The Greater Nashville Chinese Association hopes you and your families and friends are staying healthy and safe during these challenging times. As a service to our members, we are highlighting some key government policies that may affect you, as well as some ideas for how you can help your local community. The State of Tennessee provides a far more extensive resources and updates, particularly at the Office of the Governor and Launch Tennessee websites.
- Small businesses and nonprofit organizations
- Tennessee receives Economic Injury Disaster Loan Declaration from US Small Business Administration: “Small businesses and nonprofit organizations that have suffered economic injury as a result of COVID-19 can apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million per applicant to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have otherwise been met.” Tennessee law firm Baker Donelson has provided a clear explanation of the key details in the EIDL program.
- Buy local whenever possible. Many local restaurants are still open for delivery or takeout. For stores that are currently closed, consider buying a gift card that can be used later.
- Employment and financial assistance programs
- The Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development designed a new initiative, the Tennessee Talent Exchange, to quickly connect job seekers to hiring companies in the grocery, retail, and logistics industries.
- The Tennessee Department of Human Services set up an Emergency Cash Assistance Program available for eligible families.
- The Tennessee Department of Revenue announced that the deadline for March and April vehicle registration renewals has been extended to June 15.
- The U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced that the federal income tax filing deadline has been extended from April 15 to July 15.
- Other community services
- Metro Nashville Public Schools will continue to provide breakfast and lunch delivery for students. In addition, PENCIL Foundation will provide school supply kits for students grades Pre-K to 6. Details are available at the MNPS website. (See the “Wrap-around services for students and families” heading.)
Any additional updates and resources from our members are welcome. Please send information to email@example.com. Please also stay alerted to COVID-19 and disaster related scams. Finally, please stay healthy, safe, and united as a community in the fight against COVID-19!