COVID-19 Economic Relief Information
The purpose of this page is to provide up-to-date information for small businesses, non-profits, and local units of government in Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren Counties as it relates to COVID-19 economic relief.
U.S. Economic Development Administration - the CARES Act provides EDA with $1.5 billion for economic development programs to help communities recover from COVID-19.
In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, a once-in-a-generation opportunity has been created. The CARES Act has produced a $1.5 billion fund for economic recovery through the Economic Development Administration. Southwest Michigan must respond aggressively to capture our share of this funding for vital economic development projects and planning. The opportunity is uniquely broad and inclusive and the local match split required is amazingly small. This is our moment to be ambitious and innovative in reimagining our post-pandemic economy. Read more...
Cornerstone Alliance - a zero-interest loan program for Berrien County businesses and non-profits that have a rent or mortgage payment due in April and/or May of 2020
Cornerstone Alliance SBA Microloan - as a Microloan Intermediary, Cornerstone Small Business Services can provide small business loans to both women and men whose business is located in Berrien, Cass, or Van Buren Counties.
Greater Niles Chamber - the Greater Niles Chamber Emergency Relief Program is for locally owned, small business members (less than 100 employees) located within the Greater Niles Chamber of Commerce’s designated service areas of the City of Niles, Niles Township, the City of Buchanan, Buchanan Township, Bertrand Township, and Howard Township that are being impacted by recent closure mandates.
Market Van Buren - resources for businesses in Van Buren County
Michigan Economic Development Corporation - a list of state and federal resources for small businesses
MEDC Northern Initiatives Program - the Michigan Strategic Fund approved the $2 million Northern Initiatives Program through MEDC’s Capital Access program to provide micro and small business loans to Michigan businesses that have been most impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak
Michigan Paycheck Protection Program - the Michigan Paycheck Protection Program (MiPPP) provides small businesses in Michigan COVID-19 relief, giving funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits.
U.S. Small Business Administration - information on the Paycheck Protection Program, guidance for businesses, debt relief, loans, and more
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development - HUD COVID-19 resources and fact sheets
USDA Rural Development - the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Rural Development will be offering historically low interest rates for infrastructure projects starting in April. This includes everything from water and sewer projects to emergency vehicles and critical infrastructure like township halls and fire stations.
Federal Transit Administration - the CARES Act provides $25 billion to transit agencies to help to prevent, prepare for and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic
Federal Emergency Management Agency - certain private non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for funding through FEMA's Public Assistance program
U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship - the small business owner's guide to the CARES Act
Federal Rural Resource Guide - this resource matrix organizes funding opportunities identified in the CARES Act and other federal resources that can help support rural America. Opportunities are categorized by customer and assistance type.
US Chamber of Commerce Foundation - Funded by corporate and philanthropic partners, the Save Small Business Fund is a collective effort to provide $5,000 grants to as many small employers as we can.
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Resources for individuals
IRS' "Get My Payment" - Check your economic impact payment (stimulus check) status, confirm your payment type, enter bank information for direct deposit
For up-to-date health information, please visit your local health department's website.