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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.

October 27, 2020 - Governor Mark Gordon has allocated remaining federal CARES Act funding to help Wyoming business and nonprofits. Unlike previous funds, there is no minimum or maximum number of employees required. 

  • Opens November 2, 2020 at 10:00 AM and closes November 18, 2020 at 8:00 PM.
  • Funding: Up to $250,000; cannot apply more than one time. 
  • Nonprofit Eligibility: All affected 501(c)3, (c)6, (c)12, (c)19 nonprofits with no more than 50% of time spent on lobbying (organization must be established prior to 3-13-20).
  • Eligible time frame: March 13, 2020 to application date.
  • Headquartered in Wyoming or principal operations in Wyoming.
  • Organizations with employees: 60% of employees employed in Wyoming or 60% of the payroll paid to individuals living in Wyoming. 
  • Unlike previous funds, there is no minimum or maximum number of employees required to apply for this fund. Nonprofits that are fully volunteer run are eligible to apply for this fund.
  • Funding awarded shall be used to compensate for actual losses and expenses associated with COVID-19 pandemic.
  • If you received funds from previous funds, you are still eligible for the Endurance Fund. You must include any previous payments and other CARES Act grant funds in the application, which will be deducted from the total award amount.
  • For more information, see Endurance Fund page, which includes a calculation worksheet and FAQs.

The Wyoming Business Council is offering an informational webinar on October 29th at 8:00 AM and a Q&A webinar on October 30th at 10:30 AM. Go to wyobizrelief.org to register. 

Impact on Nonprofits

The Wyoming Nonprofit Network conducted two surveys to gather information on the impact of COVID-19 on nonprofits. We are currently working on a third survey in collaboration with some of the foundations in the state. 
March Survey Report
April Survey Report

STATE RELIEF FUNDS

Gov. Gordon signed a bill on May 20 that created three grant programs to distribute $325 million of Wyoming's $1.25 billion allocation from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to Wyoming businesses who have experienced hardship related to the coronavirus pandemic. The Wyoming Business Council (WBC) is administering the Wyoming business relief programs. Nonprofits were excluded from this first program (Interruption Fund). Nonprofits were included in the Relief Fund and the Mitigation. Nonprofits are included in the Endurance Fund announced on October 26, 2020. Go to wyobizrelief.org for more information. APPLICATIONS: Open November 2, 2020 at 10:00 AM. Close November 18, 2020 at 8:00 PM.

FEDERAL LEGISLATION

PENDING LEGISLATION

The National Council of Nonprofits has put together a chart that outlines the provisions in the House-passed HEROES Act and the recently introduced Senate HEALS Act as they relate to policy priorities of the charitable nonprofit community.  All provisions are subject to ongoing negotiations and should not be considered final until a relief bill is enacted. For comparison purposes, there is a column for the CARES Act.

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)

On March 27, the House unanimously passed and President signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a $2 trillion economic stimulus law intended to provide immediate relief for individuals, nonprofits, businesses, and state and local governments. Key provisions of sector-wide interest to charitable nonprofit organizations include the following:

Paycheck Protection Program 
The Paycheck Protection Program closed on August 8, 2020. SBA is no longer accept applications from lenders.

Emergency Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)
Created emergency grants for eligible nonprofits and other applicants with 500 or fewer employees enabling them to receive checks for $10,000 within three days. More information

Charitable Giving Incentive - Creates a new about-the-line deduction (universal or non-itemizer deduction that applies to all taxpayers) for total contributions up to $300. 

Employee Retention Payroll Tax Credit - Creates a refundable payroll tax credit of up to $5,000 of each employee on the payroll when certain conditions are met.

Delayed Payment of Payroll Taxes - Allows employers to delay payment of the employer portion payroll taxes in 2020.

Economic Stabilization Fund - Creates a loan and loan guarantee program for industries that have not otherwise received economic relief in the form of loans or loan guarantees. Mid-sized nonprofits and business that have been 500 and 10,000 employees are eligible for loans under this provision. The parameters of this program is still being worked out.

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. 

National Council of Nonprofits - What the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Means to Nonprofits

Department of Labor - Families First Coronavirus Act Fact Sheets and FAQs
U.S. Chamber of Commerce - Coronavirus Paid Leave Programs: Employer's Guide


GRANTS

The Wyoming Community Foundation has established the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund to provide resources to nonprofits and other organizations directly supporting vulnerable residents and families in Wyoming. For more information, see their website.

The Community Foundation of Jackson Hole has established the Community  Emergency Response Fund. They are accepting requests for funding from Jackson area nonprofits.

The Lander Community Foundation has established the LCF COVID-19 Relief Fund. The fund will be used to support organizations in Lander that provide direct assistance to those affected by the outbreak of COVID-19. 

RESOURCES AND TOOLS:


The re-opening and the return of the workforce will look different for every organization. The purpose of Path Forward: Considerations and Resources for Nonprofit Re-Engagement is to help employers prepare for the return of their workforce and to help employees prepare to return to the workplace.  

Wyoming Resources:

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

Wyoming COVID-19 Information 

Governor Mark Gordon (Facebook)

Wyoming Public Health Orders and Guidelines

ServeWyoming - Volunteer Opportunities

How to Help - State Partners Flyer

Wyoming Unemployment
The Department of Workforce Services has expanded their call center to assist with unemployment claims. The new number is
888-674-7699 and hours have been expanded to 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM Monday through Friday. 

Human Resources Help for Wyoming Businesses and Nonprofits - See Flyer

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

What to do if you were exposed to someone with COVID-19?  Wyoming Dept of Health
English
Spanish

National and International Resources:

National Council of Nonprofits
Nonprofits and Coronavirus, COVID-19

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 and log-in or email info@wynonprofit.org.

FreeConferenceCall.com - Free conference calls 

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

Technology-enabling your nonprofit to succeed in the face of COVID-19
TECH IMPACT and 501 Commons



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