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Federal resources are now available to assist small business owners during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Information on this page has been gathered from various resources. This is a rapidly changing situation, so check the websites and social media accounts of the entities below for the most up-to-the-minute information.

If you are a government agency or entity and would like your information added to this page, please submit your information via email.

State COVID-19 Resources  Local COVID-19 Resources  Specialty COVID-19 Resources   NEW SBA Recovery Resources

U.S. Government Services and Information

Access the most recent information regarding the official U.S. Government Response to the Coronavirus.

Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Congress’s latest coronavirus relief package, the CARES Act, is the largest economic relief bill in U.S. history and will allocate $2.2 trillion in support to individuals and businesses affected by the pandemic and economic downturn. Learn More

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Task Force

Access the latest information from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Task Force at the White House. Learn More

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The CDC offers a wide variety of information regarding COVID-19 including specific guidelines for businesses. Learn More

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus. Resources will be updated as new information is available. Learn More

U.S. Department of Agriculture

COVID-19 is having wide impact on various industries and the USDA has compiled answers to its impact on the Agricultural Industry from food access and animal health to research and infrastructure. Learn More

Economic Development Administration (EDA) Public Works Grant – CARES Act Supplementation

The EDA Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) Program has been allocated an additional $1.5 billion from the CARES Act. This effort falls under the EDA’s CARES Act Recovery Assistance. The Atlanta regional office, Alabama’s jurisdiction, has been allocated $248 million. Learn More

  • Match Amount: between 0% and 20% and that discretion is up to the regional office.
  • Eligible Applicants: work with the applicable Regional Planning Commission to make sure a project fits within their Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)
  • Successful Applications “will enable affected communities to respond to the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic by supporting affected businesses and communities, including by providing technical assistance to retain existing and hire new employees; by providing a range of skills-training and workforce development projects to help employees compete for high-quality jobs; and by developing and implementing strategies to diversify regional economies to create jobs in new or existing industries.”
  • Examples of projects possibly funded include “economic recovery planning and preparing technical strategies to address economic dislocations caused by the coronavirus pandemic, preparing or updating resiliency plans to respond to future pandemics, implementing entrepreneurial support programs to diversify economies, and constructing public works and facilities that will support economic recovery, including the deployment of broadband for purposes including supporting telehealth and remote learning for job skills.”

Department of Education // Reimagine Workforce Preparation Grant Program

A higher education discretionary grant program designed to provide students the opportunity to develop new skills, provide innovators and inventors the resources to expand existing businesses or build new ones, and encourage institutions of higher education to foster business development and innovation as America begins to recover from COVID-19-related disruptions to education and our economy. Read the press release. Learn More

  • States must demonstrate a burden created by the coronavirus pandemic and propose a project that will support people living and working in their communities, specifically along one of two tracks:
    1. Expanding educational opportunities through short-term, career pathways or sector-based education and training programs.
      • Grantees are invited to propose the development or expansion of short-term education programs, including career pathways programs, to help prepare unemployed or underemployed individuals for high demand jobs in their community or region; and/or
      • Grantees are invited to propose the development or expansion of industry sector-based education and training programs that lead to a credential that employers in a given sector recognize and reward
    2. Supporting local entrepreneurship through small business incubators
      • Grantees are invited to submit applications that help colleges and universities make their faculty, staff and facilities more accessible to small businesses in their communities, and to ensure that institutions can sustain their operations at a time when enrollments are declining and campus buildings may be underutilized, including through the creation of small business incubators that are on the campus of, or affiliated with, one or more colleges and universities in the state.
  • Deadline is 24 August 2020

U.S. Department of Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor has resources to help workers and employers prepare for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) which includes workplace safety; wages, hours, and leave; unemployment insurance flexibilities; support for dislocated workers and status, etc. Learn More

On April 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor announced new action regarding how American workers and employers will benefit from the protections and relief offered by the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act, both part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The Department’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) posted a temporary rule issuing regulations pursuant to this new law, effective April 1, 2020. Learn More

U.S. Department of Labor – Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

OSHA’s COVID-19 webpage provides information for workers and employers about the evolving coronavirus outbreak first identified in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The information includes links to interim guidance and other resources for preventing exposures to, and infection with, the novel coronavirus. Learn More

Department of Labor – Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC) Grant

The U.S. Department of Labor is making funds available via the Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC) initiative to implement innovative approaches to provide enhanced training and support activities to dislocated workers, new entrants in the workforce, incumbent workers, and individuals affected by substance use disorder returning to work. Successful awards will support workforce development activities that prepare eligible participants for good jobs in high-demand occupations aligned with a state, regional, or community economic development strategy. Communities across Appalachia, especially those underserved by other resources, are encouraged to apply.

