RDO COVID-19 Resource Center

Posted on: March 20th, 2020 by Brett Schwartz

(Last updated September 2, 2020)

As we adjust to life with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, NADO and NADO Research Foundation staff are working to advocate on your behalf, connect you with each other, and collect the latest information and best practices from RDOs to share across our membership.  This page was created to keep RDOs up-to-date on the latest information relevant to your work as well as provide links to other resources and materials that may be valuable as you respond to the needs of your communities.

Feel free to reach out to NADO and NADO RF staff with any questions or comments.  Please continue to check back often for updates.

Advocacy Resources

 

RLF Act of 2020 Becomes Law  

On Friday October 30, the President signed the Reinvigorating Lending for the Future (RLF) Act of 2020 (S. 4075 (https://www NULL.congress NULL.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/4075/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22S NULL.+4075%22%5D%7D&r=1&s=1)) into law. This legislation reforms the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) program by eliminating burdensome “in perpetuity” reporting requirements and releasing the federal interest in EDA RLFs after seven years, thereby providing more local flexibility to RLF operators as they administer this program on behalf of their communities. Now that the bill has been signed into law, EDA will be permitted to release the federal interest in RLFs that have operated satisfactorily for seven years since the disbursement of grant funds. EDA is currently developing policies and procedures to implement this law, so please look out for more information coming directly from EDA on exactly how this process will work. NADO is grateful to all the NADO members, coalition partners, and other advocates who engaged members of Congress and helped advocate for this reform, as well as the Senate and House champions who introduced and supported this legislation, and the congressional staffers who helped facilitate the process.

EDA COVID-19 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) Addendum Released 

On Thursday, May 7 the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) released the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) addendum and related guidance determining how EDA will administer the $1.5 billion that EDA received in the CARES Act. The NOFO addendum can be found here (https://www NULL.grants NULL.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity NULL.html?oppId=321695). Specifically, the guidance pertaining to this competitive EDA funding is attached as a five-page addendum added at the bottom of the existing FY 2020 EDA NOFO. Other general information on this funding opportunity is also available at https://www.eda.gov/coronavirus/ (https://www NULL.eda NULL.gov/coronavirus/), and EDA has also provided answers to FAQs (https://www NULL.eda NULL.gov/coronavirus/faq/index NULL.htm) as well as guidance on how EDA will provide flexibilities for EDA RLF operators. (https://www NULL.eda NULL.gov/coronavirus/rlf/faq NULL.htm)

 

NADO Successfully Advocates for $1.5 Billion in Funding for EDA in the CARES Act

On March 27, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (H.R. 748 (https://www NULL.congress NULL.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/748/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22HR+748%22%5D%7D&r=1&s=1)) was signed into law. The legislation aims to address and mitigate the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and to provide economic relief for individuals, businesses, cities, and states. In addition to a variety of other sources of federal funding, the bill includes $1.5 billion in supplemental funding for the Economic Development Administration (EDA), which NADO and other partner organizations successfully advocated to include. The CARES Act is the third tranche of funding passed in response to COVID-19, following the passage of HR 6074 (https://www NULL.congress NULL.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/6074/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22HR+6074%22%5D%7D&r=1&s=3) and HR 6201 (https://www NULL.congress NULL.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/6201/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22HR+6201%22%5D%7D&r=1&s=2). A summary of the funding breakdown in the CARES Act can be found here (https://www NULL.appropriations NULL.senate NULL.gov/imo/media/doc/032520%20Title-By-Title%20Summary%20FINAL NULL.pdf).

For more information or to provide your input, please contact Mirielle Burgoyne, Director of Government Relations and Legislative Affairs, at 202-921-4443 or [email protected] (mburgoyne null@null nado NULL.org)

