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COVID-19 Resource Center

Development finance has always been at the forefront of recovering from natural disasters and economic challenges. The CDFA COVID-19 Resource Center is a collection of financing programs and resources to address disaster relief and recovery.


As the situation surrounding COVID-19 evolves, small businesses and communities across the country will very quickly face liquidity challenges, job losses, and project stagnation. Credit will be tightening and small businesses will struggle to make payroll while communities will be forced to scale back or halt infrastructure development. Moreover, communities are facing difficulties financing critical infrastructure such as health facilities, broadband networks, and testing centers to address local COVID-19 demands.


Development finance agencies are uniquely positioned to solve these challenges through pragmatic solutions and adjustments to existing initiatives. CDFA developed this COVID-19 Resource Center to serve as a central hub of everything the development finance world is doing to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19.


Subscribe to CDFA's COVID-19 Recovery & Relief Update newsletter for regular updates on relief and recovery financing initiatives.

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-CDFA's COVID-19 Comprehensive Recovery Strategy

Based on the input of our 500+ members, CDFA has developed a set of policy proposals that would allow state and local governments, through development finance agencies, to be immediate problem solvers that can help alleviate the extreme economic challenges facing small businesses and communities to put America securely on the path to recovery.

Read the Comprehensive Recovery Strategy

Unlock Capital for Small Business Immediately

To support small businesses, Congress and the Administration should:
  • Reauthorize & Fund the State Small Business Credit Initiative
  • Temporarily Remove Match Requirements from Certain Federal Programs
  • Amend Existing Revolving Loan Funds

Pass Immediate Bond Financing Provisions

To support communities, Congress and the Administration should:
  • Pass the Modernizing Agricultural and Manufacturing Bonds Act (MAMBA)
  • Create a Permanent Category of Disaster Recovery Bonds

Allocate Federal Funding Accordingly

  • CDFI Fund - $1 billion to address critical community lending needs
  • EDA - $500 million to seed new, flexible revolving loan funds and to provide direct technical assistance to communities hit hard by the crisis
  • HUD - $2 billion to address urban disaster recovery due to small business losses
  • USDA - $2 billion to address rural development stagnation and the loss of small businesses

-Weekly Development Finance COVID-19 Briefings

CDFA hosted weekly briefings about development finance COVID-19 news and resources. These one-hour phone calls featured legislative updates, news from our members, state and local financing strategies, and lessons learned from previous development finance responses to disasters.

CDFA's Weekly Development Finance COVID-19 Briefings were held every Friday at 1:00 PM (Eastern) through May 15, 2020:

-State Response Map

Click a state to view COVID-19 financing programs and related headlines.

