COVID-19 Information & Resources
The SBA will resume accepting Paycheck Protection Program applications from participating lenders on Monday, April 27, 2020 at 10:30am EDT.
The Paycheck Protection Program, available through June 30, 2020, is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. The loan will be fully forgiven if the funds are used for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities (due to likely high subscription, at least 75% of the forgiven amount must have been used for payroll). Forgiveness is based on the employer maintaining or quickly rehiring employees and maintaining salary levels. Forgiveness will be reduced if full-time headcount declines, or if salaries and wages decrease. Loan payments will also be deferred for six months. No collateral or personal guarantees are required. The initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses through December 31, 2020 for SBA 7(a) loans. This loan has a maturity of 2 years and an interest rate of 1%. Neither the government nor lenders will charge small businesses any fees. You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. The program is administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). More details are available on the SBA website.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce issued this guide to help small businesses and self-employed individuals prepare to file for a loan. If you wish to begin preparing your application, you can download a copy of the PPP borrower application form to see the information that will be requested from you when you apply with a lender.
- A small business with fewer than 500 employees
- A 501(c)(3) with fewer than 500 employees
- Sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed persons
- A Tribal business concern that meets the SBA size standard
- A 501(c)(19) Veterans Organization that meets the SBA size standard
At this time, only agricultural business applications will be accepted due to limitations in funding availability and the unprecedented submission of applications already received. Applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. For agricultural businesses that submitted an EIDL application through the streamlined application portal prior to the legislative change, SBA will process these applications without the need for re-applying.
The Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance will provide up to $10,000 ($1,000 per employee) of economic relief to small businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Advance funds can be used for paid sick leave; payroll; increased costs; rent or mortgage payments; or repaying obligations that cannot be met due to revenue losses attributed to COVID-19. However, these funds will be subtracted from the final loan amount. The SBA is required to issue the Advance within three days after receipt of the loan application in which the borrower is required to certify, under penalty of perjury, that it is eligible to apply for an EIDL loan. This loan advance will not have to be repaid.
The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with low-interest, long-term working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- These loans may be used by small businesses to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and additional bills that can’t be paid because of COVID-19’s impact.
- The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without other available means of credit. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.
- The SBA loans come with long-term repayments, up to a maximum of 30 years, in an effort to keep payments affordable. Loan terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, according to individual borrower’s ability to repay.
- The SBA has amended its disaster loan criteria to help borrowers still paying back SBA loans from previous disasters. By making this change, deferments through December 31, 2020, will be automatic. Hence, borrowers of home and business disaster loans do not have to contact SBA to request deferment.
Applicants may apply directly through the SBA online at www.covid19relief.sba.gov.
Note: It is recommended that you have a have a conversation with your lender or your nearest Small Business Development Center to help you strategize the best option for proceeding forward before you apply for the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan.
The application for deferral of the eligible taxes and waiver of penalty and interest remains open through April 30. To be eligible, businesses must be experiencing business disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All sales tax and/or withholding tax permit holders can apply by filling out the Small Business Relief Tax Deferral application online. Sales tax, including any consumer’s use tax reported by a taxpayer on a sales tax return, and withholding tax are included. Retailer’s use tax and consumer’s use tax are not eligible. If a tax deferral is granted by the Iowa Department of Revenue, a taxpayer will be given 60 days to pay their balance due for the applicable taxes. Penalties would be waived and interest would be waived for the first 60 days after the original due date. Interest would begin to accrue 61 days after the original due date on the original tax due.
Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program allows small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing and can be a term loans or used to bridge the gap while applying for a direct SBA Economic Injury Disaster loan. If a small business has an urgent need for cash while waiting for decision and disbursement on an Economic Injury Disaster Loan, they may qualify for an SBA Express Disaster Bridge Loan.
As part of SBA’s debt relief efforts, the SBA will automatically pay the principal, interest, and fees of current 7(a), 504, and microloans for a period of six months. The SBA will also automatically pay the principal, interest, and fees of new 7(a), 504, and microloans issued prior to September 27, 2020.
