COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Danville and Pittsylvania County  have put together a running list of resources for regional businesses. The situation is very fluid, so this page will be update often as new information becomes available.

If you’re a business owner who would like to discuss available assistance in more detail, please contact our offices.

For information about upcoming webinars related to these resources, please visit our Facebook page.

*NEW* SoVa Taskforce: Southern Virginia Restaurant Impact Study

To gain insight into the state of the industry amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, The SoVa Taskforce requests your participation in this short survey.
The purpose of the survey is to gather information from restaurant owners and operators regarding the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, including concerns, challenges, and future plans. Responses will remain anonymous.

 

CITY OF DANVILLE RESOURCES

Utilities Assistance – (Apply Here)

  • Payment of up to $10,000 of delinquent utility payments for businesses
  • Requirements –
    • Must have received a disconnection notice from the City of Danville
    • Business must be located within the city limits of Danville
    • Must have an active business license
  • Contact –
  • Additional Notes –
    • Payments will be made directly to Danville Utilities
    • Home-based businesses do not qualify
    • Disconnections will begin on September 1, 2021
    • Residential customers seeking assistance should contact Social Services at (434) 799-6543

COVID-19 Loan Program (Apply Here)

Danville CDBG Rent/Mortgage 0% Loan Program

• This program is designed to help businesses who have temporarily closed as a result of COVID-19 and need assistance paying their rent/mortgage

• Businesses are required to provide 3 most recent bank statements and last year’s tax return

• The program will pay rent/mortgages directly to landlords/lenders, no funds will be given to applicants. The program will pay only the past due amount minus late fees and penalties. Businesses will be expected to repay amounts borrowed within 4 years at 0% interest. Payments will be deferred for 12 months following the disbursement of funds.

• If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Chasta White in the Housing & Development office at 434-799-5260 ext. 2506 to discuss the program more in-depth. Applications can be returned to: 427 Patton St., Suite 211, Danville VA, 24541


Southern Virginia Regional Alliance (Apply Here)

GoVa Region 3 Bridge to Recovery

• GO Virginia State Board approved $925,000 for Bridge to Recovery to provide immediate and impactful support to businesses through the multiple recovery periods of the pandemic and bridge supply chain needs of companies with service providers.


Pittsylvania County Small Business Assistance Program (Learn More and Apply Here)

  • Small businesses in Pittsylvania County, including those located in the Towns of Chatham, Gretna, and Hurt, are eligible to apply for small business assistance grants. As many as 20 Pittsylvania County businesses will receive up to $15,000 to help with rent and mortgage payments, the purchase of personal protection equipment, and retooling to allow for social distancing.
  • Available on a reimbursable basis, these funds can be used to cover relevant costs that have been incurred since the beginning of the pandemic as well as future costs. While companies from any industry are welcome to apply, those in the tourism, retail, restaurant, and personal services sectors will score higher on the application.
  • Businesses that are interested in applying must:
    • Be locally or regionally owned
    • Employ 20 or fewer people
    • Have been impacted by COVID-19 AND not received federal CARES Act assistance for the same purpose as applying for.
    • Have been opened before March 12, 2020.
    These small business assistance grants are available through a $330,000 block grant from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. Pittsylvania County is receiving $30,000 to cover expenses related to the administration of the grants.

    The grants will be dispersed and the program will be closed out by Sept. 1, 2021. Applicants will be selected for the grants based on a scoring system developed in concurrence with the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. Applicants will be scored on several criteria:

    • Demonstrated need
    • Minority-owned business
    • Woman-owned business
    • Small, local business
    • Has been impacted by COVID-19
    • The funds will help the business with sustainability

  “Recognizing there are businesses that are going through difficult times, we felt these measures would provide some relief to them as they work to maintain operations.”

