COVID-19 Resources for Business & Nonprofits

Rockland County Department of Economic Development & Tourism has created this page in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Below you will find information, resources and daily updates for Rockland County businesses and organizations. Please be sure to check back regularly for important updates.

Information for Rockland County Businesses

 

For help determining whether or not your business is eligible to reopen, use the reopen lookup tool here:

https://www.businessexpress.ny.gov/app/nyforward.


New York Forward website: https://forward.ny.gov/

New York Forward Loan Fund www.nyloanfund.com

Phase 1 https://forward.ny.gov/phase-one-industries

Phase 2 https://forward.ny.gov/phase-two-industries

Phase 3 https://forward.ny.gov/phase-three-industries

Phase 4 https://forward.ny.gov/phase-four-industries

New Executive Order Extending New York on PAUSE: https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20234-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency


United States Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program

The CARES Act included $350 billion in funding for the creation of a Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. Small business owners in all U.S. States, Washington D.C., and territories are currently eligible to apply for this loan.

For more information on how to complete the application, businesses may visit https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program-ppp#section-header-1

U.S. Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) online list of lenders organized by state: https://www.sba.gov/document/support--paycheck-protection-program-participating-lenders?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

United States Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loans & Emergency Economic Injury Grants.

These grants provide an emergency advance of up to $10,000 to small businesses and private non-profits harmed by COVID-19 within three 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.


For more information on how to complete the application, businesses may visit https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/economic-injury-disaster-loan-emergency-advance.

For those requiring additional assistance with completing the application, they may visit www.nysbdc.org for online assistance. To request a no-cost, confidential appointment with a local SBDC Advisor, please visit http://www.nysbdc.org/selector/ReqForCons/formo.aspx.

Businesses can also view a webinar hosted by the Rockland County Department of Economic Development & Tourism, Rockland Community College's SBDC (Small Business Development Center) and the Rockland Business Association on SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans here: https://www.facebook.com/rocklandgov/videos/161897121566588/.

SBA Paycheck Protection Program UPDATES:

The SBA has updated the FAQ for the Paycheck Protection Program, which can be found at https://www.sba.gov/document/support--faq-lenders-borrowers.

U.S. Agricultural Business COVID-19 Funding:

SBA will begin accepting new Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance applications on a limited basis only to provide relief to U.S. agricultural businesses. Agricultural businesses includes those businesses engaged in the production of food and fiber, ranching, and raising of livestock, aquaculture, and all other farming and agricultural related industries (as defined by section 18(b) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 647(b)). More info can be found at https://www.sba.gov/page/disaster-loan-applications.

Women's Enterprise Development Center COVID-19 resources:

https://wedcbiz.org/resources/covid-19-resources/

Census Bureau COVID-19 Data Hub:

The U.S. Census Bureau released a new resource page to help federal agencies, businesses, and communities make decisions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Similar to the Census Bureau's resources pages created during natural disasters, this resource page includes information on population demographics, economic indicators and businesses. https://covid19.census.gov/

Empire State Development's COVID-19 Business Resources

Empire State Development (ESD) provides up-to-date information related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. For the latest information and updates, visit the following helpful links:

Other Helpful Resources:

Information for Rockland County Nonprofits and Organizations

 

For help determining whether or not your program is eligible to reopen, use the reopen lookup tool here:

https://www.businessexpress.ny.gov/app/nyforward.


New York Forward website: https://forward.ny.gov/

Phase 1 https://forward.ny.gov/phase-one-industries

Phase 2 https://forward.ny.gov/phase-two-industries

New Executive Order Extending New York on PAUSE: https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20234-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency

United States Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program

The CARES Act included $350 billion in funding for the creation of a Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. Small business owners in all U.S. States, Washington D.C., and territories are currently eligible to apply for this loan.

For more information on how to complete the application, businesses may visit https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program-ppp#section-header-1

United States Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loans & Emergency Economic Injury Grants.

These grants provide an emergency advance of up to $10,000 to small businesses and private non-profits harmed by COVID-19 within three 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.

For more information on how to complete the application, businesses may visit https://disasterloan.sba.gov/apply-for-disaster-loan/index.html.

For those requiring additional assistance with completing the application, they may visit www.nysbdc.org for online assistance. To request a no-cost, confidential appointment with a local SBDC Advisor, please visit http://www.nysbdc.org/selector/ReqForCons/formo.aspx.

Businesses can also view a webinar hosted by the Rockland County Department of Economic Development & Tourism, Rockland Community College's SBDC (Small Business Development Center) and the Rockland Business Association on SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans here: https://www.facebook.com/rocklandgov/videos/161897121566588.

Rockland Community Foundation COVID-19 Community Crisis Grant

Rockland Community Foundation established a COVID-19 Community Crisis Grant that can help nonprofits and community organizations quickly ramp up to address the needs amid the growing pandemic. The local United Way works with the county to coordinate the Rockland County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters. The RCVOAD includes not-for-profit organizations, faith communities, government agencies, businesses, and civic and community groups that help coordinate responses countywide. RCVOAD coordinates information, for example, like producing a list of food programs and feeding programs in the county. For assistance or to participate, call 845-358-8929. https://rocklandgives.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/RCF-Community-Crisis-Grant-Application-March-2020.pdf.

United Way of Rockland

United Way of Rockland has launched the Rockland County Coronavirus Crisis Fund, which is seeking donations to provide lifesaving resources to families affected by COVID-19. Tax-deductible donations will also support for the Hudson Valley Region 2-1-1 Helpline, which continues to provide important coronavirus information to the Rockland County community. For more information visit https://www.uwrc.org.

New York State Council on the Arts

COVID-19 Funding Resources: https://arts.ny.gov/resources/COVID-19-Resources

New York Council of Nonprofits

COVID-19 Resources https://www.nycon.org/resources/covid-19-resources-for-nonprofits
https://nyshealthfoundation.org/resource/covid-19-resources-for-grantees/

National Endowment for the Arts

On March 27, 2020, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) will provide funds to nonprofit arts organizations under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Under this Act, $75 million in funding will be distributed to nonprofit arts organizations. The Arts Endowment will award funds to nonprofit arts organizations across the country to help these entities survive the forced closure of their operations in response to the spread of COVID-19. For more information, visit www.arts.gov.

American Council for the Arts

https://www.americansforthearts.org/

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