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COVID-19 Resources

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For updates on the COVID-19 outbreak, including travel guidance, please visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services website.

Information about grant opportunities related to COVID-19 is available here.

Below are several resources we’ve gathered in one place to help your business, organization and employees navigate this incredibly difficult time. To stay informed of changing developments, you can receive regular updates and important information via our email, Facebook and Twitter.

Wisconsin State Agencies

View a list of all state agencies and any corresponding COVID-19 webpages here.

Travel Wisconsin

We created the Wisconsin Travel Pledge to encourage safe and responsible travel throughout Wisconsin this summer and beyond. This pledge is a commitment to focus on people and how we can unite ourselves through key principles that create a better experience for everyone.

When it comes to our marketing and PR plans, we continue to follow trends and traveler sentiment to help us speak to travelers in the right way during this unprecedented time. Hear from Director of Marketing & Advertising Shane Brossard, Communications Director Craig Trost and Communications Officer Amanda Weibel about the strategic plans being implemented. Watch Webinar.

Wisconsin Office of Outdoor Recreation
Tools to help land managers, communities and businesses encourage and educate the public around getting outside and recreating safely by following new health recommendations. Access the toolkit.

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
Information on Wisconsin’s Small Business 20/20 Program; SBA, disaster, WWBIC, Kiva and other loans; tax relief and more. Visit WEDC.

Department of Workforce Development
FAQs on Wisconsin Unemployment Benefits related to COVID-19 for claimants and employers can be viewed here.
Due to extremely high volume, claimants should submit unemployment applications online.

Department of Natural Resources
Updates on state park operations, license sales, permits and more. Visit DNR.

Arts Board
Resources specifically for the arts community. Visit WAB.

Additional Resources

U.S. Travel Association
Summary of the Federal CARES Act, its resources, and guide for eligibility. Visit U.S. Travel.

Destinations International
Weekly webinars, data analysis and a guide to the CARES Act. Visit Destinations International.

Travel and Tourism Research Association
COVID-19 travel and tourism research resources. Visit TTRA.

Longwoods International
Travel sentiment study with weekly updates. Visit Longwoods.

Arrivalist
Daily Travel Index linked here.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Resources for employers, communications toolkit, tips for employees. Visit U.S. Chamber.
Coronavirus Small Business Guide, including how to apply for aid, is linked here.
Find a summary and checklist for small business for emergency loans here.

U.S. Small Business Administration
Information paycheck protection, debt relief, bridge and disaster loans. Visit SBA.
Guide on Applying for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) linked here.
Paycheck Protection Program FAQs linked here.
Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness application and instructions are linked here.
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application Portal linked here.

USDA

USDA Business and Industry CARES Act Program linked here.

Google Ad Credits for Small/Medium Businesses
Providing ad credits to be used by end of 2020. See the FAQs here.

Facebook Small Business Grants
Cash grants program for small businesses worldwide. See eligibility requirements here.

Ethnic & Diverse Business Coalition Wisconsin
Grants up to $500 for business members of the coalition’s partner organizations. Visit EDBC.

Opportunity Fund Coronavirus Relief Fund
FAQs and posters on wages, hours and leave for employees, including the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) emergency paid leave. Visit Opportunity Fund.

Otto Bremer Trust
Loan or grant applications for non-profits through an emergency fund. Visit Otto Bremer.

U.S. Department of Labor
FAQs and posters on wages, hours and leave for employees, including the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) emergency paid leave. Visit DOL.

IRS Employee Retention Credit
Employers who keep employees on payroll or provide sick and family leave wages for COVID-19 related circumstances are eligible for tax credits per the CARES Act and the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act. View the FAQs.

Centers for Disease Control
Public health updates and safety information. Visit CDC.
View CDC travel guidance here.

Food Industry Association
FAQs and best practices for grocers and food retailers. Visit FIA.

Outdoor Industry Association
How to be safe outdoors during a pandemic along with policy updates, aid package summaries, webinars tailored for the outdoor industry. Visit OIA.

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce
Webinars, infographics and safety information for employers. Visit WMC.
View a Federal CARES Act Summary here.

Wisconsin Restaurant Association
Employer resources linked here.
Employee resources linked here.

#HowWiHelp

See how people in Wisconsin are coming together to help each other during the pandemic. Share your story with Travel Wisconsin using the hashtag and see #HowWiHelp.

Travel Wisconsin
Log in here to update event listings with postponements and cancellations or update destinations with new business hours and closures. Visit Travel Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Historical Society’s Journal Project
Share your journal entries to document COVID-19 impacts as a part of history. Visit WHS.

American Red Cross
Donate blood. Learn more here.

U.S. 2020 Census
Complete the 2020 Census online to limit workers going door to door. More here.

Wisconsin Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Donation & Buyback
Help frontline workers by donating extra PPE. See needs here.

Wisconsin Restaurant Association
Statewide list of restaurants offering delivery and takeout available here.