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Bullet action-alerts, policy · Apr 01, 2020

Ask Congress to Help Scientific Organizations Deal With COVID-19

Please take a few moments to write to your members of Congress about providing scientific organizations with critically needed aid to help cope with financial loss due to COVID-19.

On March 27, 2020, Congress passed the CARES Act, providing $2 trillion for emergency assistance and health care response for individuals, families, and businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic. This stimulus package includes some aid for nonprofit organizations, including scientific societies, in the form of emergency small business loans and incentives for charitable donations.

However, further assistance is required to help scientific societies deal with the impacts of coronavirus-related cancellations of scientific conferences, workshops, and other meetings. In addition to nonprofit scientific societies, natural history museums, botanical gardens, and other research institutions with large public programming require critical aid to cope with economic losses as they reduce, postpone, and cancel public programs, including formal and informal science education programs.

You can contact your members of Congress about supporting scientific organizations now from the AIBS Legislative Action Center.