COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resources

We understand this is a very challenging time for families and businesses, and we want to help!

Here are resources for Native American individuals and businesses in Wisconsin.

A new study showed that one out of five households have been affected by Covid-19 through a loss of income.

The Wisconsin Indian Business Alliance is here to provide you with information and resources to help you through any financial hardship during this time.

Here are items or topics that we thought would be beneficial for you.

Click here to view a printable PDF of the information.

If you need assistance finding food, paying housing bills, or other essential services, visit the 211 website.

For unemployment assistance, visit the Wisconsin CARES Act (a.k.a. Federal Stimulus Bill) - Department of Workforce Development website.

SBA Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources:
Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC):

The COVID-19 pandemic poses unprecedented challenges to all types of Wisconsin businesses whose operations are impacted by disruptions to their supply chains, withering demand for their products and worker unavailability resulting from sustained social distancing.

This page is designed to provide the latest, best information to our clients and the citizens of Wisconsin on resources aimed at maintaining the vitality of the companies upon which our economy depends. As the volume of inquiries through our phone lines and website prevents us from responding individually to people as we would like, we invite you to visit this page regularly. We plan to update this directory as new information and resources become available.

Included on this page are resources available to Wisconsin businesses from WEDC and other local, state and federal agencies.

Small business owners are encouraged to work with their lenders to address the financial challenges they are facing as a result of COVID-19.

Visit this website for detailed information on state and federal assistance.

View the Navigating Through COVID-19 in Wisconsin informational booklet from WEDC.

ICYMI - Administration COVID-19 Updates on HBCU and Minority Health Funding Announcements

Issued May 4, 2020

$40 Million in COVID-19 Funding Available to Minority, Rural and Socially Vulnerable Communities for Linkages to Services, Information and Education (HERE)

  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health (OMH) announced a competitive funding opportunity to invest up to $40 million for the development and coordination of a strategic network of national, state, territorial, tribal and local organizations to deliver important COVID-19-related information to racial and ethnic minority, rural and socially vulnerable communities hardest hit by the pandemic.

HHS Awards $20 Million to Combat COVID-19 Pandemic through Telehealth (HERE)

  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), awarded $20 million to increase telehealth access and infrastructure for providers and families to help prevent and respond to COVID-19.

Nearly $1.4 Billion in Additional CARES Act Relief Funds to HBCUs, Minority Serving Institutions, and Colleges and Universities Serving Low-Income Students (HERE)

  • The U.S. Department of Education announced nearly $1.4 billion in additional CARES Act funds that will be directed to HBCUs and MSIs to support students with cash grants and ensure learning continues for all during the COVID-19 pandemic.

HUD Allocates Second Wave of Relief Funds, Over Half a Billion Dollars to Help Protect Low-Income Americans (HERE)

  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson today announced his Department will allocate $685 million in COVID-19 relief funding to help low-income Americans residing in public housing. The funding, made available by the CARES Act legislation President Trump signed into law on March 27, 2020, will be awarded to Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) across the Nation.

Economic Impact Payments Continue to be Sent, Check IRS.gov for Answers to Common Questions (HERE)

  • As Economic Impact Payments continue to be successfully delivered, the Internal Revenue Service today reminds taxpayers that IRS.gov includes answers to many common questions, including help to use two recently launched Economic Impact Payment tools.

CDC COVID-19 Forecasts (HERE)

  • The federal government is working closely with state, tribal, local, and territorial health departments, and other public health partners, to respond to this situation.  Forecasts of deaths will help inform public health decision-making by projecting the likely impact in coming weeks.

DHS and HHS Civil Rights Stakeholder Teleconference RE: COVID-19 (HERE)

  • FEMA’s Office of Equal Rights will continue hosting regular teleconferences concerning the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) response, to share information and to respond to civil rights-related concerns and questions. The next call is scheduled for Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 2:00-3:30PM (Eastern). Please call in 10 minutes prior to the start time.

For the most up-to-date information, please see the below fact sheet and the CDC’s website: www.coronavirus.gov.

Thank you,

Nicole A. Frazier, Special Assistant to the President

Director of Strategic Partnerships & African American Outreach 

The White House

 

COVID-19: Background & Additional Information

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Whole-of-America Response

Guidelines for Opening Up America Again

President Trump has unveiled Guidelines for Opening Up America Again, a three-phased approach based on the advice of public health experts. These steps will help state and local officials when reopening their economies, getting people back to work, and continuing to protect American lives. Please click here for more information: Guidelines for Opening Up America Again

  • Testing Overview (HERE)
  • Testing Blueprint (HERE)
  • Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools and Homes (HERE)

PPP & Main Street Lending Program Guidance from Treasury

The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Federal Reserve Board released additional guidance regarding the Paycheck Protection Program and Main Street Lending Program:

Assistance for Small Businesses

The Paycheck Protection Program is working to provide small businesses with the resources they need to maintain their payroll, hire back employees who may have been laid off, and cover applicable overhead.

PPP - Program Overview

For Borrowers

For Lenders

Program Rules

For more information and updates, visit Treasury.gov/CARES and SBA.gov/PayCheckProtection.

Assistance for American Workers and Families

How to Help – If you or your organization are interested in helping the effort to combat the spread of COVID-19, FEMA has established a website (www.fema.gov/coronavirus/how-to-help) with more information. Examples for the private sector include:

  • To sell medical supplies or equipment to the federal government, please submit a price quote under the COVID-19 PPE and Medical Supplies Request for Quotation. Full details can be found in the solicitation (Notice ID 70FA2020R00000011)
    • This solicitation requires registration with the System for Award Management (SAM) in order to be considered for award, pursuant to applicable regulations and guidelines.  Registration information can be found at www.sam.gov. Registration must be “ACTIVE” at the time of award.
    • After you have completed a questionnaire that is linked in the Request for Proposal/Request for Quote you will be prompted to submit a formal bid.
  • If you have medical supplies or equipment to donate, please provide us details on what you are offering.
  • If you or someone you know represent a hospital or healthcare provider in need of medical supplies, please contact your state, local, tribal or territory department of public health and/or emergency management agency.
  • If you are interested in doing business with FEMA and supporting the response to COVID- 19 with your company’s non-medical goods and/or services, please submit your inquiry to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Procurement Action Innovative Response Team (PAIR) team at DHSIndustryLiaison@hq.dhs.gov.
  • If you would like to meet with a federal agency regarding a vaccine, diagnostic, therapeutic or other medical device that you are developing for SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19, please go to medicalcountermeasures.gov.
  • For all others issues related to the private sector, please e-mail nbeoc@max.gov or visit our National Business Emergency Operations Center page.

For additional information, please visit FEMA’s website: https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus/.

For background and the most up-to-date information, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus Disease 2019 website: HERE

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

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