Federal Agency COVID-19 Resources

  • COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide (https://www NULL.rd NULL.usda NULL.gov/sites/default/files/USDA_COVID-19_Fed_Rural_Resource_Guide NULL.pdf)
  • Federal Government Response (https://www NULL.usa NULL.gov/coronavirus)
  • Administration for Community Living (https://acl NULL.gov/COVID-19)
  • Appalachian Regional Commission (https://www NULL.arc NULL.gov/news/article NULL.asp?ARTICLE_ID=696)
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs (https://www NULL.bia NULL.gov/covid-19)
  • Census Bureau (https://www NULL.census NULL.gov/topics/preparedness/events/pandemics/covid-19 NULL.html)
  • Farm Credit Administration (https://www NULL.fca NULL.gov/about/coronavirus-covid-19)
  • Federal Communications Commission (https://www NULL.fcc NULL.gov/coronavirus)
  • Federal Reserve Board (https://www NULL.federalreserve NULL.gov/covid-19 NULL.htm)
  • Federal Transit Administration (https://www NULL.transit NULL.dot NULL.gov/frequently-asked-questions-fta-grantees-regarding-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19) / Emergency Relief Docket (https://www NULL.regulations NULL.gov/document?D=FTA-2020-0001-0001)
  • FEMA (https://www NULL.fema NULL.gov/coronavirus)COVID-19 Pandemic Operational Guidance for the 2020 Hurricane Season (https://www NULL.fema NULL.gov/media-library/assets/documents/188203) 
  • Health Resources and Services Administration (https://www NULL.hrsa NULL.gov/rural-health/coronavirus-frequently-asked-questions) | Telehealth Programs (https://www NULL.hrsa NULL.gov/rural-health/telehealth)
  • NOAA Office for Coastal Management – Tip Sheets for Virtual Meetings (https://coast NULL.noaa NULL.gov/digitalcoast/training/virtual-meetings NULL.html)
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture (https://www NULL.usda NULL.gov/coronavirus)
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture – Rural Development Opportunities for Immediate Relief Full Announcement (April 15) (https://www NULL.rd NULL.usda NULL.gov/sites/default/files/USDA_RD_SA_COVID19_CUMULATIVEUpdate04152020 NULL.pdf)
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture – Rural Development (resource page) (https://rd NULL.usda NULL.gov/coronavirus)
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture – COVID-19 Telehealth Service Changes (https://www NULL.rd NULL.usda NULL.gov/sites/default/files/RD_RuralTelehealthFactSheet_20200501 NULL.pdf)
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Health Information Privacy – Emergency Situations: Preparedness, Planning, and Response (https://www NULL.hhs NULL.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/special-topics/emergency-preparedness/index NULL.html)
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (https://www NULL.hud NULL.gov/coronavirus) | Memo:  CARES Act flexibilities for CDBG funds to be used to support coronavirus response (https://files NULL.hudexchange NULL.info/resources/documents/CARES-Act-Flexibilities-CDBG-Funds-Used-Support-Coronavirus-Response NULL.pdf?utm_source=HUD+Exchange+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=1e11d9f195-CARES-Act-Flexibilities-CDBG&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f32b935a5f-1e11d9f195-19486661)
  • U.S. Economic Development Administration (https://www NULL.eda NULL.gov/coronavirus/) | CARES Act Frequently Asked Questions (https://www NULL.eda NULL.gov/coronavirus/faq/index NULL.htm) | EDA University Center COVID-19 Resources  (https://www NULL.eda NULL.gov/coronavirus/uc/resources NULL.htm)
  • U.S. Small Business Administration (https://www NULL.sba NULL.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources)
  • U.S. Department of Transportation (https://www NULL.transportation NULL.gov/coronavirus) / FHWA Virtual Public Involvement Resources (https://www NULL.fhwa NULL.dot NULL.gov/planning/public_involvement/vpi/)[New!] Bureau of Transportation Statistics (https://www NULL.bts NULL.gov/daily-travel)

NADO Member COVID-19 Resources

Below are examples of NADO member websites with special COVID-19 pages that feature resource guides and regional response efforts.  If your organization has a page that you would like featured here, please e-mail Brett Schwartz at [email protected] (bschwartz null@null nado NULL.org).

