$2500 Grants for crook county businesses

Apply for a covid-19 business crisis grant

Crook County has formed a local COVID-19 Business Assistance Task Force to help local companies deal with the Coronavirus economic impacts affecting daily business operations.

Technical assistance with federal resources, local grant dollars, and regional assistance are available through the collaboration effort.

  • Funding for eligible operational costs (i.e. Rent, Mortgage, Utilities, etc.) incurred between April 1, 2020 and May 31, 2020
  • Maximum grant amount is $2,500 per company with local ownership
  • Grants will be distributed by the Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce after approval from the COVID-19 Economic Impact Task Force
  1. Business has a physical presence in Crook County and can show direct impact by the government-mandated shut down due to Coronavirus.
  2. Business has 35 or less FTE (full-time equivalent employees) in Crook County.
  3. Business can provide information to support operational expenses.
  4. Exclusions; national and regional chains with no local ownership. Local franchise owners can apply.
  5. There is a scoring matrix that will ultimately determine if a company qualifies for the grant dollars.

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CORONAVIRUS NEWS

coronavirus information for everyone

COVID-19 Quick Info

For information on personal hygiene, social distancing, and what to do if you are sick, visit the Crook County Health Department page of the OHA Coronavirus page.

Over the next several weeks, most Americans will see their payment of $1,200 per individual, $2,400 per couple, and $500 per child (claimed on last year’s tax return, up to age 17) arrive directly to their bank account via direct deposit thanks to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

The IRS announced a change for veterans who receive disability compensation, a pension, or survivor benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs – these veterans DO NOT need to do anything to receive their payment.

Those on Social Security who do not file taxes also DO NOT need to file anything to receive this new payment.

Low income individuals with a gross income between $12,200 for individuals and $24,400 for married couples that do not file taxes, WILL need to submit information to the IRS to receive this payment. You can provide this information through the IRS’s website here.

For additional information about the economic impact payment you can visit the IRS website here

The IRS launched the “Get My Payment” web portal with features to let taxpayers check on their Economic Impact Payment date and update direct deposition information. Click here to check on the status of your payment.

Plans are definitely forming! To get the latest, you can see updates from Governor Brown’s office here.

Employees & Job Seekers​

Some resources that may help you

Looking get hired?

Information for workers and job seekers.

Mandatory Employer Paid Sick, Family & Medical Leave

Click here to download a pdf a chart explaining Paid Leave and Tax Provisions.

H.R. 6201– the second Coronavirus bill, that was just signed into law by the President — requires employers to provide notice of eligibility to employees. The Department of Labor is required to create model notification within 7 days after enactment of the bill.

Worker Safety & Complaints

Please connect with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries: Call 971-673-0761 or email mailb@boli.state.or.us

OSHA helps guide employees in knowing what their rights as workers are, and helps them maintain a safe workplace. So check them out here.

You can reference this page at OSHA to learn about what is considered risky and see their guidance.

COVID-19 Scenarios & Available Benefits

Oregon has put out a handy chart comparing scenarios and benefits available–either employer paid sick leave or unemployment insurance. See the chart here to know what you may qualify for.

The State of Oregon Employment has a great resource for unemployment issues related to COVID-19. You can check it out here.

It’s easy to do, but takes a long time right now to get processed. Simply apply for Unemployment Insurance online! You can try calling them instead, but it’s very hard to get through their phone lines. Their phone number is 877-345-3484. Unfortunately, WorkSource can’t process unemployment claims, so DO NOT go into a WorkSource center to apply. Applying online is your best bet.

Unemployment Department is highly overloaded with work. So don’t expect to get through on the phone lines. And know that occasionally their website might even go down. Just keep trying and be patient! These are rough times for their old 1990’s computer system. 

DOL has issued guidance which explains the flexibility States have to provide unemployment benefits when:

  • An employer temporarily ceases operations due to COVID-19, preventing employees from coming to work;
  • An individual is quarantined with the expectation of returning to work after the quarantine is over; and
  • An individual leaves employment due to a risk of exposure or infection or to care for a family member.

