COVID-19 Business & Non-Profit Relief Resources
Click Here to Sign-Up for Disaster Assistance from the City’s Economic Development Division
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is working directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The SBA has several programs to support businesses and business owners as they navigate the COVID-19 crisis.
Resources | For Businesses
- 2nd Round Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) – The original Paycheck Protection Program closed for applications on August 8, 2020. On December 27, 2020,President Trump signed the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act (the Economic Aid Act) (Pub. L. 116-260) into law to provide continued assistance to individuals and businesses that have been financially impacted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. This law authorized SBA to open a second draw of the Paycheck Protection Program for qualifying businesses. On January 6, 2021, SBA released Interim Final Rules as guidance on the program. Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will re-open the week of January 11 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers. To promote access to capital, initially only community financial institutions will be able to make First Draw PPP Loans on Monday, January 11, and Second Draw PPP Loans on Wednesday, January 13. The PPP will open to all participating lenders shortly thereafter.
Disaster Assistance for Small Businesses
- Apply today for the Paycheck Protection Program
- Information Sheet for Borrowers – Paycheck Protection Program
- SBA COVID-19 Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources
- Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act
City of Jackson’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
Resources | For Employers & Workers
- White House Coronavirus Guidelines issued March 16, 2020: On March 16, the White House released guidelines calling for people to avoid gatherings of 10 or more people, and work from home whenever possible. Learn more
- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Guidance for Employers: The Centers for Disease Control has issued guidance for businesses and employers on how to plan, prepare, and respond to COVID-19.
- OSHA’s Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has developed guidelines for how companies can prepare their workplace for COVID-19. Please see their COVID-19 Website for more information.
- Department of Labor Guidance on COVID-19 & Wages & Hours: Department of Labor provides information on issues related to COVID-19 and the effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Family & Medical Leave Act.
Resources | For Artists & Organizations
- Americans for the Arts is providing up-to-date COVID-19 news and resources for the arts and culture field.
- The American Alliance of Museums has compiled a guide to help museums prepare internally and externally for outbreaks in their communities.
- ArtsReady, an online emergency preparedness service by and for arts/cultural nonprofits, is adding updates daily.
- The Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) has pulled together resources to help you and your team prepare for and respond to the potential impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
- Billboard has a state-by-state listing of resources for professional musicians.
- This COVID-19 & Freelance Artists list contains general resources, advocacy links, and a growing list of funding opportunities.
- Creative Capital has a comprehensive list for artists working in all disciplines, organizations trying to steady the boat, and anyone working to create the new normal.
- The DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland is offering pro bono consultations to any U.S.-based non-profit arts or culture organization, between March and June 2020, as a response to the mounting effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
- The Joan Mitchell Foundation has posted a COVID-19 Emergency Resources for Visual Artists listing that breaks opportunities out by regions, as well as nationally.
- NAPAMA (North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents) has posted a list of resources, including information related to airfare refund and/or cancellation policies, emergency fund and relief programs, sample communications, and more.
Economic Injury Declaration
The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is gathering information on the economic loss to small businesses throughout the state as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. This information is being collected so that Mississippi may request an Economic Injury Declaration from the Small Business Administration to aid in the economic loss suffered as a result of the COVID-19 event.
Small business owners can access instructions to complete the worksheet showing that their business has suffered economic hardship as a result of the response efforts of the COVID-19 event. After business owners complete these worksheets, they can submit them directly to the MEMA State Coordinating Officer Todd DeMuth at firstname.lastname@example.org, for inclusion into the SBA declaration request.
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