COVID-19 Response Resources for Museums and Museum Professionals

In response to COVID-19, many organizations and companies are offering resources to help museums navigate the ever-changing situation. Resources for both museums and museum professionals are listed below.

For a list of Ohio community foundations with active COVID-19 emergency response funds and resources, click here. 

Please note: This list is updated as OMA receives new information. Please contact OMA at [email protected] if you know of resources that should be added to this list.

Academic Museum and Galleries

Academic Museum and Galleries held a panel discussion webinar March 18.  This webinar covered issues related to COVID-19 and Academic Museums and Galleries. Learn more here.


AEP Foundation and other partners have created grants to support community resiliency initiatives that mobilize residents to address significant needs in their community as a result of the novel coronavirus. Grant awards will range between $500 to $2,000, and projects must take place prior to April 30, 2020. Learn more here

American Alliance of Museums

  • Information for the Museum Field on the COVID-19/Coronavirus
  • The American Alliance of Museums, Dexibit and Blooloop held the webinar “Visitor Attractions managing through crisis: COVID-19, March 19. Learn more here.
  • AAM has made available on their YouTube channel several "Education from Home" videos for museum professional development. Learn more here
  • AAM’s Financial Relief and Resources page – Learn more here.
  • AAM held the webinar, "Coronavirus Crisis Management for Museums," April 3. Learn more here
  • AAM has resources available for museums as they prepare to reopen to the public. Learn more here
  • AAM's Environment and Climate Network will hold the webinar: Looking Ahead: Sustainability Adding Value to Reopening, June 24, 2020 at noon. Learn more here. 

American Association for State and Local History

AASLH has a page of COVID-19 resources available. Learn more here.
AASLH is offering a new webinar series—AASLH conversations—to help practitioners and institutions discuss how to respond to the current crisis. Webinars include:

  • Leadership, Boards and the COVID-19 Crisis
  • Planning for an Uncertain Financial Future
  • Historic Sites and COVID-19
  • Structural Weaknesses Exposed by COVID-19
  • Empathetic Audience Engagement During a Crisis
  • Building a No-Cost Virtual Tour of Museums and Historic Sites with Clio
  • Consultants Weathering the Storm
  • Planning for an Uncertain Financial Future, Part Two
  • Historic House Call: Mission
  • Insurance Best Practices
  • How to Spot Opportunity When it is Disguised as Chaos
  • How to Build Your Own Successful Travel Trunk Program
  • Inclusivity During COVID-19 and Beyond

 Learn more here.

AASLH will hold the webinar, "You Are Not Alone: Reopening Small to Mid-Sized Institutions," May 15 at 3 pm. Learn more here

AASLH will hold the webinar, "Working with Your Board During a Crisis," June 10 at 3 pm. Learn more here

American Public Gardens Association

The American Public Gardens Association will hold a COVID-19 Leadership webinar, April 1 from 3-5 p.m. to talk about the provisions of the CARES act, SBA Loans, and paycheck protection program. Learn more here.

Americans for the Arts

Americans for the Arts has launched a COVID-19 Resource and Response Center. This website includes valuable links to funding/grant opportunities throughout the country. It also features a link to an economic impact survey aiming to “capture a broad spectrum of data and stories that will demonstrate how the arts and culture workers triumphed and survived this crisis as well as the effect of the outbreak on operations through cancelled events, lost wages, and additional expenses.” Access the survey and resource links here.

Americans for the Arts held the webinar: PPP Loan Forgiveness, May 29 at 3 pm. Learn more here

Artwork Archive

Artwork Archive and CERF+ have partnered for the webinar, "Rallying Together: Resources to Support Artists During COVID-19," April 21 at 2 pm. Learn more here

Association of Art Museum Directors

The Association of Art Museum Directors has resources available on their website. Learn more here.

Association of Midwest Museums

  • The Association of Midwest Museums has a recording of the webinar “Managing Your Business Through the Coronavirus Crisis,” March 15. Learn more here.

  • AMM has a recording of their webinar, “Creative Ways to Make Deadlines While Collaborating from Home,” recorded on March 24, 2020. Learn more here.

