The Senate passed a nearly $5 billion relief package on April 21, 2020. We anticipate a vote on the bill as early as Thursday, April 23, but will keep you informed as things may change.
Last night we sent letters of support to Congressmen Simpson and Fulcher to encourage swift passage of the legislation. More than 225 nonprofits and community members signed onto our letters. Thank you! We are the voice of the sector, but our voice is louder when we take action together.
In the event that this bill passes and is signed into law by President Trump, remember our advice from last week when the PPP and EIDL (payroll protection and emergency injury disaster) programs ran out of funding:
Here’s what we know about the 25 page bill as reported by CNN.com late yesterday:
While there wasn’t state and local funding in this bill, leaders are expected to continue to push for more in a separate relief package in the near future. We will keep you informed as we learn more about future legislation and advocacy opportunities.
We will issue an alert as soon as you are able to submit your application for either of these programs. Our advice is the same: don’t panic, just prepare.
In the meantime, be sure to check out our COVID-19 resource pages, as we continually update them online.
There are funds in nearly every region of Idaho that are currently accepting applications for grants. Innovia Foundation has set up COVID-19 Community Response And Recovery Funds in north and north central Idaho; the Idaho Community Foundation has a statewide (with regional funding) COVID-19 Fund for Idaho; and Bank of Idaho, in partnership with Idaho National Laboratory, has the Community Commitment Fund in eastern Idaho. Many of our United Way partners are also involved in recovery funds so remember to reach out to your regional UW team for information.
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