  • Barren River Area Development District (KY) (https://bradd-ky NULL.maps NULL.arcgis NULL.com/apps/opsdashboard/index NULL.html#/0fbd57e8157e49418e66196250a7ca1f)
  • Buckeye Hills Regional Council (OH) (https://buckeyehills NULL.org/news/2020/3/19/covid-19-resources-and-information-for-southeast-ohio) | Southeast Ohio Wi-Fi Hotspot Locations Mapping Tool (https://buckeyehills NULL.maps NULL.arcgis NULL.com/apps/webappviewer/index NULL.html?id=3790d98f50d94e0aa5d39aa315a34d3b)   
  • Capital District Regional Planning Commission (NY) (https://cdrpc NULL.org/capital-region-coronavirus-update-regional-resources)
  • Clearwater Economic Development Association (ID) (http://www NULL.clearwater-eda NULL.org/covid-19-resources-for-businesses/)
  • Eastern Carolina Council (NC) (http://www NULL.eccog NULL.org/covid-19-resource-guide/)
  • Eastern Maine Development Corporation (https://www NULL.emdc NULL.org/covid-19-resources/)
  • Eastern Upper Peninsula Regional Planning and Development Commission (https://michigans-eastern-upper-peninsula-coronavirus-response-eupisd NULL.hub NULL.arcgis NULL.com/)
  • Great Falls Development Authority:  (https://growgreatfallsmontana NULL.org/disaster-toolkit/)Crisis Toolkit for Businesses | Business Hibernation Toolkit | Business Reopening Toolkit | Business Resiliency Guide 
  • Kaysinger Basin Regional Planning Commission (MO) (http://kaysinger NULL.com/?page_id=925)
  • Kisatchie-Delta Regional Planning & Development District (LA)  (https://kdregion NULL.wordpress NULL.com/covid-19/)
  • Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (OR) (https://www NULL.mcedd NULL.org/covid-19-resources/)
  • Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (https://central-ohio-covid19-morpc NULL.hub NULL.arcgis NULL.com/)
  • Middle Georgia Regional Commission (https://mgrc-coronavirus-hub-garc NULL.hub NULL.arcgis NULL.com/)
  • Land of Sky Regional Council (NC) (http://www NULL.landofsky NULL.org/covid19 NULL.html)
  • Piedmont Triad Regional Council (NC) (https://www NULL.ptrc NULL.org/services/workforce-development/covid-19-response-to-workforce/covid-19-resources-for-businesses/workplace-restart-2006) | Workplace Restart initiative (https://www NULL.ptrc NULL.org/services/workforce-development/covid-19-response-to-workforce/covid-19-resources-for-businesses/workplace-restart-2006)
  • PlanRVA (VA) (https://planrva NULL.org/) | ForwardRVA (https://www NULL.forwardrva NULL.com/) | Central Virginia COVID-19 Response Fund (https://www NULL.togetheroneregion NULL.org/)
  • Region Five Development Commission (MN) (https://www NULL.regionfive NULL.org/covid) | Spreadsheet of COVID-19 Business Loan and Debt-forgiveness Programs 
  • Region Nine Development Commission (MN) (https://www NULL.rndc NULL.org/covid-19-resources/)
  • SEDA-Council of Governments (PA) (https://seda-cog NULL.org/covid-19/)
  • Sonoma County Economic Development Board (CA) (http://sonomaedb NULL.org/Business-Assistance/Business-Assistance-Coronavirus/)
  • Southern Georgia Regional Commission (https://sgrc-covid-19-information-hub-valorgis NULL.hub NULL.arcgis NULL.com/)
  • Southern Tier 8 Regional Board (NY) (https://southerntier8 NULL.org/covid19resources/)
  • Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission (https://umvrdc NULL.org/covid-19-resources/)

National Partner COVID-19 Resources

Below are links to COVID-19 specific resources from national partner organizations.  If your organization has a resource page that you would like featured here, please e-mail Brett Schwartz at [email protected] (bschwartz null@null nado NULL.org).

