Community Development COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Crisis Resources for Community Individuals, Nonprofits and Small Businesses

The unprecedented and unexpected Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has up-ended everyday life for individuals in our community, as well as the everyday nonprofit and small businesses that support us. Below are resources you can use to navigate and secure individual and family monthly priorities, as well as resources for nonprofit and small business financial support and workflow (including working remotely). We want to support you in responding to the financial stresses that an economic recession, operations shut-down, or donor decline might bring. We will continue to update this page with our own educational responses that connect to these local, statewide and federal resources.

Announcements & Updates

  • 4.16.2020: 
    • Tuesday, April 21st the state Unemployment Insurance program opens for application by self-employed small business owners
    • SBA No Longer Taking Applications for Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loans – IMPORTANT TO BOTH NONPROFITS AND SMALL BUSINESSES
      • This morning the federal Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that it will no longer be accepting new loan applications for the Paycheck Protection Program or the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program – both provided under the federal CARES Act –  designated $349 billion for small business relief and after less than two weeks these funds have run out. The SBA approved 1,611,397 loans before the fund was depleted. The SBA confirmed this on their website with a Lapse in Appropriations Notice, saying, “SBA is unable to accept new applications at this time for the Paycheck Protection Program or the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)-COVID-19 related assistance program (including EIDL Advances) based on available appropriations funding.”
      • For more information please click here.
        • The link goes to the SBA page which leads with, “The SBA is currently unable to accept new applications for the Paycheck Protection Program based on available appropriations funding.”
        • Since the PPP application is online at SBA people without an approved application are not able to be supported until there is new money. If the SBA cannot queue EIDL applications maybe the local lenders will and hold them until more money is allocated
          • If you are not already working with your local lending institution, we can support you to do so to gather your documents and connect you with your local lending institution. 
    • Two additional SBA COVID-19 relief programs were also provided for our sharing today: 
      • In addition to EIDL and PPP, the SBA has 2 other coronavirus relief measures in place:
        • SBA Express Bridge Loans allow small businesses that currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly.
        • Through SBA Debt Relief, the SBA will automatically pay the principal, interest, and fees of current 7(a), 504, and microloans for a period of six months.
    • Save Small Business Fund Grant Opportunity for Small Businesses with 3-20 Employees
        • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation – in partnership with Vistaprint and a coalition of supporting companies, foundations, and philanthropic donors – is working to provide financial relief through the fund. 
        • The fund provides $5,000 in short-term relief to employers across the United States, including chambers of commerce. These one-time supplemental cash grants are for businesses that have between three and 20 employees and operate in an economically vulnerable community.
        • The grant application will go live on Monday, April 20 at 2:00 PM CDT. To learn more about the Save Small Business Fund and to apply for a grant, visit


COVID-19 Crisis Resources for Individuals and Families in our Community

COVID-19 Crisis Resources for Nonprofit Organization Resources

Federal to Statewide Nonprofit Support Resources

UW-Madison Resources offered Statewide

Local Milwaukee Resources

Upcoming Nonprofit Surveys to Plan Support for COVID-19 & Beyond

Statewide & Local Milwaukee 

  • Statewide UW-Madison Division of Extension Community Development Institute will partner with the UW-Milwaukee Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management (HBI). On Monday, April 13, 2020, HBI will launch a survey that will help to examine the COVID-19 effect on the nonprofit sector in Wisconsin. What they learn can be valuable in considering how local Extension county Community Development Educators might tailor our educational response and capacity building for this sector.
    • The survey launch email will come to local Extension Community Development Educators the week of April 13, 2020, and then we will pass it along to the nonprofits in our local networks. 
      • The more data collected, the better understanding that will inform our educational responses to meet your organization’s needs and priorities.

Nonprofit Support Programs & Webinars we’ve learned about


  • Recorded: 
      • UW-Madison Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies (CommNS) Virtual CommUniversity Session – Building and Sustaining Strong Boards of Directors for Strong Organizations
        • RECORDED April 9, 2020, 3:00-4:15 PM Central Time (the US and Canada): Please join Mary Beth Collins, Executive Director for the CommNS, and graduate students from the CommNS Board Leadership Class for a virtual presentation on top strategies for strong Boards of Directors, and a discussion with participants. Kelvin Alfaro of Campus Compact, a certified Board consultant with experience with a range of organizations, will also help guide and facilitate our discussion.


  • From ‘Journey of Collaboration’ in Madison:  

Small Business Resources during the COVID-19 Crisis

State Resources

The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (WI SBDC)  is helping small businesses navigate frequently updated regulations and policies related to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) has a grant program for Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) to support small businesses. Businesses who are existing loan clients of the CDFIs, and in good standing are eligible to apply.


UW-Madison Statewide Resources


Local Milwaukee Resources 

  • Urban Economic Development Association of Milwaukee Resource Page: CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Emergency and Normal Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)
    • Compiled in partnership with Northwestern Mutual Foundation, Spectrum Nonprofit Services, and LISC Milwaukee
      • This program provides direct loans of up to $2 million to both for-profits and non-profit entities to support operations and mitigate against economic harm. Loan rates are 2.75% for non-profits and can extend out as long as 30 years.
  • Imagine MKE Artist Relief Fund: provide $5,000 no-strings-attached grants. It is intended for anyone who earns income from their creative or artistic practice and who has also been affected by COVID-19.
  • KIVA Greater Milwaukee microfinance 0% interest loans for Milwaukee small businesses: KIVA has made immediate changes to their processes. Effective immediately, U.S. applicants for a Kiva loan will have access to the following:
  1. Expanded eligibility: More businesses in the US will be eligible for a Kiva loan than ever.
  2. Larger loans: The maximum loan on the Kiva platform will increase from $10,000 to $15,000.
  3. Grace period: New borrowers may access a grace period of up to 6 months for greater financial flexibility. If you have questions and would like to contact a local Kiva rep, contact Amy Narr at or text – 414-220-0177.

Small Business Support Programs & Webinars we’ve learned about:

  • Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC) member update: Coronavirus resources for business,
  • Scale Up Milwaukee: The Scale-Up Milwaukee website resource page will continue to be updated with various partner and community resources, stories, webinars, and e-learning. More information to come regarding webinars.

Upcoming Events

  • Local Extension Milwaukee County
    • Milwaukee + Northeastern WI Entrepreneurs of Color Check-In via Zoom:   One combined regional check-in of 100 entrepreneurs of color). Details forthcoming. 
  • Tuesday, April 14th: Extension Community Development Institute Zoom meeting with Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC). 
    • Statewide Extension county Community Development Educators discuss and share resources related to small business and non-profit assistance available through Federal and State efforts to open the lines of communication between our two organizations to see how we all might be able to better meet the needs of Wisconsin communities during a time of uncertainty and great difficulty.

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