The Energy Assistance Program will provide expanded relief to Virginia households affected by COVID-19. Press release here.
Households in need of assistance meeting energy needs may be eligible to receive aid through the Virginia COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program. For additional assistance regarding the Virginia COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program, visit http://www.dss.virginia.gov/covideap
or contact the dedicated energy assistance line at 1-833-829-2767. Additional information regarding other energy assistance resources is available at dss.virginia.gov/benefit/ea/
Rent and Mortgage Relief
Governor Ralph Northam today announced he is directing $12 million in additional funding from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to Virginia's Rent and Mortgage Relied Program (RMRP), due to high demand for financial assistance. The program assists households and landlords with rent and mortgage payments to avoid eviction or foreclosure due to COVID-19. To submit a landlord-initiated application, visit virginiahousing.com/RMRP.
nents interested in applying should visit dhcd.virginia.gov/eligibility
to conduct a self-assessment for eligibility or call 211 VIRGINIA by dialing 2-1-1 from you phone. Additional information and resources are available at StayHomeVirginia.com
For a free COVID-19 screening and to make an appointment, call:
Wise County/Norton: 276-328-8000
Scott County: 276-386-1312
Lee County: 276-346-2011
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Small Business Assistance
In July, we shared that the Commonwealth would be launching a new grant program for small businesses and nonprofits called Rebuild VA. We are writing today to let you know the Rebuild VA has expanded its eligibility criteria to allow more small businesses to apply. The application is open and available here.
Small supply chain partners of businesses forced to close under Executive Order 53 or 55, as well as businesses that received CARES Act funding, are now eligible to receive a $10, 000 Rebuild VA grant. Businesses that have received CARES Act funding must certify that they will only use the Rebuild VA grant for recurring expenses and that the grant will not be used to cover the same expenses as the other CARES Act funds.
Administered by the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (SBSD), Rebuild VA has received over 3,000 applications. SBSD and its program partners, the Department of Housing and Community Development, the Virginia Tourism Corporation, and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, made the decision to expand eligibility criteria after analysis of eligible and ineligible applications received within the first 30 days of the launch.
More details about the program, including eligibility criteria, may be found at https://www.governnor.virginia.gov/rebuildva/.
We hope that you will share this information widely with your networks.
Consolidated website for resources and funding opportunities for businesses in need of assistance related to Covid19. You may have to right click the link and select “Open Hyperlink” .
Secretary of Commerce and Trade COVID-19 Resource