-COVID-19 Recovery & Relief Resources

-Federal Resources

HUD Opens Access to $5B in American Rescue Plan Grants to Prevent and End Homelessness
HUD | Sep. 15 | Federal | Housing Finance | Social Finance | U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development (HUD)
HUD has issued the HOME-ARP Implementing CPD Notice, Requirements for the Use of Funds in the HOME-American Rescue Plan Program. The new HOME-ARP notice is a critical step taken by HUD to expeditiously allow communities to begin accessing funds from the nearly $5 billion funds allocated from the American Rescue Plan.
SBA Raises COVID Disaster Loan Cap to $2M, Makes Other Highly-Anticipated Changes
Dallas Morning News | Sep. 10 | Access to Capital | Disaster Recovery & Relief | Federal | Food Systems Finance | Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs) | (more)
Complaints about the SBA's COVID-19 disaster loan program have made their way up the ladder and led to major changes, including boosting how much money business owners can get. The agency announced significant updates to its Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, which provides low-interest loans to businesses that were hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic. It's intended for companies with 500 or fewer employees.
USDA Provides $700M in Grants to Farm and Food Workers Impacted by COVID-19
USDA | Sep. 7 | Agriculture Finance | Disaster Recovery & Relief | Federal | Food Systems Finance | U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) | (more)
USDA announced that $700 million in competitive grant funding will be available through the new Farm and Food Workers Relief grant program to help farmworkers and meatpacking workers with pandemic-related health and safety costs. Additionally, to recognize the essential role and costs borne by front-line grocery workers, $20 million of this amount has been set aside for at least one pilot program to support grocery workers and test options for reaching them in the future.
Extension of COVID Relief for Tax-Exempt Bonds: Telephonic Public Hearings Extended to March 31, 2022
Ballard Spahr | Sep. 3 | Bond Finance | Disaster Recovery & Relief | Member News | COVID-19
On August 31, 2021, the IRS released Revenue Procedure 2021-39, which extends until March 31, 2022, the period during which issuers will be permitted to conduct telephonic public hearings for tax-exempt bonds.
A Transparent Look at How Governments Are Spending $350B in ARPA Funds
Route Fifty | Sep. 1 | Community Development | Disaster Recovery & Relief | Federal | Local Finance Program | State Finance Program | (more)
States and territories, as well as cities and counties with populations of more than 250,000, will soon be delivering the first of seven annual Recovery Plan Performance Reports to the U.S. Treasury, and those reports are required to be posted on "publicly facing" websites. The reports are unlikely to reveal much about actual performance but will give an initial view of how states and localities are spending the $350 billion in the American Rescue Plan Act.
SBA Opens Supplemental Grant Applications for Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Awardees
U.S. SBA | Aug. 30 | Access to Capital | Disaster Recovery & Relief | Federal | U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) | COVID-19
The U.S. SBA announced it will begin sending invitations for supplemental awards for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program. Per the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Non-profits and Venues Act, SVOG supplemental awards are to be provided to those who received an initial grant and have illustrated a 70% loss when comparing 2021's first-quarter revenues to the same in 2019.
State Economic MonitorMembers only Login
Aug. 25 | Disaster Recovery & Relief | Economic Development | Resiliency
This interactive app from the Urban Institute allows users to explore the latest employment data in all 50 states.
Community Investment Explorer Tool 2.0Members only Login
Aug. 24 | Access to Capital | Community Development | Disaster Recovery & Relief | Economic Development | Foundations | (more)
Developed by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, the newly enhanced Community Investment Explorer (CIE) 2.0 includes over 73 million transactions totaling over $3.2 trillion in community and economic development capital from 2012 to 2020. This interactive tool allows users to find out where capital is going, how equitably is it being distributed, and for what purpose is it serving.
CARES Funding for Rural Assisted Living Gets Protections Within Infrastructure Bill
The Daily Yonder | Aug. 18 | Disaster Recovery & Relief | Federal | Healthcare | Legislative | Rural Development | (more)
When a bipartisan group of senators worked to craft an infrastructure bill, they came close to taking money away from rural assisted living facilities to help pay for it. However, thanks to action by several Congresswomen in rural states, money for assisted living facilities is safe and ready to be allocated, despite being authorized for disbursal more than a year ago.
$500M in Emergency Rural Health Care Funding Available Through American Rescue Plan
USDA | Aug. 12 | Community Development | Disaster Recovery & Relief | Federal | Food Systems Finance | Healthcare | (more)
The USDA is making up to $500 million available in grants to help rural health care facilities, tribes, and communities expand access to COVID-19 vaccines, health care services, and nutrition assistance. These funds may be used to increase vaccine distribution and telehealth capabilities; purchase medical supplies; replace revenue lost during the pandemic; build structures for health care services; and support operations expenses associated with food banks and food distribution facilities.
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-State and Local Resources

