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.
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 are included in the Relief Fund and the Mitigation Fund. Go to wyobizrelief.org for more information. APPLICATIONS CLOSED SEPTEMBER 15, 2020.
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
Emergency Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)
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.
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 Information Sharing Platform (WISP)
ServeWyoming - Volunteer Opportunities
How to Help - State Partners Flyer
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.
National and International Resources:
Tools and Technology:
Tips for Setting up Successful, Online Meetings Meetings
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