To support Iowa dentists during the COVID-19 situation, Delta Dental of Iowa is introducing the Advance Claims Payment Program (ACPP). This program will allow dentists to receive up to 50% of their average weekly claims payment in advance for four weeks. These advance payments are interest-free and will be recovered over a 20-week period beginning in July. Please see below for further details or contact us at email@example.com or call 800-544-0718.
- Participate in at least one of Delta Dental of Iowa’s networks (Premier, PPO, DWP, Hawki).
- In “good standing” with Delta Dental of Iowa and the Iowa Dental Board.
- Office must be located in Iowa.
- Licensed Iowa dentist.
Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation is committed to strengthening and transforming the health and smiles of all Iowans. During these unprecedented times, we understand communities across Iowa are dealing with the effects of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
The Foundation has committed $500,000 for a COVID-19 Nonprofit Emergency Operating Relief Fund. Through this fund the Foundation is offering operating grants of up to $10,000 to Iowa nonprofit organizations focused on providing health and wellness services during this crisis, or addressing food insecurity needs.
The Foundation will begin accepting grant requests starting March 23rd until the funds are all allocated.
COVID-19 Nonprofit Emergency Operating Relief Grant Eligibility
Grants will support the general operations of eligible nonprofits who meet the following criteria:
- Organization must be located in Iowa and serve Iowans
- Must have an active 501(c)3 IRS status
- Priority will be given to nonprofits focused on providing health and wellness related services during COVID-19 crisis, or addressing food insecurity issues with a health equity lens (serving those who will be most adversely impacted)
- Funds can be used to cover fixed operational expenses such as: salaries for medical providers, volunteer coordinators, medical workforce (e.g., lab technicians, CNAs), rent, utilities, internet, insurance, phone, medical supplies, etc.
Learn more at www.deltadentalia.com/foundation/grants/covid19.
Small Business Grants
Duke University has created a COVID-19 funding tracker, a searchable database of grants, loans, and cash equivalents that can help entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and businesses around the world.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is sponsoring a Save Small Business Fund with $5,000 grants for business impacted by COVID-19.
Starting April 20, 2020, you can submit a short application at www.savesmallbusiness.com. If you’d like a reminder when the application process opens, please sign up with your email address at the link. The application will take about 10 minutes to complete and will only require your business’s W-9 form and basic supporting information about your business. Grants will be awarded on a weekly basis, but you only need to apply one time to be eligible for funding. Each grant is for $5,000 and must be applied toward business expenses. A follow-up survey will be sent to all grantees to learn how it was spent and the impact that it made.
An alliance of Iowa organizations have created a new Iowa Small Business Relief Fund through the Iowa Financial Empowerment Center, offering grants between $500-$3,500 for eligible small businesses. The application period is now open and more information is available here. (This is not an IEDA sponsored program and not affiliated with the Iowa Small Business Relief Grant through the state.)
Ogden Newspapers will provide up to $1,000,000 of matching advertising dollars. Grant funds can be used toward print or digital advertising in your local Ogden Newspapers publication, including the Emmetsburg Report/Emmetsburg Democrat.
Eligibility: Open to locally owned and operated businesses impacted by the coronavirus. Applications must be submitted via our online form below.
Amount: Grants are available for a minimum of $200 and a maximum of $5,000 of matching funds each month. Grants will be awarded in April, May and June. The matching grant must be used within the month.
Fill out the simple form at https://www.ogdennews.com/community-grant/ to apply, and your local newspaper partner will be in touch within 1-2 business days.
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.
LISC will use Verizon funding to provide grants of up to $10,000 to businesses facing immediate financial pressure because of Covid-19—especially entrepreneurs of color, women-owned businesses and other enterprises in historically underserved communities who don’t have access to flexible, affordable capital. LISC will launch an online process for small businesses to submit applications for grants. Applications will be reviewed and then entered into a lottery. The grants are designed to help business owners fill urgent financial gaps (paying rent and utilities, meeting payroll, paying outstanding debt to vendors, or other immediate operational costs) until they can resume normal operations or other financing becomes available.
