Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

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

Financial assistance:

  • 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:

State of Iowa:

Osceola Regional Health Center:

Iowa Workforce Development:

More Business Resources:

Resources for non-profits:

USDA Resources:

Other resources:

  1. Free Counseling available to ALL Iowans through new COVID Recovery Iowa program. (6.1.2020)
  2. Iowa renter/homeowner assistance program is accepting applications. Visit here or click here for the program overview (5.29.2020)
  3. 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. 
  4. Iowa Resource Coordination Center to help farmers through the pandemic (5.7.2020)
  5. Alliant Energy Energy Assistance (5.1.2020)
  6. 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. 
  7. Iowa Legal Aid: 2020 Coronavirus Outbreak: What you need to know
  8. Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers
  9. Child Care Guidance in Response to COVID-19 from Iowa Child Care Resource & Referral. For questions call (877) 216-8481.
  10. Funding Opportunities Available to Childcare Programs
  11. DHS Child Care Availability

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