To find out details on your state’s unemployment insurance program, visit DOL’s website here.

Also, you can find a list of state-specific FAQ’s about unemployment insurance and COVID-19 here.

Unemployment isn't enough. Help!

Learn about government programs from USA.gov to help pay for phone bills, medical bills, and other expenses.

For a list of Oregon utility companies that are extending service during this outbreak, you can view a helpful publication here.

You can apply online for health insurance for the unemployed through the Oregon Health Plan.

Check out the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – It can help supplement your food budget if you qualify.

SNAP (EBT cards) can be used for online grocery shopping from these stores:

Other stores may offer this service as well. 

You can also look locally for food banks.

Businesses, Farms & Non-Profits

Answers to questions and helpful resources

Capital & Financial Assistance Programs

Small Business Administration COVID-19 Guidance & Loan Resources
Federal guidance for small businesses, including information on the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program

Business Oregon Interim Resources for Businesses
State COVID-19 resources for Oregon businesses​

The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing potentially forgivable loans toward job retention and certain other expenses.

Small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations, Veterans organizations, and Tribal businesses described in the Small Business Act, as well as individuals who are self-employed or are independent contractors, are eligible if they also meet program size standards.

  • For a top-line overview of the program CLICK HERE
  • If you’re a borrower, more information can be found HERE
  • The application for borrowers can be found HERE(Your lender may require that you fill out an online application instead. Be sure to check with them.)

     

Starting on 4/27/2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA) began processing more Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans. This came after President Trump signed into law more funding for the PPP, EIDL, and other programs.

Learn more here.

Other resources on the Paycheck Protection Program:

To find lenders who are accepting applications in Oregon, check out this page.

First of all, if you’re a locally owned business here in Crook County with a physical location, see if you qualify to apply for this $2500 grant.

Secondly, here are some other helpful options.

  • According to Secretary Mnuchin, the Administration is in the process of working on a regulation to allow some businesses who have large amounts of their workforce out to take a tax credit in advance. This is designed to help small businesses with cash flow needs to make payroll and comply with new leave requirements. 
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program — The SBA will work directly with the governor of Oregon, as well as other state governors, to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by COVID-19. The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
    • Click here for more information from SBA. 
  • SBA provides several loan resources for small businesses to utilize when operating their business. For more info on loans or how to connect with a lender, click here.
    • How to get access to lending partners: SBA has developed Lender Match, a free online referral tool that connects small businesses with participating SBA -approved lenders within 48 hours.
      • 7(a) program — provides loan amounts up to $5,000,000 and is an all-inclusive loan program deployed by lending partners for eligible small business within the U.S. states and territories. The uses of proceeds including: working capital; expansion/renovation; new construction; purchase of land or buildings; purchase of equipment, fixtures; lease-hold improvements; refinancing debt for compelling reasons; seasonal line of credit; inventory; or starting a business. 
      • Express loan program — provides loans up to $350,000 for no more than 7 years with an option to revolve. There is a turnaround time of 36 hours for approval or denial of a completed application. The uses of proceeds are the same as the standard 7(a) loan. 
      • Community Advantage loan pilot program — allows mission-based lenders to assist small businesses in under-served markets with a maximum loan size of $250,000. The uses of proceeds are the same as the standard 7(a) loan.  
      • 504 loan program — designed to foster economic development and job creation and/or retention. The eligible use of proceeds is limited to the acquisition or eligible refinance of fixed assets.  
      • Microloan program — involves making loans through nonprofit lending organizations to under-served markets. Authorized use of loan proceeds includes working capital, supplies, machinery and equipment, and fixtures (does not include real estate). The maximum loan amount is $50,000 with the average loan size of $14,000.  
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Secretary Mnuchin has made clear immediate assistance is on the way. Moreover, H.R. 6047 — the first Coronavirus bill — allowed $1 billion in loan subsidies to be made available to help small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small aquaculture producers, and nonprofit organizations which have been impacted by financial losses as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. This funding could enable the Small Business Administration to provide an estimated $7 billion in loans to these entities. In addition, it provides $20 million to administer these loans.