  • AMM has a recording of the webinar, “Launching Virtual Tours Quickly.”  View the recording here.

  • AMM and VAMONDE presented the webinar “How to Create Online Exhibits,” April 9. Learn more at:

  • AMM and OnCell held the webinar, "Augment App-Based Experiences for Onsite and Offsite Visitors," April 17 at 11 am. Learn more here

  • AMM and STEM Workgroup held the webinar, "Ask an Evaluator: Balancing Data Needs with Reality," April 21 at 10 am. Learn more here

  • AMM and VAMONDE held the webinar, "Digital Field Trips & Virtual Education Content," April 16 at 1 pm. Learn more here

  • AMM and Membership Consultants held the webinar, "Membership & Fundraising: How to Prepare for When Your Institution Reopens," April 23 at 12 pm. Learn more here

  • AMM is partnering with the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums and HUB International for Well-Being Week, May 4-8, 2020.Learn more here
  • AMM held the webinar "Avoiding a Traveling Exhibition Traffic Jam: Real-Time Case Studies," April 30 at 11:30 am. Learn more here
  • AMM and Mutual of America will hold the webinar "Market Volatility and Impact on Museums," May 14 at 3 pm. Learn more here
  • AMM, the Southeastern Museums Conference and Cuseum have teamed up to host "Reopening Plans in Action: A Moderated Panel of US and European Museum Leaders," June 5, 2020 at 10:30 am. Learn more here
  • AMM and HUB International presented the webinar "Workplace Conflict Prevention: Awareness & De-Escalation Training," June 9 at 2 pm. Learn more here
  • AMM and HUB International will present the webinar Conflict Prevention Session II: Foundational Awareness Training for All Staff and Volunteers, June 16 at 11 am. Learn more here

Benefactor Group

The Benefactor Group has several resources available for nonprofits, including the Donors + The CARES Act and Fundraisers + The CARES Act resources listed below. Learn more about Benefactor Group here
Donors + The Cares Act
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Fundraisers + The CARES Act
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Bloomerang has compiled a library of crisis fundraising advice, articles, opinions, webinars, videos and resources in the wake of the new coronavirus and its impact on the nonprofit sector. Learn more here. 

Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law on March 27, 2020, and will provide direct economic assistance for nonprofit organizations and businesses, as well as families and individuals. Available support includes Small Business Loans, Payroll Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loans. Learn more here.  

CDC Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Chronicle of Philanthropy

Resources from the Chronicle of Philanthropy to help nonprofits during the Coronavirus outbreak including resources on How to Manage, Lead and Communicate, Fundraising, Technology Solutions and Remote Work, and Self-Care.  Learn more here.

Chronicle of Philanthropy has a resource page on "How Nonprofits Can Apply for Loans and Other Emergency Benefits." Learn more here

Columbus Foundation

The Columbus Foundation held the nonprofit forum, "The Coronavirus Relief Act: What Nonprofits Can Do Now," April 7 from 10-11:15 am. Learn more here

Connecting to Collections Online Care Community

Connecting to Collections has archives of their C2C Care webinars, including "Using Social Media to Tell Your Collections' Stories," from 2010. Learn more here.

The Connecting to Collections Online Care Community held the webinar, “Collections Care in the Time of COVID-19,” April 2. Participants heard from panelists from the Harvard Library, Midwest Art Conservation Center, Yale University Library, Smithsonian National Collections Program and the Smithsonian Institution about collections storage situations, collections care standards, disaster plans, and the challenges of working from home. View the recording here


Cuseum held part one of the webinar “How to Keep Your Audience Engaged, Entertained and Inspired in the Age of Coronavirus," March 18. Learn more here.

Cuseum held part two of the webinar, “How to Captivate, Connect, and Communication with Your Audience During Coronavirus,” March 25. See the recording here

Cuseum held the webinar "Communicating with Your Members During Coronavirus," March 30. See the recording here

Cuseum held the webinar, "Reinforcing the Value of Membership During Coronavirus." April 6. Learn more here

Cuseum held the webinar, "How to Craft Meaningful & Mindful Digital Content in the Age of Coronavirus," April 8. Learn more here

Cuseum held the webinar, "Expanding the Member Experience During Coronavirus," April 13 at 3 pm. Learn more here

Cuseum held the webinar, "Thinking Outside the Box to Reach Audiences Inside Their Homes," April 15 at 2 pm. Learn more here

Cuseum held the webinar, "Fulfillment, Renewals & Budgets in Membership During Coronavirus," April 20, at 3 pm. Learn more here.

