As we continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, Ed and his staff are here to help. While we continue to work remotely due to the guidance from the CDC and Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, constituents can reach our office by phone at (303) 274-7944 or (202) 225-2645 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
VACCINE DISTRIBUTION IN COLORADO: Click here for more information about the COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Colorado or visit covid19.colorado.gov/vaccine or call the CO-HELP hotline at 303-389-1687. As we wait for the vaccine to become widely available, we must all continue to do our part by social distancing, wearing a mask, and washing your hands.
RESOURCES & INFORMATION:
• Unemployment Assistance -
The American Rescue Plan
extends the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program, as well as the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) supplemental of $300 a week through September 6, 2021. The package also exempts up to $10,200 in unemployment benefits from 2020 federal income taxes for certain households. Click below for additional resources:
- Claimants wondering if they have an integrity hold on their account: https://cdle.colorado.gov/unemployment/program-integrity-holds
and the form to clear an integrity hold
- Issues with 1099 forms: https://cdle.colorado.gov/tax-form-1099-g
- Report a fraudulent 1099: https://co.tfaforms.net/f/Report_Invalid_1099
- Report all fraud: https://cdle.colorado.gov/fraud-prevention
- Frequently Asked Questions
If you’re looking for work, visit ConnectingColorado.com, the state’s job bank, which has more than 54,000 job openings including thousands of “location-neutral” jobs. For additional unemployment questions, click here.
• Economic Impact Payments -
The American Rescue Plan
provides an additional $1,400 in direct payments per individual, including dependents, for single filers making under $75,000 and joint filers making under $150,000. That means a family of four could receive a payment of $5,600. Most of the third round of payments should have already gone out. If you need assistance getting your payment, call us at (303) 274-7944 or click here for additional information
• Foreclosures, Evictions & Bills - The temporary national eviction moratorium has been extended through June 2021. In addition, the American Rescue Plan provides $21.5 billion for emergency rental and utility assistance, $10 billion in homeowners assistance as well as significant funding for homelessness programs and to help with utility bills for those most in need. Below are a additional resources to help renters and homeowners during this time:
• Funeral Assistance
- The American Rescue Plan included funeral assistance for those who’ve lost loved ones to COVID-19. Coloradans who paid for funeral expenses after January 20, 2020, for an individual whose death may have been caused by or was likely the result of COVID-19 can apply for up to $9,000 of assistance per funeral through FEMA’s dedicated call center at 844-684-6333; TTY 800-462-7585, Monday-Friday, 9 AM ET - 9 PM ET. No online applications will be accepted. Click here
for more information
• Small Business Resources
The American Rescue Plan included several programs and provisions to continue to support small businesses, venues and restaurants. Click here
for a full summary.
RESTAURANT REVITALIZATION FUND
The American Rescue Plan provided $28.6 billion for a new grant program to assist restaurants and bars hard-hit by the pandemic. The Revitalization Fund will make grants available for up to $10 million per entity, with a limitation of $5 million per physical location. Entities are limited to 20 locations. Grants may be used for a wide variety of expenses for a “covered period” of Feb. 15, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2021” and includes payroll, mortgage, rent, utilities, supplies, food and beverage expenses, paid sick leave, and operational expenses.
Eligible establishment types: restaurants, food stands, food trucks, food carts, caterers, saloons, inns, taverns, bars, lounges, brewpubs, tasting rooms, taprooms, licensed facilities or premises of a beverage alcohol producer where the public may taste, buy or sample products or any other similar establishment where people assemble for the primary purpose of being served food or drink.
- During the first 21 days of grants, the SBA will prioritize applications from women, veteran and minority-owned establishments.
- $5 billion will be reserved for the smallest independent restaurants, which before COVID, earned $500,000 or less a year.
Eligible restaurants can expect grants that match their pandemic-related revenue loss, calculated by taking their revenue in 2019 and subtracting 2020 revenue and any PPP loan monies received. SBA will award grants based on the order in which applications are received. Applications are slated to open in early April. The SBA plans to release more information at a later date to clarify the amount restaurants established after January 2019 can apply for and how it may adjust grant amounts based on “relative local costs”.
- Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) loans aren't deducted from RRF grant amounts.
- Entities with a pending SVOG application or that have received an SVOG are not eligible to apply.
- Grant funds will not be taxed like income.
Ineligible entities include state or local government-operated entities and publicly traded-companies, as well as those entities that have a pending Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application or have received an SVOG. Chain restaurants with more than 20 locations are excluded all together.
SHUTTERED VENUE OPERATORS GRANT (SVOG) PRGORAM:
Provides an additional $1.25 billion for the SBA Shuttered Venue Grant Program. Eligible applicants must demonstrate a qualified revenue loss, with different amounts awarded depending on the amount of lost revenue (initial grants can be up to 45% of gross earned revenue, capped at $10 million per entity). $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees.