SAIF has a $10 million worker safety fund. This resource will help eligible SAIF policyholders pay for expenses tied to making their workplace safer against COVID-19.

Federal & State Tax Deadlines & Payments

Hiring Employees

For Personal Income Tax (PIT), Transit Self-Employment Tax, and Fiduciary Taxpayers:

  • The Oregon return filing due date for tax year 2019 is automatically extended from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020.
  • The Oregon tax payment deadline for payments due with the tax year 2019 tax return is automatically extended to July 15, 2020.
  • Estimated tax payments for tax year 2020 are not extended.
  • The tax year 2019 six-month extension to file, if requested, continues to extend only the filing deadline until October 15, 2020

For Corporate Excise/Income Taxpayers:

  • The Oregon return filing due date for tax year 2019 is automatically extended from May 15, 2020 until July 15, 2020. Fiscal year returns due after May 15, 2020 are not extended at this time.
  • The Oregon tax payment deadline for payments due with the 2019 return by May 15, 2020 is automatically extended to July 15, 2020.
  • Payments for fiscal year returns due after May 15, 2020 are not extended at this time.
  • Estimated tax payments for tax year 2020 are not extended

For more information, or to check for updates to this question, please visit the Oregon Department of Revenue.

DOL has issued guidance that can be found here, which explains flexibility states have to provide unemployment benefits when:

-An employer temporarily ceases operations due to COVID-19, preventing employees from coming to work;
-An individual is quarantined with the expectation of returning to work after the quarantine is over; and
-An individual leaves employment due to a risk of exposure or infection or to care for a family member.


To find out details on your state’s unemployment insurance program, visit DOL’s website here.

Also, you can find a list of state-specific FAQ’s about unemployment insurance and COVID-19 here.

Reducing Employee Hours & Unemployment

Work Share allows employers to leverage Partial Unemployment Insurance benefits for employers whose workforce is impacted by COVID-19.

Visit Work Share Oregon to learn more.

Oregon Employment Department is providing unemployment benefits through the CARES Act Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. 

Eligibility Oregonians who are eligible for this program include individuals who do not qualify for or cannot collect benefits on a regular unemployment insurance claim. This includes Oregonians who:

  • are self-employed and not subject to unemployment insurance tax;
  • perform work as an independent contractor;
  • perform work not subject to unemployment insurance tax, such as agricultural workers;
  • did not earn enough in wages or work enough hours to qualify for regular unemployment benefits;
  • exhausted regular unemployment benefits, and are not eligible for another extension.

In addition, to be eligible, you must be unemployed, partially unemployed, or unable and unavailable for work due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learn more here.

How to Apply

Please access the PUA application and certification forms on the CARES Act section of the Employment Department’s COVID-19 web page.

The bill immediately provides $500 million in emergency administrative grants to increase state capacity to process unemployment applications and make payments. It also makes an additional $500 million available to states that experience a 10%  increase in unemployment to provide 100% federally funded benefits to provide extra weeks of benefits.

DOL has issued guidance that can be found here, which explains flexibility states have to provide unemployment benefits when:

-An employer temporarily ceases operations due to COVID-19, preventing employees from coming to work;
-An individual is quarantined with the expectation of returning to work after the quarantine is over; and
-An individual leaves employment due to a risk of exposure or infection or to care for a family member.


To find out details on your state’s unemployment insurance program, visit DOL’s website here.

Also, you can find a list of state-specific FAQ’s about unemployment insurance and COVID-19 here.

Mandatory Paid Leave

Click here to download a pdf a chart explaining Paid Leave and Tax Provisions.

