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COVID-19 Relief Resources

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Resource List updated 3/30/2020.


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  • Ongoing list of Small Business/Restaurant resources, compiled by Sustainable Pittsburgh
  • AE Works in collaboration with Curio 412 and Alliance for Response Pittsburgh is hosting a free virtual roundtable at 1PM on Thursday 4/2 on Emergency Management and Preparedness. The discussion will be focused on strategies and resources for nonprofits, cultural and community organizations and small businesses.
  • Curio 412 has organized a whole series of webinars focused on providing free resources. Register for the Emergency Management & Preparedness Virtual Roundtable and others here.
  • AE Works and Citrin Consulting, have a free on demand webinar focused on managing and leading during times of crisis. It provides tools to manage virtual work environments, communication strategies and more to support business resiliency and workplace safety.
  • Prepared by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Coronavirus Emergency Loans: Small Business Guide and Checklist
  • The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) is announcing an extension to the PEMA application submission for the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2020 Nonprofit Security Grant Program(NSGP). The application submission deadline is now April 7, 2020 by 5pm.
  • Hello Alice is offering $10,000 grants being distributed immediately to small business owners impacted by coronavirus, as part of our broader mission to ensure Business for All. In addition to funding, grant recipients will receive ongoing support from the Hello Alice community.
  • COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program (CWCA): DCED is offering working capital for the purposes of assisting with operations, excluding fixed assets, and the production of machinery and equipment. There will be a limit of $100,000 for each loan and interest rates could vary from 0%-2%. The PIDA partners with a network of nonprofit organizations called Certified Economic Development Organizations (CEDOs) to administer the CWCA loan program. The loan application will need to be submitted to the PIDA Office by the CEDO for final approval. To determine which CEDO(s) serve your business’s county and to receive additional information about the CWCA ProgramLearn more
  • Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA)
    PIDA is currently putting together the Small Business First Fund to make $61,000,000 available for business assistance. Funds can be used for working capital loans of up to $100,000 given to small businesses (any maybe nonprofits) who employ 100 or fewer people. Currently the interest rates are set at 3% but the PIDA board can adjust the interest rates as low as 0%. More information will be available in the next coming days.
    PIDA also provides low-interest loans and lines of credit for eligible businesses that create and retain full-time jobs for the development of industrial parks and/or multi-tenant facilities. To get additional information about what is offered in your county and to apply, click here go to and check the Certified Providers By County.
  • SBA Disaster Loan Assistance: The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19. Learn More.
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Critical Medical Supplies Procurement Portal: A new web portal has been created to expedite the procurement of critical medical supplies for Pennsylvania’s health care system. This portal is for manufacturers, distributors and other suppliers to inform us of supplies available for purchase and will allow us to more quickly and efficiently procure these supplies for hospitals and medical facilities across PA. Learn more.
  • OSHA COVID-19 Safe Working Guidelines: Get informed on OSHA standards and directives and other related information that may apply to worker exposure COVID-19 and recordkeeping. Learn more.
  • Updated List of Essential Businesses: View the list of businesses that may continue physical operations, in relation to the Governor’s Executive Order mandating closures for COVID-19 mitigation. Learn more.
  • Urban Redevelopment Authority has compiled a list of resources for businesses and individuals. 
  • Hebrew Free Loan Association of Pittsburgh has announced a Coronavirus Financial Bridge Loan Program to provide interest-free loans on a nonsectarian basis for up to $5,000 to residents of Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Westmoreland, Washington, and Armstrong counties who are facing financial challenges caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.
  •  U.S. Small Business Administration Guide to plan and respond to COVID-19.
  • Honeycomb Credit is offering the Honeycomb Relief Loan program to small businesses affected by the COVID-19. These loans up to $50,000 will offer a 45-day payment free period and a six-month interest-only period. Honeycomb is also streamlining its diligence process, accelerating the speed that it launches campaigns onto its platform, and reducing fees across the board.
  • The PA Department of Community and Economic Development has a list of contacts and resources that are available to assist affected businesses.
  • Chatham University Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship is offering services, including counseling sessions and technical assistance, by telephone.
  • Google is offering guidance for small businesses, including how to communicate with your customers and employees, how to effectively work from home, and how to modify advertising, among other topics.
  • URA small business borrowers should contact their URA loan officer via email or phone.
  • Rep. Sara Innamorato has put together a google doc with lots of great resources for business and individuals which can be found: HERE. 
  • COVID-19 Small Business Preparedness Checklist, prepared by the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence.
  • Allegheny Conference has created a website with responses, resources, and more HERE. 
  • Bridgeway Capital’s relief and resources for small businesses and nonprofits economically impacted by COVID-19
  • WEBINAR 3/25 at 2 PM ET: Business Survival Tactics During Coronavirus

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  • March 23, 9:30 am to 10:45 am: Attend FREE Safety Training Webinar
    INFECTIOUS DISEASES by PA Training for Health & Safety
  • March 27, 9:30 am to 10:30 am: Attend FREE Safety Training Webinar PANDEMIC PREPAREDNESS (INFLUENZA) sponsored by PA Training for Health & Safety
  • COVID 19 Case Tracking by Geographic Region
    • The Pennsylvania Department of Health has a resource page for the Commonwealth including daily briefings, the current number of cases, and a map indicating the number of cases in each county.
    • The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has a page and map tracking the reported cases in each state.
    • The Atlantic Magazine has a publicly accessible google spreadsheet tracking COVID-19 testing in each state in the US. This spreadsheet is updated numerous times a day and includes total numbers of tests, pending, positives, negatives, deaths, and time of last update.
    • Worldometer is tracking international statistics related to the Pandemic on their COVID-19 Coronavirus Outbreak page. Worldometer is an international statistics resource owned by Dadax and was voted one of the best free reference websites by the American Library Association.
  • Health Information
  • Municipal Officials and Public Employers in Pennsylvania
    • The Pennsylvania Municipal League’s (PML) News and Announcements page has numerous regularly updated resources, including a downloadable presentation for public employers created by Campbell Durrant, P.C.
    • Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors has an information page including a webinar created by attorney’s providing guidance for municipal officials.
    • For more information about Right to Know Requests during the outbreak Open Records PA has created this page. 
    • For more general information about the Sunshine Act during the pandemic please reference this page.
    • For a list of public information and community engagement tools (including a spreadsheet with more than 100 tools and applications) for municipalities and community leaders, including hosting virtual public meeting and getting community feedback see this page.  The list was created by Sustainable Jersey and adapted for use in Pennsylvania by Sustainable Pittsburgh.
  • Other Resources for Local Governments

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