Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

Please continue to check this page for updated resources to assist businesses and our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Financial assistance:

  • New Iowa Rent and Utility Assistance Program: The program will provide financial assistance to eligible COVID-19 impacted Iowans for rent and utility costs for a period of up to 12 months. Renters in need of assistance are encouraged to take the pre-check to determine if they meet the initial eligibility criteria, and if so, to sign-up to receive notification when the full application is available.
    • Iowa nonprofits, service agencies, landlords, and utility providers are encouraged to share program information with renters in need of assistance so that as many Iowans as possible can be helped. The pre-check tool and additional information can be found on the Iowa Housing Recovery website.
  • Cross Program Eligibility on SBA Coronavirus Relief Options - The SBA put together a matrix that compares the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) and the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) eligibility. This matrix is designed to help you decide what is best for your small business.
  • Iowa Restaurant and Bar Relief Grant Program
    • The application window for this program is now closed. To track your application, please  click here.
  • Paycheck Protection Program:
  • Targeted EIDL Advance FAQ (2.8.2021)
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL): deadline to apply for a COVID-19 pandemic Economic Injury Disaster Loan has been extended to December 31, 2021. The application portal is open to eligible small businesses, non-profits, and agricultural businesses impacted by COVID19. Apply for assistance here: https://sba.gov/disaster. If your COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan was declined, you can request reconsideration within six months of the date of the decline letter. Include your application number and information required to overcome the reason for decline. You can send this information via email to pdcrecons@sba.gov or mail to the U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, Texas, 76155.
  • Shuttered Venue Operators Grant: Emergency assistance for eligible venues affected by the COVID pandemic. SBA is in the process of setting up the grant program and is not yet accepting applications.

Osceola Regional Health Center:

State of Iowa:

School District Updates:

Iowa Workforce Development:

  • Iowa Workforce Development provides guidance on recently authorized federal benefits programs. Under the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) of 2021 (1.11.2020):
    • PUA: Now available through March 13, 2021, or for up to 50 total weeks of eligibility, whichever comes first. The additional 11 weeks can only be paid as of Dec. 27, 2020, with the first eligible payments set for the week ending Jan. 2, 2021.
    • PEUC: Now available through March 13, 2021, or for up to 24 total weeks of eligibility, whichever comes first. The additional 11 weeks can only be paid as of Dec. 27, 2020, with the first eligible payments set for the week ending Jan. 2, 2021.
    • FPUC: Now provides $300 per week to supplement benefits for weeks of unemployment beginning after Dec. 26, 2020, through March 13, 2021. To receive FPUC benefits, you must be receiving UI, PEUC, EB, Trade Readjustment Allowance (TRA), Voluntary Shared Work (VSW), Disaster Unemployment (DUA), or PUA. FPUC benefits will not be paid from July 27 to Dec. 26, 2020, per federal guidelines. FPUC eligibility will begin on Dec. 27, 2020, with the first payments set for the week ending Jan. 2, 2021.
    • MEUC: Now provides an additional $100 per week in supplemental benefits to individuals receiving certain unemployment insurance benefits who received at least $5,000 of self-employment income in the most recent taxable year ending prior to the individual’s application for regular unemployment compensation. Authority to make MEUC payments continues through weeks of unemployment ending on or before March 14, 2021.

More Business Resources:

Resources for non-profits:

Other resources:

  1. COVID Recovery Iowa - free virtual counseling and assistance
  2. Call 211 or 1-800-244-7431 if you have COVID-19 related questions (available 24/7)
  3. Iowa Concern Hotline: 800-447-1985. 
  4. Alliant Energy Energy Assistance 
  5. COVID-19 Multi-Lingual Hotline: 1-877-558-2609. 
  6. Iowa Legal Aid: 2020 Coronavirus Outbreak: What you need to know
  7. Child Care Guidance in Response to COVID-19 from Iowa Child Care Resource & Referral - call (877) 216-8481.