Federal Guidance & Resources for Communities & Businesses in Response to COVID-19

Updated September 15, 2020

Economic Development Administration (EDA) CARES Act Recovery Assistance

The EDA has received $1.5 billion in funding to help communities prevent, prepare for and respond to COVID-19. Given the widespread nature of the pandemic, most communities in the 50 states and US territories are eligible for funding. EDA’s coronavirus website has several resources, including an FAQ, a press release on the announcement of funding, and a webinar that details the Act. 

And communities can view this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to learn how to apply at grants.gov.

Small Business Administration (SBA) Funding for Small Businesses - Applications Open Now

On June 15, SBA resumed accepting new Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) applications from all qualified small businesses, including agricultural businesses, and non-profit organizations.click here for information


IEDC is assembling a list of COVID-19 federal resources for economic developers, employers and employees. We encourage you to continue to monitor this site for updates on valuable content and resources.

US Department of Homeland Security - Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) - Communities may be eligible for funding due to the March 13 declaration of a public emergency in response to COVID-19. This action “directs FEMA to assist state, local, tribal, territorial governments and other eligible entities with the health and safety actions they take on behalf of the American public”. Visit this site for updates on COVID-19 funding for your community. Each state, territory and tribal government has an entry for the COVID-19, with important information under the “Financial Assistance” section.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) - The CDC's website is the most comprehensive resource on COVID-19. The agency also offers information for businesses and workplaces on how to plan, prepare and open in response to COVID-19.

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) - The IRS has created a this resource for taxpayers for businesses impacted by COVID-19.  

US Department of Labor (DOL) - DOL is providing resources for COVID-19 workplace safety - including OSHA guidance; wages, hours and leave; and unemployment insurance.

US Department of Agriculture (USDA) - The USDA offers an FAQ on food safety, information on trade and foreign agriculture affairs, and updates on support services such as SNAP and WIC.

Department of Education (DOE) - With elementary, secondary and higher education schools navigating how to best educate students in the new school year, DOE has many COVID-19 resources for educators. 

Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) - EXIM is offering several relief measures to banks, exporters, and small businesses impacted by the coronavirus.

US Chamber of Commerce (non-governmental organization) - The Chamber has developed a “Combating Coronavirus” site to help business owners and employees address the economic/business impact of COVID-19.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) - The CFPB is offering resources on how individuals can protect themselves financially, including those suffering hardships with paying debts and lenders and what to do if one loses their job. 

USA.gov is a comprehensive collection of government resources for businesses & residents, which includes a section dedicated to COVID-19.


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