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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Information and Resources for Nonprofits

The Wyoming Nonprofit Network is actively monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on nonprofits and resources available for the sector. We are in frequent communication with Wyoming's nonprofits, state health and safety partners, the National Council of Nonprofits,  and other state nonprofit associations across the country.

Currently working on this website page to update and add information - April 2nd 12:00 PM;
check back early this afternoon.

April 2, 2020 - Payroll Protection Program
f your organization is planning to apply for the PPP (or interested in applying), the advice we received today from SBA is to talk to your banker today! Ask if they are a SBA lender, if they are, get in their queue for an appointment. Here is a list of Wyoming SBA lenders, but keep in mind that there are additional lenders that need to be added. Check with your bank first even if they aren't on this list. To help you prepare for your meeting with your banker, see the SBA sample application form here. Check back on the SBA website tomorrow for an updated form.

The need is greater than the money available. It is highly likely only the nonprofits that apply early will have a chance to get funded. Applications open tomorrow, April 3rd. 

If you are eligible, you can borrow money to primarily pay your staff but also for rent and utilities with the potential that the loan will be forgiven later as a grant. 

See this side by side chart for basic information about PPP, EIDL and Mid-Size Loan Program. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has put together a user-friendly guide as well. 

March 31, 2020 - Federal Coronavirus Relief Bills Webinar Recording
The networks of the National Council of Nonprofits hosted a national presentation yesterday (March 31) to help charitable nonprofits understand the various provisions of the following Federal Relief Bills:

    • Families First Act - Paid Sick and Family Leave; Refundable Payroll Tax Credit
    • Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)
      • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) 
      • Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) 
        • Normal EIDL
        • Emergency EIDL Grants
      • Mid-Size Business Loan Program
      • Other provisions: 
        • Charitable Giving Incentives
        • Employee Retention Tax Credit
        • Unemployment Insurance
        • Student Loans

Watch the webinar. You can find the slides here, but we strongly suggest you listen/watch the webinar as there is additional information and important questions that are answered.

Survey: COVID-19 and its Impact on Wyoming Nonprofits
The Wyoming Nonprofit Network completed a survey of nonprofits in Wyoming to better understand the current and potential impact of COVID-19 on the charitable nonprofit sector. The survey was open from Monday, March 16, 2020 to Saturday, March 21, 2020. There were 209 responses. We would like to remind readers the response to COVID-19 dramatically escalated during the week the survey was open. It was clear as the week progressed nonprofits were having to increasingly adapt delivery of services and for some, were starting to suspend services all together.  As events were cancelled and program revenue sources were eliminated, the financial concerns escalated each day the survey was open. For more information about the survey, contact Jody Shields at jshields@wynonprofit.org
Survey Report

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans
Wyoming small businesses and nonprofits are now eligible to apply for up to $2 million in Economic Injury Disaster Loans designed to help small businesses and private nonprofits that have suffered substantial economic injury as a result of Covid-19. The low-interest loans (2.75% rate for nonprofits), provide working capital to help organizations survive until normal operations resume after the disaster. There is currently a clause that excludes nonprofits that are eligible to receive Medicaid reimbursements. The Wyoming Business Council highly recommends working with your local Wyoming SBDC regional directors or Business Council regional directors to ensure your application is thorough and complete so it can be processed as promptly as possible. Find your SBDC regional director here or get in touch with your WBC regional director here.
Application Link

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act
On March 19th, the President signed into law, H.R., 6201 The Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The bill includes a complex set of temporary paid leave mandates and employer reimbursement provisions, as well as funding for free coronavirus testing, food nutrition security, and unemployment extension. Thank you to the National Council of Nonprofits for providing this analysis.

RESOURCES and Tools:

Wyoming Resources

Wyoming Information Sharing Platform (WISP)
Wyoming related COVID-19 information.

Governor Mark Gordon (Facebook)

Wyoming Unemployment
If someone does not have internet access, they can file by phone 307-473-3789 (due to the volume of calls, the wait time will be very long). For general information about Unemployment Insurance, see their FAQ page.

Wyoming 2-1-1Statewide helpline and website provides free, confidential, health and human services information and referral.

National and International Resources

National Council of Nonprofits
Nonprofits and Coronavirus, COVID-19

How We Can Support Each Other and Our Communities During the Coronavirus Crises
From the National Council of Nonprofits

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Interim Guidelines for Businesses and Employers)

World Health Organization

Tools and Technology

Tips for Setting up Successful, Online Meetings Meetings
From The Align Team

Zoom - Offers a free option and WNN members can save 20% on subscriptions that offer additional features. Members go to benefit page or email info@wynonprofit.org.

Google Hangouts Premium is free through July 1

Microsoft Teams is available for free for six months

GoToMeeting is offering remote work tools free for three months

FreeConferenceCall.com - Free conference calls 

TechSoup - Nonprofit Resources for Remote Work During the COVID-19 Outbreak

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