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.

CITY OF DANVILLE RESOURCES

Utilities

-The City will suspend the $50 delinquent account fee for all utility customer classes until further notice. The delinquent account fee is the fee charged for nonpayment 35 days after the due date.

Meals and Transient Lodging Tax

-Restaurants may defer the payment of their February meals tax collection, normally due on March 31, 2020, for one month with no penalty.

-Hotels may defer the payment of their February occupancy and room night taxes, normally due on March 31, 2020, for one month with no penalty.

Small Business Rent Relief Grant  (Description of Grant)

The City of Danville, Industrial Development Authority of Danville, Virginia, and the River District Association have established the Small Business Rent Relief Grant (PDF application) in order to support the vibrancy of our community’s commercial corridors during the COVID-19 pandemic. This grant was developed to alleviate the stress of paying monthly rent and allowing owners the ability to focus on continuing daily operations. Apply here.

Marketing and eCommerce Matching Grant  (Description of Grant)

As we navigate the unchartered territories of managing COVID-19 and its impact on local business, the City of Danville, Industrial Development Authority of Danville, Virginia, and River District Association have noted the creative ways businesses are continuing to serve the community through means such as curbside pickups and delivery options. The Marketing & eCommerce Matching Grant (PDF application) was developed to assist businesses with additional marketing support during this trying time and can be used towards paid marketing efforts and eCommerce upgrades. Apply here.

Small Business Emergency Loan Program  (Description of Loan)

The purpose of the Small Business Emergency Loan Program (PDF application) is to provide financial relief to small businesses that are seeing a downturn in sales activity due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is intended to help businesses keep their employees and stay afloat during a time of economic hardship. It is meant to bridge the gap for what may be a shortened financial hardship period.

The City of Danville and Industrial Development Authority of Danville, Virginia aim to provide as much relief as possible, but loan approvals will be limited during a high-volume application period. All businesses will be required to apply for the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program prior to applying for this funding, as the EIDL program has a larger loan and payback period. Apply here.

  “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

Corporate, Sales and Individual Taxes

  • Businesses impacted by COVID-19 can request to defer the payment of state sales tax due on March 20, 2020 for 30 days. When granted, businesses will be able to file no later than April 20, 2020 with a waiver of any penalties.
  • The Virginia Department of Taxation is extending the due date of payment of Virginia individual and corporate income taxes. While filing deadlines remain the same, the due date for individual and corporate income tax will now be June 1, 2020.
  • Please note that interest will still accrue, so taxpayers who are able to pay by the original deadlines should do so.

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

RECORDED WEBINARS

 

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