– Ken Larking, Danville City Manager

STATE RESOURCES

Virginia Employment Commission

  • No waiting for unemployment benefits. Governor Northam has directed the Commissioner of the Virginia Employment Commission to waive the one-week waiting period to ensure workers can receive benefits as soon as possible.
  • Enhanced eligibility for unemployment. Workers may be eligible to receive unemployment benefits if an employer needs to temporarily slow or cease operations due to COVID-19. If a worker has been issued a notice to self-quarantine by a medical or public health official and is not receiving paid sick or medical leave from their employer, they may be eligible to receive unemployment benefits. In addition, a worker may be eligible for unemployment benefits if they must stay home to care for an ill family member and are not receiving paid family medical leave from their employer.
  • Fewer restrictions. For individuals receiving unemployment insurance, Governor Northam is directing the Virginia Employment Commission to give affected workers special consideration on deadlines, mandatory re-employment appointments, and work search requirements.
  • The Office of the Governor is providing a Frequently Asked Questions guide for workers that have been temporarily laid off or discharged during this public health crisis.
  • Virginia Unemployment Insurance procedures in response to COVID-19 – The unemployment insurance program, administered by the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC), provides temporary financial assistance to individuals who become unemployed through no fault of their own. Under normal circumstances, individuals who meet a strict set of employment-related criteria can receive weekly payments over a period of 12 to 26 weeks, but efforts are underway at both the state and federal level to expand eligibility, increase payments, and extend the duration coverage.As a result, all Virginians who have experienced job or income loss as a result of the Coronavirus crisis are encouraged to file an application for unemployment insurance using the VEC’s online portal, selecting “Lack of Work” as their reason for separation. Please note, recipients will be required to access the portal each week to claim their unemployment insurance payment.Detailed instructions for individuals applying for unemployment insurance benefits can be found here. An FAQ on unemployment benefits can be found here.

Relief for Restaurants and Distilleries Impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic:

  • Governor Ralph Northam issued an executive directive authorizing the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (ABC) to defer annual fees for licenses and permits that would be up for renewal through June. The Governor also directed the Virginia ABC to allow establishments with mixed beverage licenses, such as restaurants and distilleries, to sell mixed beverages through takeout or delivery, effective at midnight Thursday, April 9, 2020. – https://www.abc.virginia.gov/covid-19
  • Virginia ABC announced temporary in-state direct to consumer shipping privileges for local distilleries to provide industry members both small and large with a mechanism to get their product to consumers. https://www.abc.virginia.gov/about/media-room/2020/04062020-distillery-shipping-privileges
  • Virginia ABC adjusted licensing regulations to permit businesses with only on-premise licenses to exercise off-premise privileges such as allowing the sale of wine or beer in sealed containers for curbside pickup in a designated area (parking lot, etc.), and delivery of those products to customers’ homes without needing a delivery permit. In order for licensed businesses to use this feature, both curbside pickup and delivery must be facilitated by a customer’s electronic order either online, over the phone or through an app.

Additionally, licensees with off-premise privileges, including breweries, farm wineries and wineries were allowed to sell products for curbside pickup in a designated area or deliveries to customers’ homes without obtaining an additional delivery permit. Distillery stores were enabled to deliver products to customers seated in their vehicle on the premises or in the parking lot of the distillery. https://www.abc.virginia.gov/about/media-room/2020/03202020-abc-adjusts-licensing-regulations

FEDERAL RESOURCES

Small Business Administration

Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program – The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). This assistance is being provided through the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program following a request by Governor Northam. The loans are available to small businesses with fewer than 500 employees and private, non-profit organizations. It may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster.

***UPDATE*** The CARES Act expanded the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program to include the following EIDL Grant:

  • Submit EIDL application, ask for the advance – check box on EIDL application
  • Provide up to $10,000 three days after submitting an EIDL application
  • Does not need to be repaid under any circumstance

Internal Revenue Service

The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus.

  • Coronavirus Tax Relief
  • Filing and Payment Deadline Extended to July 15, 2020
  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act (HB 6201) – The U.S. Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the U.S. Department of Labor (Labor) announced that small and midsize employers can begin taking advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to immediately and fully reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave to their employees. This relief to employees and small and midsize businesses is provided under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, signed by President Trump on March 18, 2020.

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now. When implemented, there will be many new resources available for small businesses, as well as certain nonprofits and other employers.

Rapid Response Funds to Assist Small Businesses

Rapid Response is a federal program to help workers, companies, and communities experiencing layoffs and closures and provide strategies to avert layoffs. This includes connecting workers and businesses to information, partners, new employment opportunities, funding, and training programs that can help lessen the impact of layoffs or avert layoffs all together.

The Additional Rapid Response Assistance for COVID-19 available through the Commonwealth of Virginia provides funding to help businesses avert layoffs by providing assistance in sanitization of work spaces, implementing telework options to support social distancing that the company has not supported prior, or other innovative strategies that help keep employees on the job.  Businesses may apply for assistance through their regional workforce boards.

Businesses within the City of Danville and Pittsylvania County can reach out to Tyler Freeland, Director of the West Piedmont Workforce Investment Board (WPWIB). The WPWIB will review applications and provide reimbursement for qualifying projects. Also note that the WPWIB will be an important resource as we all work to re-employ Virginians when this emergency abates and people are looking for work.

Tyler Freeland, Director

West Piedmont Workforce Investment Board

Phone: (276) 403-4014

Email: tyler@vcwwestpiedmont.org

OTHER FINANCIAL PROGRAMS

ADDITIONAL COVID-19 RESOURCES FOR BUSINESSES

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