CARES Act Programs for Businesses and Nonprofits

This information is compiled from various online news and economic development resources. It is not meant to be a comprehensive list but an outline of the resources available for your business or non-profit organization per Friday's Congressional action. We will continue to monitor and post new information and resources as it becomes available. While many of the provisions in the CARES Act apply to businesses and non-profits, this link is specifically addressed to the nonprofit sector courtesy of the National Council of Nonprofits.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Due to lack of appropriations, SBA is currently not accepting applications for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) -Administered by Small Business Administration (SBA) via approved lenders.

  • PayPal is now an approved lender for the SBA's PPP program for those without an approved lender. 

Sole Proprietors - Please follow this link for specific information (starting Page 4) about how you may qualify for the PPP program above AND future eligibility for WI Unemployment Benefits under the CARES Act.

Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance (EIDL) - Administered solely through the SBA. Online application available.

Unemployment Insurance - The stimulus bill offers considerable resources related to unemployment insurance. Please refer to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development for details.

Payroll and other Tax Credits for Businesses and Nonprofits - A series of tax credits to ease the burden of keeping staff on payroll. Information now available on the IRS website.

General COVID-19 Resources

Centers for Disease Control Guidance for Businesses and Employers Plan, Prepare and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Small Business 2020 - The goal of the Small Business 20/20 program is to support small businesses and micro-enterprises adversely economically impacted by the COVID-19 Virus.

Main Street USA Resource PageA list of various resources and tips for main street businesses like ours.

"Tip" Your Favorite Food Service Professional at Tip MKE -As restaurants, bars, and other service providers throughout Milwaukee are currently closed, thousands of service industry professionals, who rely largely on tip income, are left scrambling to make financial adjustments. With that in mind, TipMKE was created as a resource to find your local service industry providers on mobile payment service apps, so that you can provide a tip digitally, as you would if you were patronizing their workplace.


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