Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources
Please continue to check this page for updated resources to assist businesses and our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Small business grants: 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.
- COVID-19 Agriculture Relief Programs: The Iowa Beginning Farmer Debt Relief Fund and the Iowa Livestock Producer Relief Fund provide short-term relief to eligible Iowa farmers. The Iowa Biofuels Relief Program provides relief funding to eligible biofuel producers located in Iowa. INFO. Applications are accepted beginning August 31, 2020, at 8am until funds are exhausted.
- Eligibility Expanded for Iowa Small Business Utility Disruption Prevention Program - Eligibility criteria has been expanded to include utility assistance for eligible small businesses and nonprofits for electric or natural gas service provided between March 17, 2020 and October 15, 2020. Eligible small businesses and nonprofits must have experienced a COVID-19 loss of income. Full eligibility information and the application is available at https://www.iowaeconomicdevelopment.com/Business/energy-recovery. The program will accept applications through October 31 or until all funds have been exhausted. Questions can be addressed by calling 515.348.8914 (toll free: 855.300.2342).
- Assistance for Iowa Renters and Homeowners - This program will provide short-term relief to income-eligible renters and homeowners who are at risk of eviction or foreclosure. Click here for full info.
- The Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) application portal is open to eligible small businesses, non-profits, and agricultural businesses impacted by COVID19. Apply for assistance here: https://sba.gov/disaster.
- IRS Tax Credits:
- 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.
- Publication 5419, New Employer Tax Credits helps 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.
- More IRS info: www.irs.gov/coronavirus
- Helpful contacts:
- SBA now has a page on SBA.gov devoted to rural businesses. Rural small businesses are an integral part of local economies and communities. Learn more about SBA resources for rural businesses by going to sba.gov/rural.
- SBA Coronavirus info
- SBA Iowa
- SBA disaster hotline 1-800-659-2955 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Spencer SBDC office
State of Iowa:
- Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration, ordering additional mitigation efforts (8.27.2020)
- IEDA and IDPH Mitigating COVID-19 Q&A - Frequently asked questions with answers to assist Iowans with virus containment (8.21.2020)
- Governor Reynolds’ Open Letter to Iowans on COVID19. Watch here. (8.7.2020)
- Gov. Reynolds is holding bi-weekly press conferences - tune in Tuesday and Thursday of each week at 11am on Governor Reynolds' Facebook page. (8.3.2020)
- State Launches #StepUpMaskUpIA to Slow the Spread of COVID-19
- Test Iowa site
- Iowa COVID-19 website
- Iowa Department of Public Health website
- Dr. Gregory Kosters, Chairman of the Osceola County Board of Health and Physician at Avera Medical Group Sibley discusses current information about treatments and vaccines. Check the Osceola Regional Health Center Facebook page for a number of new videos on a range of COVID-19 topics. (8.10.2020)
- Talking with Children about COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) (8.5.2020)
- Avera New Normal Business Toolkit (7.8.2020)
- Osceola County (IA) Mental Health Coalition statement (6.29.2020)
- Avera COVID-19 Workplace Guidelines
- F.A.C.E. (Faith And Community Engage) Masks - Osceola Regional Health Center is seeking volunteers to sew cloth masks
- Lost Wages Assistance program - Iowa Workforce Development is accepting applications and processing claims under the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program. LWA benefit payments will be received by claimants in 5-7 business days. The LWA program pays eligible claimants an additional $300 per week and the first payment will include retroactive payments to the week ending Aug. 1, 2020. To receive an LWA benefit payment, claimants must be eligible to receive at least $100 in unemployment benefits per week, and the individual must self-certify that s/he is unemployed or partially unemployed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. https://www.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov/lost-wages-assistance
- Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) Program: for 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)
- PTO and Unemployment Benefits Talking Points
- Unemployment insurance customer service line: 1-866-239-0843.
- Covid 19 for workers
More Business Resources:
- SBA, IRS and WHD Present Coronavirus Tax Relief Webinar for Employers and Business Owners - Join the Iowa District Office, the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Dept. of Labor, and the IRS to discuss Coronavirus Tax Relief for employers and business owners. During this webinar, you’ll learn about the Employee Retention Credit, and Paid Sick Leave and Paid Child Care Leave. These programs offer a credit on employment taxes to business owners who participate. The Webinar will be held on Tuesday, September 15th from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. It will be hosted by the SBA's Iowa District Office and held via Microsoft Teams. Join here.
- FAQs about COVID-Related Employment Law Compliance (7.21.2020)
- The Iowa Economic Development Authority published guidance for businesses working to reopen to the public. Click here for signage, checklists and additional guidance.
- It's important to adhere to safety measures in order to limit the spread of COVID-19. OSHA has prepared safety guidelines for many industries here.
- Iowa's SBDC has produced new resources with printable posters and checklists that businesses can use as they reopen. Visit www.iowasbdc.org/back2biz.
- COVID-19 Customizable Flyer (US Chamber of Commerce)
- Business Capacity Calculations (Iowa Dept of Public Safety)
- Retail Ready to Reopen COVID19 Resources
- Small Biz Best Practices (from ISU Iowa Retail Initiative)
- Resources for Restaurants
- State of Iowa to strengthen enforcement of social distancing requirements for food and alcohol businesses (8.3.2020)
- Restaurant Reopening Guidelines
- Was Your Business Mandated Closed Due to Covid 19? Iowa Restaurant Association has prepared this chart to help businesses determine what lost revenue has been and will be. (5.26.2020)
- To help foodservice workers navigate this crisis, ISU Extension and Outreach's family finance program specialists are providing one-on-one financial conversations.
- Iowa Restaurant Association resources
- Small Business Development Center COVID-19 Small Business Resources
- CDC Resources for Businesses and Employers
- OSHA Guidance for COVID-19
Resources for non-profits:
- Iowa Nonprofit Recovery Fund: Applications are now closed.
- Resources for Nonprofit Organizations from the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines
- Nonprofits and Coronavirus, COVID-19
- USDA Implements Immediate Measures to Help Rural Residents, Businesses and Communities Affected by COVID-19 (9.2.2020)
- USDA to Provide $1 Billion in Loan Guarantees for Rural Businesses and Ag Producers
- USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program
- USDA Offers Farm Loans for Farmers Facing COVID-19 Related Challenges.
- USDA's COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide (4.13.2020)
- Free Counseling available to ALL Iowans through new COVID Recovery Iowa program. (6.1.2020)
- Iowa renter/homeowner assistance program is accepting applications. Visit here or click here for the program overview (5.29.2020)
- A 24/7 hotline has been set up for Iowans to call with COVID-19 related questions. Call 211 or 1-800-244-7431. The Iowa Concern Hotline is also available on 800-447-1985.
- Iowa Resource Coordination Center to help farmers through the pandemic (5.7.2020)
- Alliant Energy Energy Assistance (5.1.2020)
- COVID-19 Multi-Lingual Hotline: Interpreters in high-demand languages are available from 8:30am-5pm with a 24-hour voicemail at 1-877-558-2609.
- Iowa Legal Aid: 2020 Coronavirus Outbreak: What you need to know
- Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers
- Child Care Guidance in Response to COVID-19 from Iowa Child Care Resource & Referral. For questions call (877) 216-8481.
- Funding Opportunities Available to Childcare Programs
- DHS Child Care Availability
School District Updates: