COVID-19 Assistance Programs

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Susan Askew

COVID-19 Assistance Programs:

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A running list of COVID-19 assistance programs… 

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Business Damage Assessment Survey
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has activated a Business Damage Assessment survey to understand the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on local businesses and determine appropriate relief programs. Surveys submitted by small businesses can be used to access the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan made available for COVID-19 through the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. Click here for more info.

SBA Disaster Assistance
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and terrorities low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). For more information, click here.

Florida Disaster Loans
These are short-term, interest-free working capital loans to "bridge the gap" between the time a major catastrophe hits and when a business secures longer term recovery resources either from "profits from a revived business, receipt of payments on insurance claims or federal disaster assistance." Applications being accepted through May 8. Click here.

USBG National Charity Foundation
“Advancing the lifelong stability and wellbeing of service industry professional through education & charitable activities,” the USBG Foundation has initiated a COVID-19 Relief & Response effort. It includes a Bartender Emergency Assistance Program as well as options to donate and volunteer. Click here for more info.

United Way of Miami-Dade and the Miami Herald/el Nuevo Herald have launched the Miami Pandemic Response Fund to help families and small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Support will include rent/mortgage assistance, food, medication, and utilities and issue micro-grants to small businesses. If you are able to give, United Way of Miami-Dade is taking donations through its Operation Helping Hands.

If you need assistance, call the United Way’s 2-1-1 switchboard. (Note, the 1-866-211-9966 phone number going around on social media is for Indianapolis only. Call 2-1-1 to be connected to your local resources.)

The Recording Academy and MusiCares have established the COVID-19 Relief Fund to help the music community affected by the coronavirus pandemic. You may donate or requiest relief here.

The Restaurant Workers Community Foundation has established a COVID19 Crisis Relief Fund to be distributed as follow: 50% for immediate, direct crisis relief assistance to individual restaurant workers; 25% for nonprofit organizations serving restaurant workers in crisis; and 25% for zero-interest loans for restaurants to get back up and running. Click here to donate or apply for relief.

The Miami Foundation’s Community Recovery Fund provides help to “Miami-Dade nonprofits whose operations are severely impacted and supports their long-term recovery, resilience and financial stability. The Miami Foundation has seeded the Fund with a $200,000 contribution.” Click here for details.

Feeding South Florida’s COVID-19 Response Fund will “provide food and services to all who need it.” Details here.

Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s COVID-19 Response Fund focuses on “supporting nonprofit organizations working directly to respond to the pandemic among the most vulnerable populations…” Click here for details.

The One Fair Wage Emergency Fund is supporting tipped workers and other service workers and delivery drivers. Details here.

SOBEWFF & FIU Chaplin School Hospitality Industry Relief Fund “to provide immediate financial support to independently owned and operated restaurants and bars impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties… The Fund will initially support the hundreds of restaurants and bars that have participated at SOBEWFF within the past five years” then open up to others as it continues to collect donations. More here.

Americans for the Arts has a resource page with a list of relief funds and financial assistance. 

Miami-Dade Police has suspended evictions during the coronavirus crisis. Miami-Dade County Commissioner Eileen Higgins posted on Twitter she confirmed that also applies to commercial tenants.


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