Coronavirus (Covid-19) Response Resources

COVID-19 Main Street Resources


Guidance for Your Community

Community is at the heart of everything we do. As COVID-19 begins to have an increasingly significant impact on communities across the country, we are compiling existing resources, opportunities, and community response examples to help Main Street districts during this crisis. We also encourage you to visit your state health department website for local information.

We are updating this page frequently so please keep checking back for the latest information.

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Stand Up for Main Street

We urge our Network to join us in supporting our partners at Small Business MajorityNFIB and the National Council of Nonprofits to ensure financial support is available to small businesses and Main Street nonprofits during the COVID-19 crisis.

Check out NMSC's President and CEO Patrice Frey's recent letter for information on how to get connected with resources from these organizations, including signing on to this letter from Small Business Majority to amplify the need for immediate, direct support for Main Street-scale businesses. The letter also includes resources to stay up to date on relief for nonprofits and small businesses, as well as strategies to support your Main Street.


Survey on Small Businesses and the Impact of COVID-19

We are seeking information from small business owners about the challenges they’re facing as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency. Specifically, we need to better understand the ability of Main Street businesses to withstand what may be a several months of suppressed revenue and what kinds of support programs will have the most impact. Please encourage your small businesses to respond to this survey. This data will make us stronger advocates to Congress, to state legislators, and to our local elected officials in explaining the kind of resources needed by small businesses to weather the storm.



Federal and National Resources

New! How the Federal Stimulus Can Support Small Businesses and NonprofitsOn March 27, a historic $2 trillion economic stimulus package was signed into law in response to the pandemic our world is facing. In addition to providing individual citizens with financial assistance, direct payments, and other benefits, this wide-reaching bill will provide vital economic relief for small businesses, nonprofit organizations, and independent contractors. The National Trust Community Investment Corporation compiled the highlights of available resources within the bill that would help those in need. Check it out >

CDC Resources

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides extensive information and updates on how to prevent community spread. Below is specific guidance for community organizations, businesses, and event planners. 




U.S. Department of Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor provides information on common issues employers and employees face when responding to influenza, pandemics, or other public health emergencies.



SBA Resources

The Small Business Administration (SBA) released a toolkit offering guidance for businesses and employers to plan and respond to Coronavirus. They also offer the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program that provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.




U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The U.S. Chamber is working to inform and equip businesses with the most important and up-to-date information to prevent the spread of the virus and prepare businesses for the near and long-term impact.



Main Street Resources & Tools

Main Street organizations have an essential role to play in supporting businesses during this difficult period, and our Main Street leaders will be even more important when fears about the virus subside and we are actively supporting businesses and communities in the recovery process.

We are updating this resource page on a daily basis. Please fill out this form if you'd like to contribute.

Funding Programs & Business Support

The Small Business Administration's Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses. Learn more.

Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits through their Small Business Grants Program. Learn more.

JPMorgan pledged $50 million global philanthropic commitment to support communities and people hit hardest by this public health crisis, including $2 million to existing nonprofit partners and $8 million to assist small businesses. Learn more.

Kabbage launched an online hub to help boost sales for U.S small businesses impacted by COVID-19, including a system through which businesses can sell gift cards to consumers for use at a later date. Learn more.

The James Beard Foundation is launching a fund that will be gathering support from corporate, foundation, and individual donors to provide micro-grants to independent food and beverage businesses in need. Learn more. 

MainVest, a crowdfunding platform, announced its new Main Street Initiative: a $2,000, zero-interest, 120 day loan for restaurants or other brick and mortars affected by the shutdown. Learn more.

Opportunity Fund, which specializes in money lending to small businesses owned by women, immigrants and people of color, is collaborating with investors and nonprofits to put together a coronavirus relief fund that will provide grants and low-interest rate loans. Learn more.


Investing on Main Street | Monday, March 30 at 12:30 EDT | Hosted by EIG and MSA

Main Street Organizational Health Check-up Webinar
| Tuesday, March 31 at 12:00pm EDT | Hosted by MSA

AARP Live Q&A Event: The Coronavirus | Thursdays at 1:00pm EDT | Hosted by AARP

Rhonda Abrams/USA Today Small Business Facebook Livestream | Daily at 1:00pm EDT

COVID-19 & Main Street: Supporting Local Safely | Recording | Hosted by MSA  

Tip Sheets

We've put together a set of tip sheets as a resource for your Main Street program and community. These tip sheets are by no means comprehensive but rather serve as a starting point for ideas and inspiration on how to navigate these uncertain times. 

Supporting the Local Economy - Learn ways your Main Street program can help keep your community supporting local while social-distancing or isolating - #SupportLocalSafely! Download here.

New! Staying Connected - Discover ways to stay connected with your Main Street team and community while working remotely during this pandemic. Download here.

New! Supporting Each Other - Ideas and inspiration about ways we can all support one another through this uncertain time, both locally and nationally. Download here.

We also created a set of social graphics highlighting ways your local community can continue to engage and support your Main Street businesses.
Please download Instagram - single image or slide show, Facebook, and Twitter graphics and share widely on your social accounts to spread the word on how to continue supporting local! Please use #SupportLocalSafely when posting.


Peer Exchange

Members across the nation are sharing on The Point how their communities are responding to the pandemic. We encourage you to get involved with the discussion and exchange ideas and tips with your Main Street colleagues.

View our growing collection of community responses across the Main Street America Network on our blog and check out the interactive map below. Please fill out this form if you'd like to share how your community is responding.

We are updating this page frequently so please keep checking back for the latest information.