Assistance & Funding for Businesses & Organizations

Below are links to resources and funding that have been made available for businesses, organizations, and communities during the COVID-19 crisis.


National Endowment for the Humanities Grant

NEH will award grants to museums, libraries and archives, historic sites, independent research institutions, professional organizations, colleges and universities, and other cultural organizations across the country to help these entities continue to advance their mission during the interruption of their operations due to the coronavirus pandemic.

• Maximum award amount$300,000 

• Open to Organizations 

• Period of performance June 15, 2020 to December 31, 2020 

• Application available April 20, 2020 

• Application due May 11, 2020 

• Expected notification date June 15, 2020 

• Project start date June 15, 2020
 

https://www.neh.gov/program/neh-cares-cultural-organizations


Hello Alice Resources & Grant

Hello Alice is offering $10,000 grants being distributed immediately to small business owners impacted by coronavirus, as part of our broader mission to ensure Business for All. In addition to funding, grant recipients will receive ongoing support from the Hello Alice community.
 

The Hello Alice Resource Center is updated daily, with real-world funding, resources, and support for small business owners adapting to the impacts of coronavirus.
 

https://www.covid19businesscenter.com/


$5,000 Save Small Business Fund

The Save Small Business Fund is providing $5,000 in short-term relief to employers across the United States, including chambers of commerce. These one-time supplemental cash grants are for businesses that have between three and 20 employees and operate in an economically vulnerable community – North East (16428) is ELIGIBLE and applications can be submitted starting TODAY. To apply visit:
https://www.savesmallbusiness.com/



 
Independent Contractor Guide to Assistance

U.S. Chamber has released a useful guide for independent contractors and self-employed individuals to help them access assistance under the Federal CARES Act.  This includes loans through the Paycheck Protection Program and the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, as well as Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. See the guide below:
https://www.uschamber.com/report/independent-contractors-guide-cares-act-relief
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Nonprofit Member Resource GuideA resource guide from the NonProfit Partnership, this webpage is home to resources regarding the virus in relation to the nonprofit sector and to best prepare yourself and your organization.
https://www.yournpp.org/resources/resource-library/covid-19.html


SBA Links


State Of Pennsylvania Resources


US Chamber Resources

Emergency Loan Guide: 
https://www.uschamber.com/sites/default/files/023595_comm_corona_virus_smallbiz_loan_final.pdf

Economic Injury Disaster Loan Guide: 
https://www.uschamber.com/report/guide-sbas-economic-injury-disaster-loans

Employee Retention Tax Credit Guide: 
https://www.uschamber.com/report/guide-the-employee-retention-tax-credit


SBA ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOAN & EMERGENCY GRANT
 


Overview
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act temporarily expands eligibility for SBA economic injury disaster loans (EIDL) and provides an emergency advance of up to $10,000 to small businesses and private non-profits harmed by COVID-19 within 3 days of applying for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). To access the advance, you first apply for an EIDL and then request the advance. The advance does not need to be repaid under any circumstance, and may be used to keep employees on payroll, to pay for sick leave, meet increased production costs due to supply chain disruptions, or pay business obligations, including debts, rent, and mortgage payments. 
 
Eligibility
In addition to the entities that are already eligible for SBA disaster loans (small businesses, private non-profits, and small agriculture cooperatives), eligibility is temporarily expanded to include:

  • Business entities with 500 or fewer employees:
  • Sole proprietorships, with or without employees
  • Independent contractors
  • Cooperatives and employee owned businesses
  • Tribal small businesses
  • Private non-profits of any size.

 
Additionally, you must have been in business as of January 31, 2020. Expanded eligibility criteria and the emergency grants are only available between January 31, 2020 and December 31, 2020.
 
How to Apply

  • You can apply for an EIDL online with the SBA.
  • When you apply, you can request an emergency grant of $10,000.
  • The SBA will provide the grant within 3 days of receiving your application.
  • You will not have to repay the grant, even if your application for a loan is denied.
  • You can visit an SBA resource partner who can help guide you through the loan application process. You can find your nearest Small Business Development Center (SBDC) or Women’s Business Center here.

 
Can I apply for other SBA loan programs?
If you apply for an EIDL and the grant, you can still apply for a Paycheck Protection loan. However the amount forgiven under a Paycheck Protection loan will be decreased by the $10,000 grant.
 
More Information
For more information about SBA loan programs, please visit the  Small Business Administration . More information about small business programs in the CARES Act can be found on the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship  website .
 


Status of Federal Stimulus Bill – Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act


PA Resources for Individuals (Unemployment, Financial Help, Food Assistance, 2019 Tax FAQs)


State of Pennsylvania COVID-19 Links for Businesses


ECGRA COVID-19 IMMEDIATE HUMAN RELIEF FUND GRANT

  • The 2020 COVID-19 Immediate Human Relief Fund will focus on four main priority areas to protect Erie County’s most vulnerable populations affected by the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The funding categories are as follows: 1.) Food security and emergency food distribution; 2.) Homeless shelters; 3.) Child care; and 4.) Elder care
  • Funds can be used for additional staff time and/or personnel required during this emergency, supplies, messaging and communications, professional consultants, contracted services, food and personal care items, and transportation.
  • There will be no required match for this grant program.
  • Applicants must be either 501 (c)(3) non-profit organizations, municipalities, or municipal authorities.
  • For more information, please contact Tom Maggio at tmaggio@ecgra.org or 814-897-2694 .
  • Click HERE to Apply ONLINE

SBA ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOANS

  • This afternoon, SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza issued the disaster declaration for Pennsylvania, making EIDLs available statewide to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). 
  • SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. 
  • These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.
  • Please visit https://sba.gov/disaster to apply for an EIDL loan. 
  • For additional information, please visit http://www.SBA.gov/disaster .  
  • For questions, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center at 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.  

ERIE GIVES COVID-19 RAPID RESPONSE FUND

  • Grant funds will be prioritized to:
    • Provide food to those in need
    • Care of our children
    • Serve the elderly, who are the most vulnerable population to COVID-19
    • Help those suffering from hardships and job loss due to the COVID-19
  • Now through April 1 — Applications will be accepted. 
  • No grant match is required.
  • While a limit on size of grants has not been set, awards will be assessed based on need, funds available, etc.
  • Funds may be used for both service delivery and salaries/overhead as essential to emergency response and viability.
  • A community review committee will access the proposals. Award decisions will be made by April 3.
  • Click HERE to Apply