U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today unveiled a one-stop-shop of federal programs that can be used by rural communities, organizations and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide (PDF, 349 KB) is a first-of-its-kind resource for rural leaders looking for federal funding and partnership opportunities to help address this pandemic.
“Under the leadership of President Trump, USDA is committed to being a strong partner to rural communities preparing for and impacted by COVID-19,” Perdue said. “This resource guide will help our rural leaders, whether they are in agriculture, education, health care or any other leadership capacity, understand what federal assistance is available for their communities during this unprecedented time.”
USDA has taken many immediate actions to assist farmers, ranchers, producers, rural communities, and rural-based businesses and organizations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information on these actions, visit www.usda.gov/coronavirus.
Is your small business struggling during these unprecedented times? Are you having difficulty navigating the state and federal resources you may be eligible to receive? Are you interested in learning more?
Cass County Electric Cooperative is here to help. We are prepared to connect you with the programs and resources that aim to get you through both near-term and long-term challenges. As a not-for-profit cooperative, our goal is to see our local communities thrive – and we know that small businesses are the backbone of this region.
Our network of electric cooperatives is working together to monitor the availability of local, state and national COVID-19 response resources. We have compiled information that can help with financing, unemployment, and other policy changes. This includes the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
In addition to these resources, Cass County Electric Cooperative has energy experts on staff that can provide you with ways to use electricity more efficiently. We are happy to work with you on solutions, like our off-peak heating and water heating programs, which can help lower electricity costs.
Please know that your electric cooperative is here to help you find stability in these unstable times. That will not change. We will get through this together. #POWERON
For the latest information please check out our COVID-19 related pages.