H.R. 6201 provides significant relief to businesses that otherwise may not be able to afford the employee costs associated with coronavirus-related paid leave.  Treasury has broad regulatory authority to advance funds to employers to protect businesses concerned about cash flow.  In a March 14th press release, Treasury stated that “employers will be able to use cash deposited with the IRS to pay sick leave wages.  Additionally, for businesses that would not have sufficient taxes to draw from, Treasury will use its regulatory authority to make advances to small businesses to cover such costs.”

H.R. 6201 — the second Coronavirus bill, which was just signed into law by President Trump — includes a refundable payroll tax credit to reimburse– dollar-for-dollar — local businesses for paid sick leave and family and medical leave wages paid to employees that are affected by COVID-19. Click here for an explanation of who is eligible and for what amounts.

H.R. 6201 permits the Secretary of Labor to exempt businesses with fewer than 50 employees from the longer-term mandate where it creates significant hardship.

The benefits under H.R. 6201 are not an expense for the business, rather it operates as a benefit to both the worker and the employer.  The legislation will ensure that every dollar of leave that an employer is required to pay is reimbursed — dollar-for-dollar — by the federal government.  It will allow workers to care for themselves and loved ones impacted by coronavirus.  Additionally, the credit will help businesses to stay up and running.  After all, workers who knowingly show up sick jeopardize the health of coworkers and business operations.

Nearly 90% of businesses with more than 500 employees offer paid sick leave to their full-time workers.  To facilitate more universal coverage of paid sick leave, H.R. 6201 provides temporary federal coverage for paid sick and family leave to all employers with fewer than 500 employees.

Farms & Ranches

Towards the end of April 2020, President Trump signed a supplemental funding package to replenish a number of federal COVID-19 relief programs. Importantly, this package expanded eligibility for Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) to farms, ranches, and other agriculture businesses with up to 500 employees. Learn more here.

Non-Profits

The Oregon Community Recovery Grant program will provide funds to nonprofit organizations in Oregon that are particularly affected by the outbreak of COVID-19.

SBA Disaster Loans are low-interest loans made available by the U.S. Small Business Administration for non-profits across Oregon who have been affected by COVID-19.

The NonProfit Association of Oregon has a incredibly thorough set of resources to check out. 

Lenders

If you’re a lender, more information can be found HERE

The Small Business Administration has also launched a hotline for lenders who need assistance accessing SBA’s E-Tran system. That number is: 1-833-572-0502. More answers from the SBA can be found here.

Healthcare, Testing & Supplies

Information and answers to common questions

Healthcare

The Crook County Health Department has relevant and accurate information that is specific to our county.  They work every day to improve the health and well-being of those living in Crook County and provide a variety of programs and services that keep you safe and healthy.

H.R. 6201– the second Coronavirus bill, that was just signed into law by the President — provided a temporary increase in the federal share of Medicaid spending.

Yes. Vulnerable seniors on Medicare need care, and providers must be able to focus on the most critical patients, especially during this national emergency. The Trump Administration has quickly acted on Congress’s work in the first coronavirus emergency supplemental to expand access to telehealth. Beginning on March 6, 2020, Medicare will temporarily broaden its policy to pay clinicians to provide telehealth services for seniors across the country. A robust FAQ via CMS– which includes what services are eligible and enforcement details– can be found here.

Product Manufacturing & Volunteering

Organizations or individuals seeking to contract with the federal government to import or manufacture medical products to aid the U.S. response submit information to FEMA through the a Request for Proposal, available here.

Organizations or individuals that wish to donate medical supplies or equipment via HHS or FEMA can submit that information here.

Inquiries from organizations or individuals, including individuals who want to volunteer or organizations that want to produce a product related to the COVID response, among other inquiries, can be referred to https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus/how-to-help.

Testing & Supplies

CDC updated the PPE Burn Rate Calculator, a spreadsheet-based model that will help health care facilities plan and optimize the use of PPE for response to COVID-19. More here.

You can now see PPE shipments to Oregon counties here.

Tests can be ordered from IDT, ThermoFisher, or Roche. All state public health labs are up and running, and LabCorp and Quest are also running tests. CDC continues to update their guidance, which can be accessed here.