Disaster Resiliency and Recovery Resources: A Guide for Rural Communities
USDA Rural Development (RD) developed this guide as a resource for rural communities seeking disaster resiliency and recovery assistance. The recent National Climate Assessment (NCA) identifies that more frequent and extreme weather and climate-related events, as well as changes in average climate conditions, are expected to continue to damage infrastructure, ecosystems, and social systems that provide essential benefits to communities.
The American Rescue Plan Can Be a Lifeline for Business Districts
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, many small businesses in rural downtowns to urban commercial corridors already faced serious challenges, including decades of disinvestment, limited access to capital and broadband, brain drain, and competition from big-box and online retail. The American Rescue Plan Act —and particularly, its $350 billion in state and local funding—offers a lifeline for these struggling Main Streets.
COVID-19 Complicates Housing AffordabilityMembers only Login
This research from Fitch Ratings examines how the COVID-19 pandemic has complicated housing affordability. Issues that led to the persistent housing unaffordability preceded COVID-19. The pandemic caused an economic contraction felt among millions of Americans of many economic strata, and housing insecurity has only worsened for the most vulnerable.
Using State and Local American Rescue Plan Resources to Address Violent CrimeMembers only Login
This guidance from the Treasury Department examines how states and localities can use the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds included in the American Rescue Plan Act to reduce and respond to violent crime – particularly gun violence – by investing in community policing, community violence interruption, and other programs that are proven to reduce crime.
Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds: Five Things Governments Need to Know
The U.S. Department of the Treasury published its interim final rule to implement the Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund and the Coronavirus Local Recovery Fund. The American Rescue Plan Act created the $350 billion recovery funds. To support governments in using money distributed from the recovery funds, the interim rule provides critical guidance regarding eligible uses of funds.
How Cities, States, and Tribes Can Boost Entrepreneurship via the American Rescue Plan
The COVID-19 crisis has put thousands of small businesses, from high-growth startups to Main Street employers, out of business. Importantly, the economic impacts of COVID-19 have not been equal. Minority-owned businesses and very small businesses are disproportionately concentrated in the industries most heavily impacted by the COVID-19 crisis such as restaurants, retail stores, and personal services.
American Rescue Plan Act - Local Relief Frequently Asked QuestionsMembers only Login
After the American Rescue Plan Act was signed into law by President Biden on March 11, 2021, it guaranteed direct relief to all 19,000 cities, towns, and villages in the United States. NLC has identified frequently asked questions about the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund grants, and has provided answers based on available information to help cities prepare while Treasury develops official guidance.
American Rescue Plan Tax Credits Available to Small Employers to Provide Paid Leave to Employees Receiving COVID-19 Vaccines
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) allows small and midsize employers, and certain governmental employers, to claim refundable tax credits that reimburse them for the cost of providing paid sick and family leave to their employees due to COVID-19, including leave taken by employees to receive or recover from COVID-19 vaccinations.
How States Can Avoid Costly Pitfalls While Rebuilding Their Economies
An unexpected decrease in revenue is one of the most challenging budget situations that state governments can face, as recent experiences grappling with the impact of the pandemic show. Policymakers are also feeling pressure to get their economies back on track. If economic development incentives are part of a state's recovery strategy, leaders should reduce fiscal risk, make informed policy decisions, and revisit programs for relevancy.
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-Upcoming Events

SSBCI Coalition Meeting - October 8 (Virtual)
October 8, 2021
1:00 PM Eastern
SSBCI Learning Series - Module III
October 22, 2021
1:00 PM Eastern
The third module of the SSBCI Learning Series will cover Collateral Support Program and Loan Participation Program. It will also discuss insights on engaging financial institutions and FinTech, as well as strategies for meeting the needs of SEDI Businesses, Very Small Businesses, Rural Businesses, and Tribal Businesses.
CDFA Virtual National Summit
November 1-5, 2021
Daily: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Eastern)
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SSBCI Learning Series - Module IV
November 19, 2021
1:00 PM Eastern
The fourth module of the SSBCI Learning Series will cover all aspects of program administration, including Reporting and Compliance, Staffing and Service Providers, Technical Assistance, and Outreach and Engagement.
CDFA-Bricker PACE Webinar Series: PACE 2.0 - The Next 10 Years
Tuesday, November 20, 2021
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Eastern
It has been approximately 10 years since the first PACE programs began. During this workshop, our speakers will provide insights related to expanding PACE assessments to benefit buildings and properties for other non-energy related improvements such as indoor air quality, lead water pipe replacement, surface storm water mitigation, and sewer overflows.
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-Webcasts

One Year into the Pandemic: New Evidence on How Small Businesses are Faring
The Urban Institute hosted this discussion about how small businesses are faring one year after the start of widespread economic shutdowns due to the pandemic. The webinar explored the disconnect between the fall in business activity and revenues, and generally positive small business credit and debt patterns. It also discussed what roles governments and philanthropic entities should play, including what work is needed to ensure businesses historically excluded from access to capital can have a prosperous future.
National SSBCI 2.0 Call - March 26, 2021
SSBCI was signed into law as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. CDFA hosted this National SSBCI 2.0 Call serving as an interface between Treasury and stakeholders during the rulemaking process. On March 26, 2021, we discussed insights and recommendations to Treasury and our understanding of what resources need to be developed.
CDFA Rural Development Finance Webinar Series: Financing Disaster Resiliency in Rural Communities
During the first installment of the CDFA Rural Development Finance Webinar Series, hear about a new technical assistance program from CDFA designed to support rural communities that have recently experienced a natural disaster. Experts discussed the variety of financing tools available from federal, state, and local sources to encourage investment resilient infrastructure.
National SSBCI 2.0 Call - March 11, 2021
SSBCI was signed into law as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. CDFA hosted this National SSBCI 2.0 Call with interested stakeholders on March 11, 2021, to discuss SSBCI 2.0. We discussed key SSBCI 2.0 questions and timelines. We also discussed CDFA's plans for SSBCI education and future engagement. Several states spoke about their efforts to re-launch SSBCI programming.
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