(Last updated February 12, 2021)
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.
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) 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. 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/, and EDA has also provided answers to FAQs as well as guidance on how EDA will provide flexibilities for EDA RLF operators.
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) 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 and HR 6201. A summary of the funding breakdown in the CARES Act can be found here.
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]
Federal Agency COVID-19 Resources
- COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide
- Federal Government Response
- Administration for Community Living
- Appalachian Regional Commission
- Bureau of Indian Affairs
- Census Bureau | COVID-19 Data Hub (version 2.0)
- Farm Credit Administration
- Federal Communications Commission
- Federal Reserve Board
- Federal Transit Administration / Emergency Relief Docket
- FEMA | COVID-19 Pandemic Operational Guidance for the 2020 Hurricane Season
- Health Resources and Services Administration | Telehealth Programs
- NOAA Office for Coastal Management – Tip Sheets for Virtual Meetings
- U.S. Department of Agriculture
- U.S. Department of Agriculture – Rural Development Opportunities for Immediate Relief Full Announcement (April 15)
- U.S. Department of Agriculture – Rural Development (resource page)
- U.S. Department of Agriculture – COVID-19 Telehealth Service Changes
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Health Information Privacy – Emergency Situations: Preparedness, Planning, and Response
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development | Memo: CARES Act flexibilities for CDBG funds to be used to support coronavirus response
- U.S. Economic Development Administration | CARES Act Frequently Asked Questions | EDA University Center COVID-19 Resources
- U.S. Small Business Administration
- U.S. Department of Transportation / FHWA Virtual Public Involvement Resources / Bureau of Transportation Statistics
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].
- Barren River Area Development District (KY)
- Buckeye Hills Regional Council (OH) | Southeast Ohio Wi-Fi Hotspot Locations Mapping Tool
- Capital District Regional Planning Commission (NY)
- Clearwater Economic Development Association (ID)
- Eastern Carolina Council (NC)
- Eastern Maine Development Corporation
- Eastern Upper Peninsula Regional Planning and Development Commission
- Great Falls Development Authority: Crisis Toolkit for Businesses | Business Hibernation Toolkit | Business Reopening Toolkit | Business Resiliency Guide
- Kaysinger Basin Regional Planning Commission (MO)
- Kisatchie-Delta Regional Planning & Development District (LA)
- Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (OR)
- Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission
- Middle Georgia Regional Commission
- Land of Sky Regional Council (NC)
- Piedmont Triad Regional Council (NC) | Workplace Restart initiative
- PlanRVA (VA) | ForwardRVA | Central Virginia COVID-19 Response Fund
- Region Five Development Commission (MN) | Spreadsheet of COVID-19 Business Loan and Debt-forgiveness Programs
- Region Nine Development Commission (MN)
- SEDA-Council of Governments (PA)
- Sonoma County Economic Development Board (CA)
- Southern Georgia Regional Commission
- Southern Tier 8 Regional Board (NY)
- Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission
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].
- Resiliency in the Age of COVID-19
- Google’s COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports
- VTPI – Pandemic-Resilient Community Planning
- U. of California – Future of Public Transit and Shared Mobility: Scenario Planning for COVID-19 Recovery
- NGA & Casey Foundation Launch Child and Family Well-being Cohort
- AARP | The 8 Domains of Livability and COVID-19
- Aspen Institute’s Community Strategies Group | Job Quality Tools Library | COVID-19 Response Tools and Resources
- Alchemy Community Transformations
- Center for Community Progress
- Center on Rural Innovation COVID-19 Maps & Visual Tools | Blog post
- Community Builders | Roadmap to Recovery Online Tool | 5 Tips for Facilitating a Virtual Workshop
- Cooperative Extension System
- Council of Development Finance Agencies
- Environmental Finance Center Network / UNC Environmental Finance Center | Small Water Systems Free Individualized Technical Assistance
- Government Finance Officers Association
- Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development
- Harvard Business Review Small Business Owner Survey
- Housing Assistance Council
- International Economic Development Council / RestoreYourEconomy.org
- Main Street America / Impact of COVID-19 on Small Businesses
- National Community Reinvestment Coalition
- National Aging and Disability Transportation Center
- National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
- National Association of City Transportation Officials
- National Association of Counties | Analysis of the Fiscal Impact of COVID-19 on County Finances | Unemployment Rate by County
- National Association of Regional Councils
- National Association of Workforce Boards
- National Governors Association
- National League of Cities
- National Rural Health Association
- National Rural Transit Assistance Program Topic Page / Technical Brief
- NTCA—The Rural Broadband Association
- Rural Assembly
- Route Fifty.com Coronavirus Coverage
- Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) & WaterOperator.org
- Small Business Development Centers
- Standford Social Innovation Review Guide to Resilient Leadership During the COVID-19 Crisis
- Surgo Foundation COVID-19 Community Vulnerability Index
- Transportation Research Board – Submit research needs statements specific to transportation and pandemics
- University of Maryland: COVID-19 Impact Analysis Platform
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce
- Yellow Wood Associates: Learning Our Lessons: Three Practical Structures for Rebuilding a More Inclusive, Resilient, and Sustainable Economy
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
- State Economic Development Executives Network: Initiatives by State
- Kaiser Family Foundation State Actions to Mitigate the Spread of COVID-19
- National Governors Association: Scroll down to “State Action Tracking Chart” under “What Steps Have States Taken to Address Coronavirus?” (updated daily)
- Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency: Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce
Philanthropic Resources for Communities
The 2020 TD 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, Vibrant Planet, Connected Communities and Better Health). Click here to learn more information. The deadline is August 13, 2020.
The Philanthropy Roundtable 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 for more information.
The Council on Foundations has created a resource of community, regional and global foundations that have funds for COVID-19 relief. You can access the list here. 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 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 to learn more.
Facebook launched the Facebook Small Business Grants Program 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 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 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.
Grant Station has compiled a comprehensive list of philanthropic resources 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 and www.ruraltransportation.org.
- Lessons from the Storm: Case Studies on Economic Recovery and Resilience
- Strengthening Regional Economic Resilience through Business Continuity Planning (Webinar)
- Incorporating Resilience into the CEDS (Webinar Tutorial)
- Strategies for Supporting Economic Diversification (Webinar Tutorial)
- WealthWorks Rural Economic Development Case Studies
- CEDS in Action Case Studies
- Collaborating to Address Transportation and Economic Resilience (Report)
- Resilience: The New Normal (Animated Video)
- Leading the Way on Resilience (Animated Video)
- Madelia Strong: A Case Study in Economic Resilience (Video)
- Webinar slides and recording for Supporting Local Economies During and After Pandemic Response
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