COVID-19 Resources

As our team partners with communities and organizations, we’ve established this web page to help you better understand the resources available to you now and in the future.

 



Families

Children’s Minnesota - Children's Minnesota is a Twin Cities-based non-profit that champions the health needs of children and families. They're providing updates, tips and information on a daily basis.

Minnesota Department of Health - Read the information on the right of the home page, the "News & Announcements" section, for the latest updates. Also, if your family is seeking child care, MDH has a link for that, too!

In addition, downloadable PDF copies of the Children's Cabinet Family Resource Guide in three different languages are available here in Spanish, Hmong and Somali.

Minnesota Unemployment Insurance - Apply for benefits if your employment has been affected by COVID-19.

Guidance for Minnesota Families - This PDF download, dated March 28, 2020, is a one-page document about finding child care during these times and information on distance learning.

United Way 211 - If your household is experiencing an emergency regarding food, housing, or other critical needs, you can see local resources at United Way's website or by calling 2-1-1.

Minnesota Housing - Due to housing security concerns due to COVID-19 closures, the Governor has issue special provisions to prevent evictions, including foreclosure action. 

 

Businesses

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention - The CDC offers interim guidance for businesses and employers.

Minnesota Chamber of Commerce - The Chamber provides a robust COVID-19 Business Toolkit. 

U.S. Small Business AssociationSBA Economic Injury Assistance Disaster Loans are now available to businesses and nonprofits in Minnesota.  More information is available on Emergency Loans below. 

Department of Revenue – The Minnesota Department of Revenue has guidance available on their website regarding tax liabilities of federal and state assistance.

Internal Revenue Service – The IRS is delaying payment due dates (not filing) for individuals and corporations.

Department of Labor and Industry –  In order to reopen in accordance with executive order 20-40, a business will need to complete a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan, as per state guidance. Information on the "critical industries" as defined by executive order 20-20 is also available.  

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development – DEED has released a variety of resources for businesses and employers. 

Shared Work Program – The shared work program from Minnesota Unemployment allows businesses to get UI benefits for their workers if they can reduce number of hours of several employees rather than laying off a few employees.  This allows the business to take advantage of UI dollars and keep employees. 

U.S. Chamber Foundation – The Save Small Business Fund is a grant initiative offering short-term relief for small employers of $5,000 grants. Businesses will need their W9 form to apply.  To qualify you must employ between 3 and 20 people; have been harmed financially by the COVID-19 pandemic; and be located in an economically vulnerable community – businesses can check their zip code eligibility on the site. 

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance – Minnesota has implemented the federal program for self-employed individuals to receive unemployment assistance payments. To qualify, the individual must have been shut down by executive orders and have had the self-employment as their primary source of income. Self-employment from passive income is not eligible. Please note that a business may be eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program, and an individual be eligible for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. A step-by-step guide to the application is available.

Small Business Emergency Loans

Paycheck Protection Program - Administered by the SBA, the PPP resumed accepting applications through August 8, 2020.  This loan, designed to provide funds for small for- and non-profit businesses to keep their workers on the payroll, is forgivable under certain circumstances.

USDA Rural Development - Business & Industry loan guarantees are available to businesses located in rural geography (defined as less than 50,000 inhabitants) or an ag-related business.  Loans can be used for working capital to prevent, prepare for or respond to the effects of COVID-19.  Debt refinancing is eligible when refinancing improves cash flow and creates jobs.

MMCDC Small Business Emergency Loans are available to small businesses in west central Minnesota.  Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corporation.  Loans can total up to $50,000 and offer a 3.5% fixed interest rate (maximum of $25,000 if unsecured).  The program offers a 12-month interest-only payment plan, as part of a 10-year amortization schedule.   

Small Business Development Center - The West Central MN SBDC is available to answer specific questions about financial packages and resources. 

Nonprofits

Paycheck Protection Program - Administered by the SBA, the PPP resumed accepting applications through August 8, 2020.  This loan, designed to provide funds for small for- and non-profit businesses to keep their workers on the payroll, is forgivable under certain circumstances.

Funders' Network Resources - This site features dozens of links to ways philanthropic organizations are coping along with news articles that nonprofit leaders may find useful. 

Foundation Directory Online - Trying to search for grants from home? Nonprofits and their advocates can access Candid’s Foundation Directory Online through West Central Initiative by emailing Wendy Merrick, our Director of Programs.

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits - Check out the list of resources to support nonprofits and the grant directory geared toward the current crisis.

Propel Nonprofits - Resources to strengthen the strategy, governance and finances of nonprofits. Propel is offering no-cost technical assistance to nonprofits to help navigate the current environment. 

Candid - Candid tracks news, funding and newly-established, dedicated funds to help organizations, many hosted by community foundations, in the wake of our national emergency. 

Child Care Providers

Peacetime Emergency Child Care Grants - The Department of Human Services, Governor’s Children’s Cabinet, and Child Care Aware of Minnesota are working together to distribute funds for emergency grants for licensed child care providers serving essential workers during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Child Care Aware of Minnesota - The organization launched a dedicated hotline for child care providers to provide rapid response and resources. (Español

Committee for Economic Development  - The CED offers podcasts and othe resources for child-care providers who want to more clearly assess the implications of available federal assistance, as well as how to prioritize business expenses and support economic viability in the short- and long-term. 

Minnesota Department of Health - This web page provides information for both child care providers and families in need of child care. Simply choose between Families or Providers.

Minnesota Department of Human Services - This link provides news on April 24 from the Dept. of Human Services that details temporary modifications for child care regulations and procedures. Updates on all DHS virus response is available on the agency's home page.

Child Care Aware of America - This site provides a list of emergency funding resources for child care providers on a national scale, along with some tips.

Local Emergency Center Contacts by County - This downloadable PDF contains a statewide list of emergency centers. Child care providers with urgent needs may contact their corresponding center.

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention - The CDC has created a page specifically for child care providers. You'll find these additional considerations are intended to provide guidance for a range of child care programs. This is information contained within the CDC's school & child care guide.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance – Minnesota has implemented the federal program for self-employed individuals to receive unemployment assistance payments. To qualify, the individual must have been shut down by executive orders and have had the self-employment as their primary source of income. Self-employment from passive income is not eligible. Please note that a business may be eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program, and an individual be eligible for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. A step-by-step guide to the application is available.

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