The first round of grant applications is closed but will reopen in mid-April, and you can register to be notified on their website.
Spanx and The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation, administered by GlobalGiving, are providing 1,000 grants of $5,000 to women-owned small businesses affected by COVID-19 in monthly rounds to support female entrepreneurs in the wake of COVID-19. The first round of applications were open from April 6 at 12pm ET through April 12 at 11:59pm ET. Final grant recipients will be notified by the week of May 11. Each month, we will accept additional applications. The portal will open for applications again on May 4, June 1, July 6, and August 3. Sign up to get an email notification when the application re-opens.
In addition to the financial gift, each woman will also receive a “lucky” red backpack. Thanks to MasterClass’s generous donation, all 1,000 women will also receive a free annual All-Access Pass to all 80+ MasterClass instructors, including Sara Blakely’s class on entrepreneurship, to provide mentorship to recipients during this time.
GoFundMe has partnered with Intuit QuickBooks, Yelp, GoDaddy, and Bill.com to give small businesses a $500 grant if they raise at least $500 on GoFundMe.
The GoFundMe Small Business Relief Fund will provide one-time matching grants to help alleviate the financial burdens of the COVID-19 pandemic. Donations to the relief fund will be paid out as grants to businesses that have created a fundraiser through the Small Business Relief Initiative or had an existing GoFundMe. To qualify for a matching, your GoFundMe fundraiser must raise at least $500 and verify that your small business has been negatively impacted by a government mandate due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Your small business must be independently owned and operated, and each recipient of the matching grant must intend on using the funds to help care for your employees or pay ongoing business expenses.
GoFundMe will continue issuing $500 matching grants to qualifying businesses until the fund is depleted.
Beauty Changes Lives is offering $1,000 grants for licensed beauty professionals (cosmetology, esthetics, barbering, or massage therapy) who are out of work due to the coronavirus. Available to beauty professionals and students who are unemployed and cannot maintain their regular income during this time, these one-time $1,000 grants will be distributed directly to the applicant to provide temporary financial relief. Applications are open starting April 1, 2020.
Grants will be given to applicants that demonstrate financial hardship due to mandated closures during COVID – 19 based on the following priorities: date unemployment began, 2019 salary, and number of dependents.
Generously funded by CND Creative Nail Design, these grants will provide financial assistance to nail professionals, whose lives have been drastically changed by the mandated closures in response to COVID-19. Available to licensed nail professionals who cannot maintain their regular income during this time, these one-time $1,000 grants will be distributed directly to provide temporary financial relief. Applications are open starting April 1, 2020.
Grants will be given to applicants that demonstrate financial hardship due to mandated closures during COVID – 19 based on the following priorities: date unemployment began, 2019 salary, and number of dependents.
The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) and PBA Charities have created a new fund to help our industry during this unprecedented crisis. The PBA COVID-19 Relief Fund will provide $500 to licensed beauty professionals who are unable to work due to COVID-19. The funding, if awarded to you, is intended to be emergency aid for short-term immediate needs such as food and bills.
Funds are limited to donations in hand and we expect to receive an overwhelming number of applications. Applications will be reviewed on a daily basis Monday through Friday. Applications will be funded with a lottery system as donations are received so that all eligible applicants have an equal chance of receiving aid.
DigitalUndivided, a nonprofit that supports black and latinx women entrepreneurs, is providing quick grants of $100 to black women business owners.
The Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation (RWCF) has created a relief fund for workers impacted by COVID-19. The RWCF Board of Directors has approved directing funds raised in the follow ways:
- 50% for direct crisis relief to individual restaurant workers,
- 25% for nonprofit organizations serving restaurant workers in crisis, and
- 25% for zero-interest loans for restaurants to get back up and running.
Individuals seeking RWCF’s direct assistance should go to the Southern Smoke Application Form to submit their information and needs. RWCF has comfiled a list of additional relief funds for bars and restaurants on their website.
Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries where they operate. Visit https://www.facebook.com/business/boost/grants to view more information and sign up for updates.
Google is offering $340 million in advertising grants for small- and medium-size businesses, a credit that will be added automatically to Google Ads accounts.