Cuseum held the webinar "Collaborating on Virtual Educational Programs During Coronavirus," April 22  at 2 pm. Learn more here

Cuseum held the webinar, "Messaging Communication & Events in Membership During Coronavirus," April 27 at 3 pm. Learn more here


ENTRO, and international branding and environmental design company, has made available for free download a series of graphics and sign types to encourage physical distancing, personal hygiene and protective behavior. Signs are available in multiple languages. Download the graphics here


This article from FORM outlines how to move education programs from in-person to online with 10 tips to migrate education content to online platforms for little to no cost. Learn more here

Gallery Systems

Gallery Systems has prepared and will continue updating a guide to COVID-19 funding offered to museums. Learn more here

Google for Nonprofits

Google for nonprofits has a list of resources to help organizations work remotely and host events online. Learn more here.


GrantSpace has created a list of emergency financial resources available for those organizations experiencing COVID-19 related hardships. This list is updated regularly. Learn more here.

Grants Plus

Grants Plus has created a Crisis Grant Funding Resources List for updates on new funding and emergency grant opportunities for organizations. Learn more here

Heritage Ohio

Heritage Ohio has a recording of the webinar "Utilizing Economic Injury Disaster Loans,” recorded on March 24. Joshua Stutzman from the U.S. Small Business Administration explained who is eligible and what steps to take to apply for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan. Learn more here.

Heritage Ohio held the webinar, "How to Create an Online Experience for your Customers to Support Your Brick and Mortar Business," April 8. Learn more here

Heritage Ohio held the webinar, "Small Business Administration Relief Programs," April 16 at 1 pm. Learn more here

Heritage Ohio will hold the webinar, "Reopening Your Business, Practical Considerations," May 13 at 1 pm. Learn more here

HUB International 

HUB International has created a library of materials to help leaders communicate effectively with their employees, including email templates, shelter at home flyers and more. Learn more here.

HUB International held the webinar “Small Business Assistance Available Under the CARES Act,” April 2 at 3 pm. Learn more here.

HUB International and Green Path Financial Wellness has a resource list and 800 number for employees that have been furloughed or laid off due to COVID-19. Learn more here

HUB International will hold the virtual roundtable: COVID-19 Return to Work Considerations, May 8 from 10-10:30 am, and again from 11-11:30 am. Learn more here

HUB International has Back to Business Playbook and Sample Return Work Letters available. Learn more here.  

Institute of Museum and Library Services

  • IMLS has a list of COVID-19 resources for libraries and museums. Learn more here.
  • IMLS will hold the webinar “Mitigating COVID-19 When Managing Paper-Based, Circulating, and Other Types of Collections,” March 30 at 1 p.m. Dr. David Berendes and Dr. Catherine Rasberry from the Centers for Disease Control will give an overview of the CDC’s guidance for community settings and environmental disinfection, and a discussion of how libraries, archives, and museums can help mitigate COVID-19 when working with paper-based, circulating, and other types of collections. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer period. Learn more here.
  • IMLS has announced new guidelines to how institutions with open grants may adapt their existing funds to address immediate needs to accommodate the disruption caused by coronavirus. Learn more here
  • IMLS has been awarded $50 million in Coronavirus relief funding, with over $1.05 million designated for Ohio. Funding will be distributed through State Library Administrative Agencies, and will be prioritized to expand digital network access, purchase internet accessible devices, and provide technical support services to citizens to address digital inclusion efforts and related technical support. Details about the funding process are forthcoming. Learn more here
  • IMLS and the Small Business Administration will has available on demand their webinar about the Paycheck Protection Program for Museums and Libraries. Learn more here.  
  • IMLS will hold another session of their webinar: SBA Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Issues for Museums and Libraries, June 9 at 3 pm. Learn more here

Independent Museum Professionals Network

The Independent Museum Professionals Network has compiled a list of tips for those new to working remotely. Learn more here

Independent Sector

Independent Sector has teamed with Washington Council Ernst & Young to create a new resource to show how the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) act will apply to your organizations and how to proceed with filing for assistance. Learn more here.