  • [New! September 2, 2020] NGA & Casey Foundation Launch Child and Family Well-being Cohort
  • AARP (https://www NULL.aarp NULL.org/health/) | The 8 Domains of Livability and COVID-19 (https://www NULL.aarp NULL.org/health/)
  • Aspen Institute’s Community Strategies Group (https://www NULL.aspeninstitute NULL.org/programs/community-strategies-group/rural-covid-19-resources/)Job Quality Tools Library (https://www NULL.aspeninstitute NULL.org/longform/job-quality-tools-library/) | COVID-19 Response Tools and Resources (https://www NULL.aspeninstitute NULL.org/longform/job-quality-tools-library/covid-19-response-tools-and-resources/)
  • Alchemy Community Transformations (https://alchemycommunities NULL.com/funding-resources/)
  • Center for Community Progress (https://www NULL.communityprogress NULL.net/covid-19-resource-center-pages-577 NULL.php?)
  • Center on Rural Innovation COVID-19 Maps & Visual Tools (https://ruralopportunitymap NULL.us/covid-maps/) | Blog post (https://ruralinnovation NULL.us/3-reasons-covid-19-will-create-a-rural-employment-crisis/)
  • Community Builders (https://communitybuilders NULL.org/insights/covid-19-how-we-move-forward/) | Roadmap to Recovery Online Tool (https://communitybuilders NULL.org/insights/roadmap-to-recovery/)5 Tips for Facilitating a Virtual Workshop (https://communitybuilders NULL.org/insights/5-tips-for-facilitating-a-virtual-workshop/) 
  • Cooperative Extension System (https://virtual NULL.extension NULL.org/extension-responses-to-covid-19/)
  • Council of Development Finance Agencies (https://www NULL.cdfa NULL.net/cdfa/cdfaweb NULL.nsf/pages/COVID-19 NULL.html)
  • Environmental Finance Center Network (https://efcnetwork NULL.org/resources/efcn-coronavirus-resources/) / UNC Environmental Finance Center (https://efc NULL.sog NULL.unc NULL.edu/covid-19-resources) | Small Water Systems Free Individualized Technical Assistance
  • Esri (https://coronavirus-resources NULL.esri NULL.com/pages/resources)
  • Government Finance Officers Association (https://www NULL.gfoa NULL.org/gfoa-resource-center-coronavirus-response)
  • Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development (https://sites NULL.google NULL.com/g NULL.harvard NULL.edu/covid-19-resources/home)
  • Harvard Business Review Small Business Owner Survey (https://hbswk NULL.hbs NULL.edu/item/small-businesses-are-worse-off-than-we-thought)
  • Housing Assistance Council (http://www NULL.ruralhome NULL.org/whats-new/mn-whats-new/45-announcements/1801-statement-and-resources-on-coronavirus)
  • ICMA (https://icma NULL.org/coronavirus-crisis-response-resources-your-community)
  • International Economic Development Council / RestoreYourEconomy.org (https://restoreyoureconomy NULL.org/index NULL.php)
  • Main Street America (https://www NULL.mainstreet NULL.org/howwecanhelp/resourcecenter/covid19resources) / Impact of COVID-19 on Small Businesses (https://www NULL.mainstreet NULL.org/blogs/national-main-street-center/2020/04/09/new-report-the-impact-of-covid-19-on-small-busines)
  • National Community Reinvestment Coalition (https://ncrc NULL.org/covid/?mc_cid=f4a4ea4aba&mc_eid=07323e402e)
  • National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (https://www NULL.nadtc NULL.org/covid-19-resource-center/)
  • National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (https://www NULL.n4a NULL.org/article_content NULL.asp?adminkey=7508abb271cf18b87d9d8d0f40c83420&article=68)
  • National Association of City Transportation Officials (https://nacto NULL.org/program/covid19/?mc_cid=dca71f07e7&mc_eid=4deb838131)
  • National Association of Counties (https://www NULL.naco NULL.org/resources/featured/coronavirus-disease-2019) | Analysis of the Fiscal Impact of COVID-19 on County Finances (https://www NULL.naco NULL.org/resources/analysis-fiscal-impact-covid-19-county-finances) | Unemployment Rate by County (https://ce NULL.naco NULL.org/?dset=County%20Labor%20Force%20Figures&ind=Monthly%20Unemployment%20Rate)
  • National Association of Regional Councils (http://narc NULL.org/coronavirus-2019/)
  • National Association of Workforce Boards (https://www NULL.nawb NULL.org/newpage)
  • National Governors Association (https://www NULL.nga NULL.org/coronavirus/)
  • National League of Cities (https://www NULL.nlc NULL.org/program-initiative/coronavirus-response-resources-for-local-leaders)
  • National Rural Health Association (https://www NULL.ruralhealthweb NULL.org/programs/resources/covid-19-resources)
  • National Rural Transit Assistance Program Topic Page (https://www NULL.nationalrtap NULL.org/Toolkits/Find-Anything-Toolkit/Free-and-Low-Cost-Resources/Hot-Topics#Coronavirus) / Technical Brief (https://nationalrtap NULL.org/Resource-Center/Advanced-Search/fid/1082)
  • NTCA—The Rural Broadband Association (https://www NULL.ntca NULL.org/member-services/coronavirus-resource-center)
  • Rural Assembly (https://ruralassembly NULL.org/covid-19-stories-and-resources/)
  • Route Fifty.com Coronavirus Coverage (https://www NULL.routefifty NULL.com/topic/coronavirus/?oref=rf-nav-trending)
  • Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) & WaterOperator.org (http://wateroperator NULL.org/coronavirus)
  • Small Business Development Centers (https://americassbdc NULL.org/coronavirus-information/)
  • Standford Social Innovation Review Guide to Resilient Leadership During the COVID-19 Crisis (https://ssir NULL.org/articles/entry/ssir_guide_to_resilient_leadership_during_the_covid_19_crisis)
  • [New! 9/11]  Surgo Foundation COVID-19 Community Vulnerability Index (https://precisionforcovid NULL.org/ccvi)
  • Transportation Research Board (http://www NULL.trb NULL.org/main/CallforRNSTransportationAndPandemics NULL.aspx) – Submit research needs statements specific to transportation and pandemics
  • University of Maryland: COVID-19 Impact Analysis Platform (https://data NULL.covid NULL.umd NULL.edu/)
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce (https://www NULL.uschamber NULL.com/co/start/strategy/small-business-resources-for-surviving-coronavirus)
  • Yellow Wood Associates: Learning Our Lessons: Three Practical Structures for Rebuilding a More Inclusive, Resilient, and Sustainable Economy (https://www NULL.linkedin NULL.com/pulse/learning-our-lessons-three-practical-structures-more-inclusive/)

