Because the arts bring communities to life.
With $160K of support from ECCF’s Creative County Initiative, the Essex County Creative Nonprofit Resiliency Grant Program succeeded in helping forty-seven creative nonprofits weather the early economic devastation of COVID-19, and the CCI creative network continues to grow and strengthen as a result. The Essex County Artist Fund remains open for individual artists economically affected by COVID-19.
We have had to close down our museum, shut down our aquarium and wet lab, release or relocate our animals, discontinue our school-based programming, cancel field trips, cancel our 20th Anniversary fundraiser, and cancel our public offerings. Fundraising has diminished considerably (and rightly!) as people give to social services organizations. We have lost other service-based revenues including our store and event income that fund our mission and programs. The uncertainty of our ability to receive our normal summer income has forced us to make difficult staffing decisions in the aquarium and administration, which reduces our ability to maintain/recover our community services and educational programs. Our projected loss of income is difficult to calculate due to the unknown regarding our fundraising and event donation losses. We have canceled $6200 in events, lectures, and class field trips last month. Our actual losses for known revenues due to cancellations and shutdowns since 3/1/20 is $36,601 compared to last fiscal year during the same period. These numbers will continue to magnify each successive month as we enter our income-generating season in a reduced capacity, for a projected summer loss of $218,000 or more.
Non-Profit: Maritime Gloucester – Gloucester
Learn more: maritimegloucester.org
Mission: The mission of Maritime Gloucester is to inspire students and visitors to value marine science, maritime heritage and environmental stewardship through hands-on education and experiences. Our educational programs support our community through summer education programs and our award winning, STEM programs within the local schools. We teach maritime science education with a sense of place to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade student, inspiring them to become better cultural and environmental stewards. For many years, the science programming offered by MG was the only science the elementary student received. Our work continues as we attempt to support local schools with virtual content and support the teachers in this process, including those Title 1 schools in our local system.
Learn more about the Essex County Community Foundation