At the end of 2020, Congress passed, and President Trump signed, a new law that provides for additional relief related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This law, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA, 2021), includes a second draw of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans (PPP Second Draw Loans) and updates to the original PPP loan. It also allows businesses to deduct ordinary and necessary expenses paid from the proceeds of PPP loans.
The African American Community Service Agency has a variety of events coming up in honor of Black History Month. If you are not able to engage in some of their upcoming events you can also find a link to donate to their organization.
There's a new program coming soon, so please put this on your radar. The U.S. Small Business Administration is currently working on the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program. This new program was passed in the most recent stimulus bill, adding to the mix of business-relief programs designed to address economic losses due to the coronavirus pandemic. The bill sets aside $15 billion for the program and qualifying venues can get up to $10 million in grant money. They are NOT ACCEPTING applications yet, but you can begin evaluating the eligibility requirements and sign up for updates through the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Meriwest, one of Silicon Valley’s Premier Credit Unions sponsored grants through the Federal Home Loan Bank to support projects of two Community Based Nonprofits. The Credit Union also provided additional support to local charities to assist them in meeting the needs of their clients during the pandemic. Meriwest sponsored a grant of $1,055,000.00 for CityTeam San Jose through the Federal Home Loan Bank’s Affordable Housing Program. This project will renovate an existing transitional housing and emergency shelter for homeless and low income residents. It will also provide meals and improve the financial mobility of residents through financial educational workshops.