H.R. 6047 — the first Coronavirus bill — included more than $4 billion to make diagnostic tests more broadly available; to support treatments to ease the symptoms of those infected with the virus; and to invest in vaccine development and to procure vaccines when they are available.

H.R. 6201– the second Coronavirus bill, that was just signed into law by the President — requires free access to coronavirus testing, ensuring there are no cost barriers to these tests. It also included $1.2 billion to help cover the costs of testing, including $142 million to directly help our servicemembers and veterans.

The Administration is working with industry partners to increase capacity. Moreover, the U.S. Trade Representative moved quickly to grant tariff exclusions to reduce the cost of a broad range of medical and health-related items, including hospital gowns and headwear, medical gloves, face masks, surgical drapes, biohazard bags, cleansing wipes, anti-microbial linens, and protective glasses.

Children, Seniors, Low-Income Families

Answers and the latest information to help you

Childcare & School

You can learn the latest from the Oregon Department of Education on the status of child care in Oregon and how you can receive care for your child, if eligible, here.

You can view Governor Brown’s April 23, 2020 statement about extending child care here.

H.R. 6201– the second Coronavirus bill, that was signed into law by the President — provides family leave for caretakers if the child’s school or place of care has been closed, or the child-care provider is unavailable, due to a coronavirus.

The Oregon Department of Education has put together a large page with lots of resources for families and educators who are involved in the Distance Learning for All program. You can view their page here

You can learn about why she chose to close all schools across the State of Oregon here.

Recognizing that physical closures of schools under unprecedented circumstances impact Oregon’s high school seniors in particular, the Oregon Department of Education today released new guidance for pathways for seniors to graduate.

Vulnerable Seniors

Yes. Vulnerable seniors on Medicare need care, and providers must be able to focus on the most critical patients, especially during this national emergency. The Trump Administration has quickly acted on Congress’s work in the first coronavirus emergency supplemental to expand access to telehealth. Beginning on March 6, 2020, Medicare will temporarily broaden its policy to pay clinicians to provide telehealth services for seniors across the country. A robust FAQ via CMS– which includes what services are eligible and enforcement details– can be found here.

Both the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission are reporting a spike in coronavirus related scams including home testing kits, fake cures, and other malicious attempts to prey on COVID-19 fears.

The Treasury Department will NOT ask you to pay anything for the payment most Americans will receive as a result of the CARES Act and will not contact you for your bank account information. If you are contacted by someone claiming to be from the government asking for this type of information, please report it to www.ftc.gov/complaint.

AVOID SCAMS BY:

  • Don’t respond to texts, emails or calls about checks from the government. The details are still coming together.
  • Ignore online offers for vaccinations. There are no products proven to treat or prevent COVID-19 at this time.
  • Be wary of ads for test kits. The FDA just announced approval for one home test kit, which requires a doctor’s order. But most test kits being advertised have not been approved by the FDA, and aren’t necessarily accurate.
  • Hang up on robocalls. Scammers are using illegal robocalls to pitch everything from low-priced health insurance to work-at-home schemes.
  • Watch for emails claiming to be from the CDC or WHO. Use sites like coronavirus.gov and usa.gov/coronavirus to get the latest information. And don’t click on links from sources you don’t know.
  • Do your homework when it comes to donations. Never donate in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money.


You can learn more about how to protect yourself from these types of scams here.

View the interactive map on the Department of Human Service’s website.

Food & Meals

H.R. 6201– the second Coronavirus bill, that was signed into law by the President — provided half a billion dollars for WIC (the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children) to help low-income pregnant women or mothers with young children who lose their jobs or are laid off due to the coronavirus emergency.

To learn about how to get Meals on Wheels for seniors, you can find local programs by entering your zip code on this site.

There are over 800 summer meal sites in Oregon with free meals for kids and teens ages 1-18. Summer meal programs may serve a combination of lunch, breakfast, supper and morning or afternoon snacks. Some programs also offer learning activities for kids before or after meals. Use this map to find a site near you.