Independent Sector held the webinar on how to apply for funding through the CARES Act, April 2. Learn more here.

Independent Sector held the webinar "What's Next for COVID-19 Relieft for Nonprofits?," April 9.  Learn more here

International Foundation for Cultural Property Protection

The International Foundation for Cultural Property Protection has issued guidance for basic security during the current closures. Learn more here

The IFCPP has several past and upcoming webinars on Critical Protection Considerations During Closures. Learn more here

The IFCPP and MOAB International will hold the webinar, "Management of Aggressive Behavior Course, Module 1." Participants have 30 days to complete this course from the date of enrollment. Learn more here

International Coalition of Sites of Conscience 

The International Coalition of Sites of Conscience has resources and complimentary member consultations available. Learn more here

Know Your Own Bone

Colleen Dilenschneider from Know Your Own Bone has released the data article, “Post-Pandemic, Which Cultural Entity Types Are People More Likely to Revisit?” Learn more here.


LinkedIn has opened a number of free LinkedIn Learning courses that focus on being productive while working from home, including tips on using virtual meeting tools to build relationships in a new working environment. Learn more here.

Local History Helps

OMA is proud to partner with the Ohio History Connection’s Local History Office and the Ohio Local History Alliance for the Local History Helps webinar series. Two webinars are coming up in May: Three Case Studies in Planning to Reopen Your Museum, May 8 at 3 pm, and Human Resources Implications of Opening Your Museum, May 15 at 1 pm. Learn more here

Mental Health America

Coronavirus And Mental Health: Statement From Paul Gionfriddo, President And CEO Of Mental Health America.


MobileCause has customizable, fill-in-the-blank messages to help nonprofits communicate event and program changes to donors and stakeholders.Learn more here.

National Council of Nonprofits

The National Council of Nonprofits has an easy to read chart on loans available for nonprofits as part of the CARES Act. Learn more here.  

National Endowment for the Arts

The NEA  will provide no cost share/nonmatching grants in the fixed amount of $50,000. Eligible organizations include arts-related nonprofit organizations, units of state or local government, or federally recognized tribal communities or tribes. Eligible applicants must have received an Arts Endowment award within the past four years. Deadline for applying is April 22. Learn more here

National Endowment for the Humanities

The NEH has announced new grant guidelines designed to rapidly distribute CARES Act funding to cultural nonprofits affected by the coronavirus pandemic. NEH will provide grants of up to $300,000 that can be used for short-term activities that emphasize retaining or hiring humanities staff to maintain or adapt critical programs. Learn more here

Nonprofit Times

The Nonprofit Times held the free webinar, “COVID-19 & Nonprofit Response,” March 19. This webinar featured health professionals, fundraising experts and risk management authorities to provide guidance to nonprofits. Learn more here.

The NonProfit Times will hold the free webinar “Coronavirus And Your Message to Donors,” March 25 at 2 pm. A panel of fundraising experts will answer your questions, and talk about how to go about digital messaging to donors during the coronavirus pandemic. Learn more here.

The Nonprofit Times will hold the webinar, “Fundraising Today: How is COVID-19 Impacting Nonprofit Health?,” April 2 at 9 a.m. This candid conversation will cover how nonprofits and grantmakers are making strategic moves to ensure a path forward for philanthropy during this crisis. Learn more here.

Nonprofit times has assembled COVID-19 Resources to help nonprofit employers navigate the Coronavirus’s impact on organizations and their employees. Learn more here.

Nonprofit Times has created a CARES Act Guide to Financial Resources for Nonprofits. Learn more here

Nonprofit Quarterly

Nonprofit Quarterly has an article detailing how the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Art (CARES Act) may be beneficial to nonprofits.Learn more here.

Ohio Arts Council

Coronavirus Updates, FAQ, and Resources from the Ohio Arts Council. Learn more here.

