Funding for nonprofits - Funders in St. Lucie County have joined together to establish a coordinated Coronavirus (COVID-19) Relief and Recovery application process. This funding process will provide assistance to nonprofit organizations in St. Lucie County whose staff, services and clients have been impacted by a disaster. Click here!
Emergency Food & Shelter Program - The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) has allocated $120,348 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in St. Lucie County during Phase 37. The EFSP Program has also allocated an additional $171,582 to St. Lucie County to combat the effects of COVID-19 under the recently passed CARES Act. Click the link below to see if your organization is eligible. Click here!
Reemployment Assistance - If your employment has been negatively impacted as a result of the mitigation efforts in Florida to stop the spread of COVID-19, you may be eligible to receive Reemployment Assistance. Click here!
Unemployment Assistance - Learn how to apply for unemployment benefits, workers’ compensation, welfare or temporary assistance, and other programs and services that can help if you lose your job. The federal government is allowing states to change their laws to provide unemployment insurance benefits related to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Each state’s rules may be different. Contact your state’s unemployment insurance program to learn about and apply for unemployment insurance. Click here!
Amazon job openings - Amazon in Fort Pierce will have available job openings soon! Please find the hiring links below -- Set up your profile and job alerts and as soon as the positions are posted you will receive alerts to apply http://www.amazon.com/jobsnow
FEMA – Temporary Local Hires - FEMA hires local residents, who are disaster survivors, to help their fellow citizens in the recovery process to add to disaster operational staffing. They allow disaster survivors to get back to work while adding to the long-term recovery of the local community and bring a special understanding of the problems faced by their fellow disaster survivors. Click here!
Business Resources - The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is currently available to small business owners located in all Florida counties statewide that experienced economic damage as a result of COVID-19. Click here!
Small Business Bridge Loan Program (SBDC): 0% interest; 12 month term; up to $50,000 loan; must have 2-100 employees
Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (SBA): 3.75% interest (2.75% for non-profits); up to 30 year term; up to $2 million loan; the under 100 employee restriction does not apply for this program
Short-Time Compensation (STC): available to offset lost wages due to workforce reduction of hours and to avoid layoffs. Example: An employee normally works a 40 hour work week. The employee’s work week is reduced by eight hours or 20 percent. If the employee had been laid off and totally unemployed and determined eligible for UC, the individual would have received a weekly benefit amount of $275.00. The employer submits an STC plan and the plan is approved. Under the STC plan, the employee would receive $55.00 of benefits (or 20 percent of $275) in addition to the 32 hours of wages earned from the employer.
Internet Services - Xfinity WiFi Free For Everyone: Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser.
AT&T – AT&T created a new Distance Learning and Family Connections Fund to give parents, students and teachers tools they need for at-home learning. The fund also will provide resources to maintain meaningful connections and bonding opportunities for those isolated from family and friends. Click here!
FPL - For customers experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19, there are resources from FPL available to help, and to the extent they are available, they will continue to connect customers with resources from federal, state and local authorities. A good place to learn more is FPL.com/Help. For now, FPL also is suspending disconnections at least through the end of March.
Health Department - Many resources are available to help international, national, state and local governments, corporations and communities, and health care professionals develop preparedness plans and strengthen response to different scenarios. Click here!
211- 211 HelpLine offers a wealth of resources. If looking for assistance, please dial 2-1-1. Remember, The 211 Helpline is available 24/7 to connect you with resources for food, mental health, legal support and more. Click here!
Mustard Seed Ministries – Mustard Seed Ministries thrift stores and social services are open, including the curbside food pantry. Their ready to serve the community during the COVID-19 emergency.
Grace Way Village - Dinners Every Night from 5:00 - 6:00! Yes, that's right thanks to the Treasure Coast Food Bank and the Boys and Girls Club of America, GraceWay Village is able to offer a drive through dinner pick up 7 nights a week. Each car will receive a meal for each person in the car. Located at Grace Way Village, 1780 Hartman Rd Fort Pierce, Florida 34947
St. Lucie Public Schools - St. Lucie Public Schools Child Nutrition Services Department will serve free meals to children in St. Lucie County from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday – Friday. The meals include both breakfast and lunch. Click here!
IRS - Individuals: Income tax payment deadlines for individual returns, with a due date of April 15, 2020, are being automatically extended until July 15, 2020, for up to $1 million of their 2019 tax due. This payment relief applies to all individual returns, including self-employed individuals, and all entities other than C-Corporations, such as trusts or estates. IRS will automatically provide this relief to taxpayers. Taxpayers do not need to file any additional forms or call the IRS to qualify for this relief.
