS urges taxpayers who are owed a refund to file as quickly as possible. 
    • Individuals: Income tax payment deadlines for individual returns, with a due date of April 15, 2020, are being automatically extended until July 15, 2020, for up to $1 million of their 2019 tax due. This payment relief applies to all individual returns, including self-employed individuals, and all entities other than C-Corporations, such as trusts or estates. IRS will automatically provide this relief to taxpayers.  Taxpayers do not need to file any additional forms or call the IRS to qualify for this relief.
    • Corporations: For C Corporations, income tax payment deadlines are being automatically extended until July 15, 2020, for up to $10 million of their 2019 tax due.
    • More information.
    • UPDATE: Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced on March 20 that the federal income tax filing deadline has been extended to July 15, 2020. More information.

Unemployment

  • Governor Cooper's Executive Order of March 17, instituted the following changes to unemployment insurance benefits to aid workers and employers affected by COVID-19:
      • Removed the one-week waiting period to apply for unemployment payment for those workers who lose their jobs;
      • Removed the requirement that a person must be actively looking for another job during this time when many potential employers are closed and social distancing guidelines are in effect. 
      • Directed that employees who lose their jobs or, in certain cases have their hours reduced due to COVID-19 may apply for unemployment benefits.
      • Directed that employers will not be held responsible for benefits paid as a direct result of these COVID-19 claims. 
      • Waived the requirement that people must apply for benefits in person; workers can apply for benefits online or by phone.
      • More information.
      • For answers to your specific questions about unemployment benefits, email [email protected].
  • Unemployment Benefits for Sole Proprietors
      • The Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) program provides unemployment benefits to individuals who have become unemployed as a direct result of a Presidentially declared major disaster.
      • In order to qualify for this benefit your employment or self-employment must have been lost or interrupted as a direct result of a major disaster declared by the President of the United States. You must have been determined not otherwise eligible for regular unemployment insurance benefits (under any state or Federal law).
      • More information

 Utilities

  • Duke Energy and Dominion Energy have suspended all home and business nonpayment disconnections. 
  • Duke Energy has also announced that it will waive late payment fees and fees for returned payments until the national state of emergency is lifted.
  • Spectrum small business and residential customers who face difficult economic circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic will not have their internet, TV, or voice service terminated. In addition, the company will not charge late fees for those customers facing difficult economic circumstances related to the pandemic.

Online Meetings/Conferences/Webinars

These organizations are hosting regular webinars during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Resources for Business & Organizations

Loans

  • Small Business Association
  • Golden LEAF NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Loan
    • The North Carolina COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Lending program supports North Carolina small businesses and family farms as they recover from the economic impact of COVID-19. This rapid recovery loan helps small businesses bridge the gap between when crisis strikes and when federal loans, insurance payouts, and other relief funds are approved, or businesses have time to recover. UPDATE: As of March 26, Golden Leaf has received applications in excess of the current $15 million funding level and are actively seeking additional funding to expand the program. Applications already submitted are being processed in the order they were received. You are welcome to continue with your application, and Golden Leaf will review it as additional funding becomes available.
    • Apply for a Rapid Recovery Loan

Grants

  • Duke Durham Fund Phase 1 - $1 Million for Emergency Relief - OPEN NOW

    Duke is now providing rapid relief grants up to $5,000 to community-based organizations that are supporting basic needs in Durham. To date, they have received more than 100 applications and have granted more than $200,000. They are actively reviewing open applications. Eligible organizations may complete the short application online at any time, and organizations that received funding in April may reapply for additional funding during round two which opens on May 18, and round three in June. Applications for emergency relief for the community are available at  community.duke.edu/give

  • Phase 2 of the Duke-Durham Fund - Funds for Nonprofit Organizations - OPEN NOW

    Phase 2 of the Duke-Durham Fund is now open for large nonprofits to apply. This Phase was created to respond to the needs of our most vulnerable Durham residents as a result of the pandemic by investing in non-profits responding to immediate COVID-19 Recovery needs. The Corporate Partnership for Durham – COVID-19 Recovery Fund provides grants between $25,000-75,000 for nonprofits that address large-scale, community-wide services related to food security, emergency housing assistance, education, support for healthcare workers, and other emergent issues stemming from COVID-19.  This fund is possible due to a corporate partnership between Duke and other corporations. Details and the application can be found in the For Large Nonprofits tab here: https://community.duke.edu/give/

 

 

Other Resources

Resources for Individuals

Fundraisers

  • Day One Fund

    This fund is being established as a partnership with Day One Disaster Relief and supported by community leaders: Mayor Steve Schewel;  City Council Members: Vernetta Alston, Javiera Caballero, DeDreana Freeman, Jillian Johnson, Mark-Anthony Middleton, and Charlie Reece; and members of The Durham County Board of Commissioners.

    The funds raised will be distributed to the most critical need, in the most equitable way possible.

    Apply for Funds

  • Durham Artist Relief Fund

    Funds donated here go directly to artists and arts presenters in Durham who have been financially impacted by cancellations due to COVID-19, with priority given to to BIPOC artists, transgender & nonbinary artists, and disabled artists (note: we will try to help as many artists with need in Durham as we can).