Ohio Coronavirus Website

Learn more here.

Ohio Department of Health

COVID-19 Resource and Information Website

Ohio History Fund

The Ohio History Fund is offering Ohio History Fund COVID-19 Emergency Grants, ranging from $500-$3000 with no match required. These applications will be available May 1, with applications due June 1. Learn more here

Ohio Humanities

Ohio Humanities will be providing $750,000 in emergency relief grants for historical societies, museums, and other cultural organizations affected by COVID-19 health crisis. Funded by the CARES Act, the grants will help Ohio’s cultural community mitigate revenue losses, maintain staffing levels, and protect collections. Applications for emergency grants will be available beginning on May 1; the applications will be accepted on a rolling basis starting on May 15. Ohio Humanities intends to make the first awards by June 1, with funding continuing to be available throughout the summer. Later in the year, additional grants will be available to help cultural organizations deliver programs that maintain the health safety of patrons during a post-pandemic environment. Learn more here.

Ohio Museums Association

Our March #OHMuseumChat topic was "Responding to COVID-19.” This chat gave Ohio's museum professionals a platform to connect with colleagues regarding how the virus has impacted you and your museum, how your organization is dealing with the disruptions of closure and event cancellations/postponement, resources for support now and in the future, self-care during an uncertain time, and other topics that are important to museum pros during this rapidly changing situation. This chat is still available by searching #OHMuseumChat on twitter. Learn more here.

OMA held the webinar, "Fundraising in Troubled Times," April 14. Learn more here.

OMA will hold the webinar, "Membership Best Practices During and After a Closure," May 11 at 10 am. Learn more here.

OMA will hold the webinar, "Effectively Communicating Your Museum Reopen & Beyond," May 18 at 11 am. Learn more here

OMA's May #OHMuseumChat's topic is "Best Practices for Reopening Museums." The chat will take place at noon, May 21. Learn more here

OMA will hold the webinar, "Caring for Collections During COVID-19," May 26 at 10 am. Learn more here

Ohio Small Business Administration

The Small Business Administration is providing Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million per small business to assist with economic recovery. SBA Disaster Assistance Response to the Coronavirus is available HERE, and the Spanish version HERE. For detailed information on SBA programs for the coronavirus, visit and for information on all federal programs, visit

Productive Fundraising

Productive Fundraising with Chad Barger has several resources, including presentations and training sessions, to help nonprofits. Learn more here

Silent Partner Software

Silent Partner Software has a page of Resources for nonprofits, including government programs, employment forms, fundraising templates, communication during the crisis and more. Learn more here.

State of Ohio

The State of Ohio has opened the pre-registration process for unemployment claims for the benefit of an expanded pool of workers who have lost employment due to the Coronavirus pandemic. This coverage includes independent contractors (1099 workers), self-employed workers, freelancers, furloughed workers and workers in the "gig economy." Learn more here


TechSoup has a resources page for nonprofits impacted by COVID-19. Learn more here.

Texas Historical Commission

The Texas Historical Commission will hold the webinar, "Organizational Practices: A Digital Repository's Perspective," April 22 at 11 am. Learn more here

Taylor Studios

Taylor Studios, and exhibit design-fabrication company, has created a resource guide for disinfection of exhibits and visitor spaces. Download the guide here

UC Berkeley Events

UC Berkeley Events held the webinar: Trauma-Informed Approaches for Individual and Organizational Resilience. A recording is available here

US Travel

US Travel is collecting stories to share with Congress on how COVID-19 is impacting travel and they want to hear from museums! Each of the stories heard by members of Congress will help shape legislation aimed at relieving industries suffering from COVID-19, including travel and tourism. These stories will also be shared with OMA to help us in our advocacy actions to convey the impact the virus is having on Ohio museums. Tell your story here.


Vamonde has created a resource page, “Practice Ideas to Engage Visitors Digitally During COVID-19.” Learn more here.
Vamonde will also host the webinar “Creative Ways to Engage Audiences During COVID-19,” April 8 at 2 pm. This webinar will explore best practices for museums to build and share relevant digital content. Learn more here.

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