Yelp is offering advertising credits for small, independently owned restaurants and bars. On March 20, Yelp announced $25 million in relief, primarily focused on supporting independent, local restaurant and nightlife businesses, in the form of waived advertising fees and free advertising, products, and services during this period. As part of this relief effort, restaurants and nightlife businesses that remain open will receive free access to Yelp page upgrades, including Business Highlights and Call To Action, as well as Connect, which will help them communicate timely information to their customers. Restaurants will also receive three months of free access to Yelp Reservations and Waitlist. For restaurant clients that offer delivery and/or takeout, Yelp will provide $100 in free search advertising.
These relief efforts are available to small, independently owned restaurant and nightlife businesses and franchisees in the U.S., Canada, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico with fewer than five locations.
Funds Exhausted / Deadline Passed
The application deadline was Tuesday, March 31, 2020. IEDA’s Iowa Small Business Relief Grant award notifications were made the week of April 7. All applicants that were awarded a grant have received notification. For the first round of funding (April 7-10), priority was given to businesses demonstrating projected revenue losses of 75% or greater and businesses that were among the first to close due to the public health emergency.
Third Funding Phase: ROUND 9 (April 29, 2020) | ROUND 10 (May 1, 2020) | ROUND 11 (May 4, 2020) | ROUND 12 (May 5, 2020) | ROUND 13 (May 6, 2020) | ROUND 14 (May 7, 2020) | ROUND 15 (May 8, 2020) | ROUND 16 (May 11, 2020) | ROUND 17 (May 13, 2020) | ROUND 18 (May 14, 2020) | ROUND 19 (May 15, 2020) | ROUND 20 (May 18, 2020)
At this time all available funds have been expended. Eligible businesses/applicants that did not receive a notification will be considered for potential funding rounds in the future. IEDA will not open a new round of applications.
The Iowa Small Business Relief Program provided financial assistance (grants) to small businesses (with 2-25 employees) that have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic by offereing grants ranging from $5,000-$25,000. The Small Business Relief Grants will assist eligible businesses in maintaining operations or reopening business following the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds may not be used to pay debts incurred prior to March 17, 2020.
Businesses must have been certified or submitted an application to become TSB certified by April 10, 2020.
A fund was created through the state to support TSB-certified businesses with zero employees (sole proprietors or single-member LLCs) that had been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic by offering grants ranging from $5,000-$10,000.
Resources & Information
Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) – View the most up to date informatio on the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), including number and type of cases in Iowa, on the Iowa Department of Public Health website at https://idph.iowa.gov/emerging-health-issues/novel-coronavirus.
Palo Alto County Health System – https://www.mercyonenorthiowaaffiliates.org/pachs/patients-and-visitors/covid-19/
Center for Disease Control (CDC) – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
World Health Organization (WHO) – https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
Get the latest news updates from the Office of the Governor at https://governor.iowa.gov/newsroom.
The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) is working closely with the Office of the Governor to monitor the status and impact of COVID-19 and develop programs to assist Iowa businesses. Click to learn more.
The Northwest Iowa SBDC is still taking clients and providing free, confidential, one-on-one business coaching services including financial analysis and cash flow projections.
Guidance for Iowa Businesses During COVID-19
The topic on most everyone’s mind is the novel (new) Coronavirus (COVID-19). As everyone is doing their part to help stop the spread of this virus, we here at IASourceLink wanted to share resources available to small business owners in Iowa.
COVID-19 will affect your business in some way – from employees staying home sick, vendors unable to fill orders, and customers staying away – your small business needs to be prepared.
The Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) at Iowa State University is providing educational guides and direct support for business clients to help them plan, prepare, protect, and recover their operations. View COVID-19 resources and information online at https://www.ciras.iastate.edu/covid-19/.