  • View Application
  • Deadline July 29th
  • Pre-Application Webinars
    • 29 May 2020 // 1 PM EDT // Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC) Grants Round 2 Prospective Applicant // Learn More
    • 1 June 2020 // 10 AM EDT // Managing the Grant Writing Process // Learn More
    • 2 June 2020 // 2 PM EDT // Demonstrating Need & Strategic Alignment // Learn More & Register
    • 3 June 2020 // 10 AM EDT // Writing Competitive Applications // Learn More & Register
    • 4 June 2020 // 10 AM EDT // Outputs, Outcomes, Impact, and Sustainability // Learn More & Register
    • 5 Junie 2020 // 10 AM EDT // The SF-424, 424-A, & the Budget Narrative // Learn More & Register
    • 8 June 2020 // 10 AM EDT // Attachment A in Lieu of the Project Narriative // Learn More & Register

FCC COVID-19 Telehealth Program

The COVID-19 Telehealth Program will provide $200 million in funding, appropriated by the (CARES) Act, to help health care providers provide connected care services to patients at their homes or mobile locations in response to the novel Coronavirus 2019 disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Learn More

  • Program is limited to by nonprofit and public eligible health care providers
  • Program will provide immediate support to eligible health care providers responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by fully funding their telecommunications services, information services, and devices necessary to provide critical connected care services until the program’s funds have been expended or the COVID-19 pandemic has ended.

Federal Reserve Main Street Lending Program

The Federal Reserve established the Main Street Lending Program (Program) to support lending to small and medium-sized businesses that were in sound financial condition before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn More

  • The Main Street Lending Program will allow Eligible Lenders to make New Loans, Priority Loans or Expanded Loans on existing debt to Eligible Borrowers who have less than 15,000 employees or less than $5 billion in 2019 annual revenues.
  • The Program incorporates several SBA Regulations, such as “ineligible businesses” and “affiliation” rules for determining eligibility.
  • The Eligible Borrower will have to agree to certain prohibitions on stock buyback, paying dividends, making capital distributions, and limitations on executive compensation for one year after the Eligible Loan is no longer outstanding.

U.S. Department of Treasury

This COVID-19 webpage provides information and assistance for small business on the Paycheck Protection Program, lender and borrower information, application forms, final rules and FAQ. Learn More

U.S. Small Business Administration

The SBA is the only cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small business and provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s only go-to resource and voice for small businesses. Learn More

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP): An SBA loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. The Paycheck Protection Program will be available through June 30, 2020. Learn More

Revisions for Full Forgiveness Applications and the Paycheck Protection Program were announced June 17, 2020 for a more efficient process and make it easier for businesses to realize full forgiveness of their PPP loan. The EZ application requires fewer calculations and less documentation for eligible borrowers. Details regarding the applicability of these provisions are available in the instructions to the new EZ application form.

NEW Recovery Resources // January 2021

  • Paycheck Protection Program: 1st and 2nd Draw PPP Loans now available! Find a lender & more information.
  • COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans: EIDL now available through December 31, 2021: for small businesses and nonprofit organizations that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Learn More
  • SBA Debt Relief: Do you have a 7(a), 504 or Micro Loan already? Debt Relief is available here.
  • SBA Express Bridge Loans: Applying for an EIDL loan and need funds? The Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program allows small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly. Learn More
  • Shuttered Venue Operators Grant: Eligible applicants may qualify for SVO Grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. Learn More

World Health Organization (WHO)

The WHO offers a global perspective on the COVID-19 pandemic including advice, live news streams, research and development, mythbusters, and FAQ. Learn More

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) CARES: Cultural Organizations // Deadline May 11, 2020

NEH will provide grants of up to $300,000 to sustain humanities organizations and preserve jobs in the cultural sector. Learn More

  • NEH will award grants to museums, libraries and archives, historic sites, independent research institutions, professional organizations, colleges and universities, and other cultural organizations.