We Asked and You Responded:
Summary of Our Most Recent Member Survey

Thank you to our members who responded to our “7 Questions in 7 Minutes” survey which was open between April 14 and 21.  Your thoughtful and detailed responses are supporting NADO and NADO Research Foundation staff with our advocacy and information dissemination efforts during this unprecedented time.  Topics covered include the anticipated use of federal funds, EDA RLF reporting challenges, congressional outreach, integrating the CEDS into recovery planning, future approaches to economic development, and much more.  A summary of the responses from this survey is available here.

Click here to read a closer analysis of responses to the question about the EDA Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) program, which found that reporting requirements are generally burdensome, there is a lack of flexibility in the process, and there is a strong desire for defederalization.  To learn more about NADO’s advocacy efforts on EDA RLF reform, click here.

OMB Guidance to Federal Grantor Agencies

In recognition of the COVID-19 public health situation, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has issued recent guidance to the federal grantor agencies related to administrative flexibility. There are a number of administrative measures that federal agencies can take to relieve grantees of certain responsibilities. This is time limited-guidance; in the near term, federal agencies have this authority. NADO members who administer direct federal grants should be aware of these procedures and should be prepared to ask their federal grantor agencies to implement them on their awards. For more information, please see OMB Memorandum 20-17, issued on 3/19/20, linked here.

State-by-State Actions/Essential vs. Non-Essential Workforce Guidance

  • Best Accounting Software’s state-by-state analysis of small business support (https://bestaccountingsoftware NULL.com/us-small-business-support-covid/)
  • State Economic Development Executives Network: Initiatives by State (https://www NULL.stateeconomicdevelopment NULL.org/covid-19/)
  • Kaiser Family Foundation State Actions to Mitigate the Spread of COVID-19  (https://www NULL.kff NULL.org/health-costs/issue-brief/state-data-and-policy-actions-to-address-coronavirus/)
  • National Governors Association:  Scroll down to  “State Action Tracking Chart” (https://www NULL.nga NULL.org/coronavirus/) under “What Steps Have States Taken to Address Coronavirus?” (updated daily)
  • Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency:  Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce (https://www NULL.cisa NULL.gov/publication/guidance-essential-critical-infrastructure-workforce)

Philanthropic Resources for Communities

The 2020 TD Ready Challenge (https://www NULL.td NULL.com/ca/en/about-td/ready-commitment/funding/the-ready-challenge/) seeks to provide financial support to organizations that have designed innovative, scalable and/or replicable solutions to help address the pandemic-caused issues faced by communities that are experiencing disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 across North America. Solutions must address at least one (but can address more) of the four interconnected drivers of change of the TD Ready Commitment (Financial Security (https://www NULL.td NULL.com/ca/en/about-td/ready-commitment/financial-security/)Vibrant Planet (https://www NULL.td NULL.com/ca/en/about-td/ready-commitment/vibrant-planet/)Connected Communities (https://www NULL.td NULL.com/ca/en/about-td/ready-commitment/connected-communities/) and Better Health (https://www NULL.td NULL.com/ca/en/about-td/ready-commitment/better-health/)).  Click here (https://www NULL.td NULL.com/ca/en/about-td/ready-commitment/funding/the-ready-challenge/) to learn more information.  The deadline is August 13, 2020.

Commentary from the Daily Yonder (https://www NULL.dailyyonder NULL.com/):  “The Potential of Rural Philanthropy during COVID-19.”  Click here (https://www NULL.dailyyonder NULL.com/commentary-the-potential-of-rural-philanthropy-during-covid-19/2020/04/21/) to read the article.   