Unemployment & Employee Assistance
ATTENTION CALLERS: When you call 1-866-239-0843 and after the call connects, you will hear a greeting and be provided a menu with options for the assistance you require. Once you make a selection, you will hear a phone ringing for 3-5 minutes. After the ringing has stopped, the phone will most likely go silent until your call is answered. The ringing and silence are a part of our phone system and we are unable to change these features at this time. Please stay on the line and we will answer your call as quickly as possible. Your call will be answered quicker if you simply remain on the phone versus hanging up and trying again. We apologize for the inconvenience. We are committed to helping all of our citizens. Remain on the line and you will be helped.
IowaWORKS Centers are taking significant steps to follow the Iowa Department of Public Health’s guidance for social distancing. Effective immediately, IowaWORKS offices will only be open to customers with an appointment, or to accept identity verification from customers applying for benefits. IowaWORKS encourages you to call or email them to receive assistance in the safety of your own home: firstname.lastname@example.org, or 866-239-0843.
- Employers – COVID-19 and Unemployment Insurance Questions
- Employers – Voluntary Shared Work Program
- Employers and Workers – Paid Leave and Unemployment Benefits
Unemployment Insurance Tax Extension
On March 23, Governor Reynolds announced that first quarter unemployment tax payments that are due April 30th will be delayed till the end of the 2nd quarter, July 31, 2020. Eligible employers include those employers with 50 or fewer employees. Eligible employers also must be in good standing with no delinquencies in quarterly payments.
To qualify for the extension, the employer must be current on all quarterly tax payments before the 1st quarter of 2020 regardless of whether or not they are seeking an extension of tax payment. All employers must file Quarterly Employers Contribution and Payroll Report electronically by 4:30 on April 24th to avoid late report filing penalty.
Payments for Q1 would be due when Q2 payments are due, July 31, 2020. No interest or penalties will accrue for delayed payments for the eligible group. The extension of payment deadline without interest is not a holiday or forgiveness and the taxes will be due July 31, 2020. Employers still need to file their quarterly reports, which contain employee wage data necessary to compute benefit eligibility and amounts to be paid.
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The Department of Labor’s (Department) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) administers and enforces the new law’s paid leave requirements. These provisions will apply from the effective date through December 31, 2020.
Generally, the Act provides that covered employers must provide to all employees:
- Two weeks (up to 80 hours) of paid sick leave at the employee’s regular rate of pay where the employee is unable to work because the employee is quarantined (pursuant to Federal, State, or local government order or advice of a health care provider), and/or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and seeking a medical diagnosis; or
- Two weeks (up to 80 hours) of paid sick leave at two-thirds the employee’s regular rate of pay because the employee is unable to work because of a bona fide need to care for an individual subject to quarantine (pursuant to Federal, State, or local government order or advice of a health care provider), or care for a child (under 18 years of age) whose school or child care provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19, and/or the employee is experiencing a substantially similar condition as specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Secretaries of the Treasury and Labor.
A covered employer must provide to employees that it has employed for at least 30 days:
- Up to an additional 10 weeks of paid expanded family and medical leave at two-thirds the employee’s regular rate of pay where an employee is unable to work due to a bona fide need for leave to care for a child whose school or child care provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19.
View more information including covered employers, qualifying reasons for leave, and duration of leave online at https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employer-paid-leave.
Attention workers impacted by COVID-19 closures: There are temporary job openings available statewide. Click here to find temporary job opportunities. Employers include: Iowa Department of Public Safety – State Troopers, Department of Human Services, Hy-Vee, Good Samaritan Society, Exceptional Persons, Inc., Meridian Manufacturing, Walmart, ABCM Corporation, Hillcrest Family Services, Vibrant Homecare, Airlite Plastics Co., Healthcare Services Group, Mainstream Living, Lutheran Services In Iowa, Kelly Services, Advance Services, Inc., Faircast Inc., Iowa Interstate Rest Areas, Iowa Select Farms.
Helpful Links for Businesses
- SCORE – How Businesses Can Prepare for Coronavirus
- Social Security Administration – Social Security & Coronavirus
- Iowa Department of Public Health – Coronavirus Information for Businesses and Organizations
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce – Resources for Combating the Coronavirus
- Forbes – Six Sources of Crucial Support for Small Business
- CNBC – Advice for Small Business Owners