National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)

As small businesses across the country are grappling with the current and potential impacts associated with COVID-19, NFIB is continuing to track the latest developments from health care officials, Congress and the administration. They know small business owners are acting now to take necessary precautions, but also need to understand how actions taken by policymakers today affect business operations down the road. Find up-to-date resources from NFIB and outside organizations. Throughout this time, NFIB will continue to offer webinars, legislative monitoring, and additional resources. Learn More

National PTA COVID-19 Relief

National PTA is pleased to announce that we will be distributing $1.25 million dollars in COVID relief funds to over 150 local and District/Council/Region PTAs across the country. Learn More

  • Applications open June 1 – July 12
  • Award Amounts – $5,000 for local PTAs; $15,000 for District/Council/Region PTAs
  • Awarded Funds must address on of the following:
    • Food Security
    • Mental Health /Social Emotional Support
    • Distance Learning
    • Internet and Device Access

Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) // “Keep Calm and Small Business On”

America’s SBDCs are working to help small businesses address the challenges of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Learn More

Main Street America

Community is at the heart of Main Street America. As COVID-19 begins to have an increasingly significant impact on communities across the country, we are compiling existing resources, opportunities, and community response examples to help Main Street districts during this crisis. Learn More

Main Street Lending Program

The Federal Reserve published updated term sheets for the Main Street New Loan Facility (MSNLF) and the Main Street Expanded Loan Facility (MSELF), as well as the new Main Street Priority Loan Facility (MSPLF). Learn More

  • The Main Street Lending Program will allow Eligible Lenders to make New Loans, Priority Loans or Expanded Loans on existing debt to Eligible Borrowers who have less than 15,000 employees or less than $5 billion in 2019 annual revenues.
  • The Program incorporates several SBA Regulations, such as “ineligible businesses” and “affiliation” rules for determining eligibility.
  • The Eligible Borrower will have to agree to certain prohibitions on stock buyback, paying dividends, making capital distributions, and limitations on executive compensation for one year after the Eligible Loan is no longer outstanding.
  • Main Street Lending Program FAQ

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The coronavirus pandemic is affecting small businesses in a variety of ways. From loss of business to remote work, things are changing fast during the COVID-19 outbreak and businesses are being forced to adapt. The CO– website by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is working to bring you the best resources and information to help you navigate this challenging time. Learn More

Save Small Business Fund // U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

The Save Small Business Fund is a grantmaking initiative offering short-term relief for small employers in the United States and its territories. Applications for businesses affected by COVID-19 will open April 20, 2020. Learn More

  • Eligibility Requirements
    • Employ 3-20 people
    • Be located in an economically vulnerable community
    • Have been harmed financially by the COVID-19 pandemic

Congressman Robert B. Aderholt

Congressman Aderholt represents Alabama’s 4th District in Washington, D.C. Visit his website to get information on the Coronavirus and government stimulus programs associated with the outbreak. Learn More

Department of Justice Emergency Supplemental Funding Program

Department of Justice announced the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program to help public safety agencies respond to the challenges posed by the outbreak of COVID-19. Download PDF

FAA: Airport Grant Amounts

The Federal Aviation Administration today announced the amount that individual airports will receive in CARES Airport grant funding. Learn More

Federal Reserve

As of April 20, 2020, the federal reserve anounced a new $2.3 trillion round of loans that include even more support for small businesses and consumers. These lones, for the first time, will include states, cities and municipalities. Read the News Release

Military Resources

Movemeant Financial Relief Grants

Awarding Covid-19 Relief Grants to fitness and wellness instructors. This includes financial assistance up to $1,000 to teachers and instructors who are implementing new resources for their new digital business ideas. Learn More

Funds can be used for:

  • Wellness instructors may purchase new software, website, and email tools to implement their digital wellness curriculum.
  • Fitness instructors may purchase similar software as described above, plus physical products like cameras, lightning and props to create a home studio.

Access the application

USDA Grant Funding

The Distance Learning and Telemedicine program helps rural communities use the unique capabilities of telecommunications to connect to each other and to the world, overcoming the effects of remoteness and low population density.

  • Second Application Window for Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program Funding Open.  Learn More
  • Electronic applications for window two may be submitted through grants.gov beginning April 14, 2020.  Apply Now