The Philanthropy Roundtable (https://www NULL.philanthropyroundtable NULL.org/) created a resource page that provides information about private foundations that are making funds available for various aspects of the COVID-19 response.  Click here (https://www NULL.philanthropyroundtable NULL.org/home/resources/philanthropy-and-covid-19)for more information.

The Council on Foundations (https://www NULL.cof NULL.org/) has created a resource of community, regional and global foundations that have funds for COVID-19 relief. You can access the list here (https://docs NULL.google NULL.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vT3YOH_tCxOTw1P0ZTdVnnGdNsULENdaZ36mUnL8TwN8xzgjQ3oXFaL93YYgrNHOTamHB0Deagn3DGe/pubhtml). The Council on Foundations includes grantmakers of all sizes, focus areas, and geographic representation.

The Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation has committed $1 million to aid COVID-19 relief efforts. Of the $1 million commitment, $250,000 will go to the American Red Cross as it continues to mobilize efforts to respond to the outbreak, and the remaining $750,000 will provide funding to nonprofits addressing direct needs in the communities across the Dominion Energy footprint, with a primary focus on those areas that are home to the more than 7 million retail customers Dominion Energy serves.  Grants to organizations serving local communities should help immediate human needs as dictated by response plans and may vary based on unique local needs in a dynamic environment.  Click here (https://www NULL.dominionenergy NULL.com/company/community/dominion-energy-charitable-foundation/coronavirus-relief) for more information.

Main Street America is regularly updating a list of funding programs & business support opportunities. Programs include SBA, Facebook, JP Morgan, Kabbage, The James Beard Foundation, MainVest, and Opportunity Fund program. Scroll down on Main Street America’s COVID-19 Resource page (https://www NULL.mainstreet NULL.org/howwecanhelp/resourcecenter/covid19resources) to learn more.

Facebook launched the Facebook Small Business Grants Program  (https://www NULL.facebook NULL.com/business/small-business)to provide $1 million in grants and ad credits to up to thirty thousand small businesses in more than thirty countries to help them weather the disruptions resulting from the growing global crisis. Eligible companies will be able to apply in the coming weeks for funds that can be used to maintain their workforce, help with rent, connect with more customers, and/or cover their operational costs.  The company also launched a Business Resource Hub  (https://www NULL.facebook NULL.com/business/boost/resource)that provides business-focused information about how to cope with the effect of the pandemic as well as a “quick action guide” and a “resilience toolkit” featuring best practices and a self-assessment tool.

Bank of America has announced a $100 million commitment in support of communities  (https://newsroom NULL.bankofamerica NULL.com/press-releases/community-development/bank-america-commits-100-million-support-communities-around)facing unprecedented challenges related to the coronavirus pandemic.  The majority of the funds will be used to increase medical response capacity, address food insecurity, and boost access to learning during school closures in local BofA markets, with a focus on the most vulnerable populations. The bank also plans to increase its funding to national and global organizations working on the frontlines of the pandemic in local communities.

JPMorgan Chase has announced a philanthropic effort (https://www NULL.jpmorganchase NULL.com/corporate/news/pr/jpmc-makes-50mm-philanthropic-investment-to-address-impacts-of-covid-19 NULL.htm) including $5 million to provide immediate healthcare, food and other humanitarian relief globally; $2 million to existing nonprofit partners around the world that are responding to the COVID-19 crisis in their communities; $8 million to assist small businesses vulnerable to significant economic hardships in the U.S., China and Europe. An additional $35 million will be distributed to help affected communities over time.

Grant Station has compiled a comprehensive list of philanthropic resources (https://grantstation NULL.com/covid19fundingsopps) available globally. Programs with a nationwide scope include Dunkin’ Joy (assistance to health/hunger relief nonprofits) and MusiCares (income assistance for musicians). Many other state, regional, and local philanthropic programs are also listed.

NADO RF Economic Resilience Resources

Click the links below to access a sample of NADO Research Foundation case studies, webinars, reports, and videos that address economic resilience, diversification planning, and much more.  Additional resources are available at www.CEDSCentral.com (http://www NULL.CEDSCentral NULL.com) and www.ruraltransportation.org (http://www NULL.ruraltransportation NULL.org).

The views, opinions, and suggestions expressed by other organizations or outside publications referenced on this page do not necessarily reflect the policies or views of NADO, the NADO Research Foundation, and NADO members.  

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