Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

Please continue to check this page for updated resources to assist businesses and our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Osceola Regional Health Center:

State of Iowa:

Financial assistance:

  • COVID-19 Small Business Utility Disruption Prevention Program: – This new program will provide short-term relief to eligible small businesses and nonprofits that faced significant hardship in the payment of utility bills for service provided during the months of disruption to their business due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program offers grants up to $7,500 to be applied to utility bill debt for eligible small businesses. Click HERE for eligibility info and to apply. Assistance will be provided to eligible applicants on a first come, first ready to proceed basis until all funds have been exhausted or August 21, 2020, whichever comes first.
  • Paycheck Protection Program - The Paycheck Protection Program has resumed accepting applications in response to the Paycheck Protection Program Extension Act. The program was extended to August 8. View the EZ Forgiveness Application and Full Forgiveness Application forms here. Revised Lender and Borrower PPP application forms. PPP recipients can begin submitting requests for loan forgiveness on August 10. Paycheck Protection Forgiveness PlatformFrequently Asked Questions about PPP Loan Forgiveness (8.4.2020)
  • The Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) application portal is open to ALL eligible small businesses, non-profits, and agricultural businesses impacted by COVID19. Learn more and apply for assistance: https://sba.gov/disaster.  All available funds for the EIDL Advance program have been allocated. By law, SBA is not able to issue EIDL Advances once program funding has been obligated and is no longer available. EIDL loan applications will still be processed even though the Advance is no longer available. For additional resources, small business owners are encouraged to visit www.sba.gov/coronavirus
  • Small business grants: LISC Small Business Relief Grants - Application period for round 6 opens on August 31. Before applying, please review the grant information and FAQ here. In addition, Hello Alice has a $10,000 emergency COVID-19 Business for All Grant to help small businesses in crisis. Grants are awarded on a rolling basis and are due September 25, 2020 at 2:00 am. Apply here.
  • IRS Tax Credits: Three new credits are available to many businesses hit by COVID-19/ .
    • The employee retention credit can help employers keep employees on their payroll. The new employee retention credit is 50% of up to $10,000 in wages paid by an eligible employer whose business has been financially impacted by COVID-19.
    • The IRS recently issued Publication 5419, New Employer Tax Credits to help employers understand that tax credits available to them due to the coronavirus pandemic. The one-page document breaks down the details of the Employer Retention Credit and the credits for paid sick and family leave in easy-to-follow charts. Using the document, employers can quickly determine whether they are eligible for the credits, the amount of the credits and which wages apply to the credits.
    • IRS News for Business July 2020
    • More IRS info: www.irs.gov/coronavirus
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Iowa Workforce Development:

  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) Program: If you received a notice that you have exhausted your initial entitlement of regular unemployment benefits, you may be eligible for 13 weeks of Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC). IWD will automatically transition your claim to this program at the end of your 26 weeks of benefits. Please continue to file your weekly claims throughout to ensure there is no break in your receipt of benefits. For more information on PEUC, visit the PEUC Information Page. If you have exhausted your PEUC benefits, visit the State Extended Benefits page
  • COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Unemployment Insurance Benefits for Employers (6.16.2020)
  • Iowa Workforce Development has partnered with Coursera to offer FREE online learning opportunities, courses, and certificate programs to Iowans during the pandemic. Register and enroll in courses by September 30, 2020 and complete those courses by December 31, 2020 at no cost to you. Request your Invitation here.
  • PTO and Unemployment Benefits Talking Points
  • Unemployment insurance customer service line: 1-866-239-0843.
  • Click HERE to watch an Employer Webinar: Covid-19 and Unemployment Benefits for Employers
  • Covid 19 for workers

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