- The SVOG program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits and Venues Act and amended by the American Rescue Plan. The program includes over $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues.
- Entities that apply for a PPP loan after Dec. 27, 2020 can also apply for an SVOG, with the eligible entity’s SVOG to be reduced by the PPP loan amount.
- Click here
for more information.
PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM (PPP):
The American Rescue Plan provided an additional $7.25 billion for the program and expanded PPP to larger, critical non-profits experiencing higher demand for services during the pandemic as well as digital journalism entities. For more information about the Paycheck Protection Program, visit SBA.gov
• The Paycheck Protection Program Extension Act
formally extended the PPP application deadline from March 31st to May 31st. It also allows the SBA to have an additional month (until June 30th) to process applications.
ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOANS (EDIL): The American Rescue Plan allocated $15 billion for the Targeted Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Advance program
o Loans approved prior to April 7, 2021 for less than $500,000 are likely eligible for an increase based on new loan maximum amounts announced March 24, 2021. SBA is reaching out directly via email to previous loan borrowers about how to request an increase.
GREATER ACCESS TO COVID RELIEF:
The American Rescue Plan established a Community Navigator pilot program to increase awareness of and participation in COVID-19 relief programs and provided $100 million for community navigator grants and $75 million for outreach and education.
• Recording from Feb. 26th Small Business Webinar
• Travel Information:
International travel is discouraged at this time due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. If you plan to travel internationally, it’s important to know the requirements both for re-entering the U.S. and entering a foreign country. U.S. Citizen services is the number one priority for the State Department at embassies and consulates around the world, but the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted their staffing levels and resources. Current services they can provide are limited, especially in countries with a "Do Not Travel" advisory currently in effect. Click here
for information about travel risks, requirements, testing, recommendations, and more.
- Travel Advisories:
Conditions can change rapidly and at anytime, especially during the pandemic. An important first step in any trip abroad is knowing the travel advisories of your destination
. Each country has its own policies and protocols in place and may affect your travel, it’s important to also check with the U.S. Embassy’s in-country webpage for more detailed information about what to expect while visiting. Click here for important country information
- COVID-19 Testing:
If you travel outside of the United States, you will be required to submit a negative COVID-19 test before you can return to the U.S.
- Traveling During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Click here
for information about what you should do if you’re sick, how to get a test, and COVID-related symptoms.
To learn more about how the state is handling COVID-19 and to get local resources, visit the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment at https://covid19.colorado.gov
or on social media at Facebook (facebook.com/CDPHE
) and Twitter (@CDPHE
). CO HELP is Colorado’s coronavirus hotline and can provide information in many languages including English, Spanish, Mandarin, and more: 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 or email COHELP@RMPDC.org
March 6, 2020 – The Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act provided $8.3 billion in emergency funds for prevention, preparedness, and response efforts; for the development of treatments and a vaccine; and for low-interest SBA loans to support small businesses.
March 18, 2020 – The Families First Coronavirus Response Act which aims to take away economic disincentives for doing the right things to help stop the spread of the virus. It ensures free coronavirus testing, provides for emergency paid sick leave and paid family leave so workers can stay home instead of putting their co-workers at risk; and ensures that school meals remain available for children whose schools closed because of coronavirus.
March 27, 2020 – The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provided further economic assistance to families facing lost income and industry sectors whose employees are bearing the brunt of this public health crisis, including direct payments to families, expanded unemployment assistance, and help for small businesses to retain their workers.
April 24, 2020 – The Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act provided additional emergency small business relief and funding for hospitals, health care workers and testing.
May 15, 2020 – House Democrats passed the Heroes Act to provide critical funding for state, local and tribal governments; establish hazard pay fund for essential workers; support testing and contract tracing measures while ensure Americans can access free treatment; provide additional round of economic impact payments for families and other measures to protect Americans and their families during this crisis.
May 28, 2020 – House Democrats passed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act to solve urgent issues with the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
October 1, 2020 - House Democrats passed the updated Heroes Act, a comprehensive package to combat COVID-19, stabilize the economy, and support families, workers, small businesses, and state and local governments.
December 21, 2020 - The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act will provide much-needed relief for families, businesses, communities and our healthcare system during the ongoing pandemic, including a second round of direct payments, additional unemployment assistance, small business support, funding for vaccine procurement and distribution, funding for states, K-12 schools and higher education institutions, and rental assistance.
March 12, 2021 - The American Rescue Plan was signed into law to expedite the production and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, provide direct payments to individuals and families, boost unemployment benefits, expand support for small businesses, and help to reopen schools. The bill includes an estimated $4.1 billion to the State of Colorado and $1.8 billion to city and county governments in Colorado.