Corporations: For C Corporations, income tax payment deadlines are being automatically extended until July 15, 2020, for up to $10 million of their 2019 tax due. Click here!
EDC - The Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County is committed to keeping the business community informed with the most current information available to assist your business and employees during this challenging time. Our COVID-19 Business Assistance Resource Web Portal is available and continually updated with all federal, state and local resources at your fingertips. We encourage you to share with your employees and local connections. Click here!
Stimulus - President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFRCA) effective on April 2, 2020. This new law requires employers with up to 500 employees to provide paid sick leave and paid family leave while also providing a refundable payroll tax credit to employers to cover 100% of the cost of wages. Click here to view the House of Representatives FFCRA H.R. 6201 text language. St. Lucie EDC investor partner, DEAN MEAD Attorneys at Law, wrote a great brief on FFCRA titled "What Employers Need to Know". Please click!
Workforce Assistance - The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) Short-Time Compensation Program is available for employers to offset employee lost wages due to reduced hours and to alleviate layoffs. Click here!
GOVERNORS EXECUTIVE ORDERS
· 4/1/2020: Order 20-91 Essential Services and Activities (Includes Homeland Security CISA List and Miami Order List)
· 4/2/2020: Order 20-93 Reemployment Assistance Program (Unemployment Assistance Enhancements)
· 4/2/2020: Order 20-94 Mortgage Foreclosure and Eviction Relief (45 days)
ACCESS TO CAPITAL PROGRAMS
SMALL BUSINESS BRIDGE LOAN - Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
1. Interest Rate: 0%
2. Term: 12 months
3. Loan Amount: up to $50,000 (Special Circumstance: $100,000)
4. Application and Information Link: www.floridadisasterloan.org
5. Application Deadline: May 8th
ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOAN PROGRAM (EIDL) - Small Business Administration (SBA)
· Interest Rate: 3.75% (2.75% non-profits)
· Term: up to 30 years (determined by SBA)
· Loan Amount: up to $2 million
· Application: Click here
· Information Link: Click here
ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOAN PROGRAM (EIDL) EMERGENCY $10,000 GRANT - Small Business Administration (SBA)
·Term: no repayment
·Application: Click here
· Information Link: Click here
PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM (PPP) - Small Business Administration (SBA) UPDATED INFORMATION AS PER FINAL SBA RULE 4/3/2020
· Interest Rate: up to 1% (REVISED)
· Term: up to 2 years (REVISED)
· Loan Amount: up to $10 million
· Details: 75% of loan must be used for payroll
· Application: Participating SBA 7a lender
· Information Link: Click here
· SBA Final Rule: Click here
AMILY LEAVE AND PAID AND SICK LEAVE ACT (FMLA/FMLS) - Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFRCA
· What Businesses Need to Know: Click here
· Department of Labor Employer Fact Sheets: Click here
· Department of Labor FAQ: Click here
· FFRCA Poster: Click here
EMPLOYEE RETENTION TAX CREDIT
· 50% tax credit for first $10,000 of compensation
· Information Link: Click here
NET OPERATING LOSSES; NET INTEREST DEDUCTION; CARRYFORWARDS & AMT; PAYROLL TAXES
· CARES Act Bill Brief and Business Tax Programs: Click here
Business Assistance - Governor DeSantis and the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) announced that FedEX is offering free printing and mailing of unemployment assistance paper applications at over 100 storefronts across the state. Please share this valuable information to individuals seeking unemployment assistance. For the nearest FedEx location, visit the store locator here.
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Small Business Administration (SBA) continue to accept applications for the three loan programs available to assist you with access to capital during this challenging business environment:
· SBDC Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan (direct application with the SBDC)
· SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (direct application with the SBA)
· SBA Paycheck Protection Program (application direct with an SBA financial institution lender)
For detailed information on each of these programs, please click here to view our “Business Assistance FAQ”. If you are seeking to locate available lenders for the SBA Paycheck Protection Program, please visit the SBA’s lender match portal here.
For an update on the Small Business Development Center at Indian River State College COVID-19 efforts and business assistance partnerships serving the tri-county region, please click here to view the PSA from Tom Kindred, SBDC at Indian River State College Regional Director: Click here
Additionally, the Florida Chamber of Commerce is seeking feedback from businesses who have applied for any of the loan programs available through the COVID-19 pandemic. Please click here to take the brief survey. The information gleaned from the survey results will help guide future changes to lending programs and ensure businesses are getting the support they need.