    Apply for Funds

Employment

  • Amazon 

    Per this article in the Herald-Sun, in North Carolina, Amazon expects to add 2,000 new jobs across the state, including more than 540 in the Triangle. The new jobs will be at the company’s many fulfillment centers and in its delivery network. Amazon is also planning to boost its minimum wage for employees, from $15 to $17 per hour, through April.

    Apply Here

Counseling

  • Disaster Distress Helpline 

    The Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7/365 crisis counseling and support for anyone in the U.S. experiencing distress or other behavioral health concerns related to any natural or human-caused disaster, including public health emergencies. Calls to 1-800-985-5990 and texts of “TalkWithUs” to 66746 are answered by a network of independently-operated crisis centers around the US, who provide psychological first aid, emotional support, crisis assessment and intervention, and referrals to local/state behavioral health services for follow-up care & support.

    • Spanish speakers can call the hotline and press “2” for 24/7 bilingual support or text “Hablanos” for Spanish to 66746
    • Deaf/Hard of Hearing – TTY 1-800-846-8517 or can text “TalkWithUs” to 66746
    • Callers to the hotline can connect with counselors in 100+ languages via 3rd party interpretation services; to connect with a counselor in one’s primary language, indicate preferred language to the responding counselor and they will connect to a live interpreter

    More Information

Reopening Guidelines & Suggestions

Utilities

  • City of Durham Water Department: Recommendations for Preparing Your Building/Facility for Reopening

    When buildings are vacant or operating at significantly reduced capacity for a long period of time, the water that would flow every day is left sitting in the pipes and devices. Disease-causing microorganisms, like the one that causes Legionnaires’ disease, can begin to grow. Corrosion control can be impacted. To make sure that you remove any stale and potentially unhealthy water in your building’s system, we are asking you to follow these steps as you prepare to reopen your property to employees and customers.

    The key to preparing your facility is to flush the water systems and devices. For larger buildings, a single flush isn’t enough to re-establish good water quality, so it’s important to plan ahead and include flushing as a part of the cleaning and routine maintenance that will have to be completed before reopening. This also protects the health of any staff or occupants still working on the premises. We recommend performing a final flush in the 24 to 48 hours before a building officially reopens.

    How to Flush Your Building's Water System

Ways to Help

Support local businesses with your business

Most businesses have suspended dine-in or shop-in services during the crisis, but many are offering other options for their customers. Call or check social media to see what services are available at individual businesses.

  • Use curbside or delivery services

    Even though venues cannot seat patrons, you can still enjoy food from many of your favorite downtown restaurants. Almost all restaurants that have remained open offer takeout and/or delivery. In addition, the many restaurants are now offering curbside services. Click the button below for a complete list of downtown restaurants with curbside service and/or delivery.

  • Purchase a gift card or shop online

    Gift cards put cash directly into the hands of local business owners, and many merchants have online stores where you can purchase their goods. The following downtown businesses offer gift cards or online shopping:

Add Your Business

Tell us about any special offers or services your business is providing that we may be able to help publicize.

Support Local Businesses and Staff with Donations

Downtown Durham, Inc. is providing this list as a service, and unless expressly indicated, is not affiliated with any of the fundraisers listed below. Please use your best judgment when giving to online fundraisers.

  • Day One Fund

    This fund is being established as a partnership with Day One Disaster Relief and supported by community leaders: Mayor Steve Schewel;  City Council Members: Vernetta Alston, Javiera Caballero, DeDreana Freeman, Jillian Johnson, Mark-Anthony Middleton, and Charlie Reece; and members of The Durham County Board of Commissioners.

    The funds raised will be distributed to the most critical need, in the most equitable way possible.

    As an example, the funds will be used to:
    - support individuals whose livelihood was impacted by the outbreak
    - purchase medical supplies
    - purchase cleaning supplies
    - provide community support for those who are most vulnerable

    **Aid will be distributed to communities who currently have confirmed COVID-19 diagnoses.**

    Any funds raised beyond what is needed to help impacted communities will be reserved for future community disaster relief in Durham and North Carolina.
    Day One Fund

  • Durham Artist Relief Fund

    Funds donated here go directly to artists and arts presenters in Durham who have been financially impacted by cancellations due to COVID-19, with priority given to to BIPOC artists, transgender & nonbinary artists, and disabled artists (note: they will try to help as many artists with need in Durham as they can).

    Durham Artist Relief Fund

  • Durham Arts Council Arts Recovery Fund

    All Fund proceeds will go directly to the Durham arts community impacted by COVID-19. This fund supports local nonprofit arts organizations, artists, artist collectives, arts presenters, arts venues and arts businesses.

    The DAC Arts Recovery Fund is working in partnership with the Durham Artist Relief Fund established by Northstar Church of the Arts. The two funds will support, cross-promote, and coordinate with each other to maximize resources available to the arts community. The Durham Arts Council Arts Recovery Fund is able to expand the emergency resources by attracting and administering dollars on behalf of public and private funders that are not able to channel their support through a GoFundMe platform. Individual donors may give through either campaign, or both.

    DAC Arts Recovery Fund

  • Duke-Durham Fund

    With an initial commitment of $5 million from Duke, the Duke-Durham Fund will provide assistance to area non-profits, small businesses, and community based organizations.

    Duke-Durham Fund