Oregon Food Bank will be keeping their Find Food page updated as pantries’ emergency hours and operations change. Keep checking the page for up-to-date information about the closest food pantry in your area.

H.R. 6201– the second Coronavirus bill, that was signed into law by the President — provided $250 million for the Senior Nutrition program in the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to provide approximately 25 million additional home-delivered and pre-packaged meals to low-income seniors who depend on the Senior Nutrition programs in their communities.

You can check out the Aging & Disability Resource Connection of Oregon for more information on getting food delivery.

This funding will provide meals to low-income seniors:

          -who are home-bound;
          -who have disabilities;
          -who have multiple chronic illnesses;
          -as well as caregivers for seniors who are home-bound.

H.R. 6201 — the second Coronavirus bill, that was signed into law by the President — included $400 million to assist local food banks in meeting the demand for low-income Americans during the coronavirus emergency.

To find a food bank near you, visit this page.

H.R. 6201– the second Coronavirus bill, that was signed into law by the President — allows the Department of Agriculture to approve state plans to provide emergency EBT food assistance to households with children who would otherwise receive free or reduced-priced meals if not for their schools being closed due to the coronavirus emergency.

Though closed, schools will be serving meals throughout the rest of the school year. To find a school meal site in your community, the Summer Meals map now shows where families can get meals for kids during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

To find information regarding a specific School District, check this comprehensive list of links to school meal plans during the closures. You can also text ‘FOOD’ or ‘COMIDA’ to 877-877 to find free meals near you.

Free meals are available to all children ages 1 to 18 to pick up “grab and go” style. To receive a school meal:

  • You do not have to attend that specific school or district to have access to these meals.
  • No application or income verification is needed.
  • Meals are available to students regardless of immigration status.

Most individuals cannot use their SNAP EBT cards to buy hot or prepared foods. The FNS website offers a list of eligible items here. Some States operate a Restaurant Meals Program, a special State-run program allowing SNAP consumers to purchase restaurant foods at concession prices. Currently, only Arizona and California participate in this program. Additional information can be found here and here.

EBT can be used for online grocery shopping from these stores:

Other stores may offer this service as well. 

Other Common Questions

Answers and resources to make things easier for you

You can find the contact number via the SSA website  — https://secure.ssa.gov/ICON/main.jsp

Or you can always call SSA’s 800 number at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778)

I need a benefit verification or a new/replacement Social Security card, but my local field office isn’t processing those right now.  What do I do? 

While SSA field offices are prioritizing dire need and benefits related actions at this time, the SSA’s online portal, mySocialSecurity, can be used to obtain a benefit verification and in most states, a replacement Social Security card.  Access the portal here: www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount

The State Department has repatriated over 50,000 Americans from more than 90 countries.

The State Department is making efforts to bring home Americans, including through commercial flights, chartered flights, and military transport. Any American abroad who needs assistance should contact their local U.S. embassy and register with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), available here or by calling 1-888-407-4747.

If you decide to travel abroad or are already outside the United States:

  • Consider returning to your country of residence immediately using whatever commercial means are available.
  • Have a travel plan that does not rely on the U.S. Government for assistance.
  • Review and follow the CDC’s guidelines for the prevention of coronavirus.
  • Check with your airline, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
  • Visit travel.state.gov to view individual Travel Advisories for the most urgent threats to safety and security.
  • Visit Embassy webpages on COVID-19 for information on conditions in each country or jurisdiction.
  • Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States.

Organizations or individuals seeking to contract with the federal government to import or manufacture medical products to aid the U.S. response submit information to FEMA through the a Request for Proposal, available here.

Organizations or individuals that wish to donate medical supplies or equipment can submit that information here.

Other inquiries from organizations or individuals, including individuals who want to volunteer or organizations that want to produce a product related to the COVID response, among other inquiries, can be referred to https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus/how-to-help.