COVID-19 Business Resources and Updates

Winneshiek County Development & Tourism is here to help support our communities and businesses. Below are a few business resources that are available to you and your employees.  As time moves forward, we will continue to update this page with more information. I have also included additional programs and grant opportunities for certain areas of our workforce. I encourage you to share this information with others as you see fit. 

Stay safe and healthy,
Stephanie Fromm
Executive Director

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Small Business Assistance Program Directory

Use the search filter below to find programs, loans, and grants that may fit your needs.

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Iowa Arts and Culture Emergency Relief Grants

Updated: May 21, 2020

During the current funding round, the Iowa Arts & Culture Emergency Relief Fund grants will be made available to support Iowans in two categories:

– Nonprofit arts and cultural organizations located in Iowa or a border community
– Arts or cultural department or division of a municipal government that is also incorporated in Iowa under the Iowa Nonprofit Corporation Act

Application Deadline: May 26, 2020
Links: Information/Application

Hospitality Worker Grant

May 10, 2020

offering $500 relief grants for hospitality workers who lost their jobs or had their hours cut in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. Anyone in the hospitality industry, dishwasher, bartender, server, busser, chef, cook, sommelier, manager, host, concierge, cleaning staff, or bar-back may apply for funds. Applications are open Monday 9am-Friday 5pm PST. 

Links: Application

Beauty Changes Lives Grant

May 6, 2020

Beauty Changes Lives is offering a one-time $1,000 Nail Professional Relief Grant to nail professionals who cannot maintain their regular income due to mandated COVID-19 closures. To qualify, applicants must be a licensed nail professional who has been employed for 12 months on or before March 16, 2020, lives in the U.S., and currently is not earning an income. Applications due 6/30/2020.

Application Deadline: June 30, 2020
Links: Application Link

PEN America Grant

May 6, 2020

PEN America is offering grants of $500 to $1,000 through its Writers’ Emergency Fund to U.S.-based professional writers who demonstrate an inability to meet a financial need due to COVID-19 impacts. The funds are intended to assist authors, poets, playwrights, screenwriters, translators, and journalists. 

Links: Application Link

Musicians Foundation Fund

May 6, 2020

The Musicians Foundation is offering one-time $200 grants through its CV19 Emergency Aid Grant Program to professional performers, educators, and composers. To be eligible, you must (1) be a professional musician with five or more years of experience performing, teaching, or composing, (2) earn a majority of your income from performing, teaching, or composing, (3) file taxes as a musician, and (4) have proper documentation of both your career and your work cancellations. This grant opportunity reopened May 5, 2020 and will close once they receive 100 new applications. 

Application Deadline: May 9, 2020
Links: Application Link

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund

May 6, 2020

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund is offering variable COVID-19 relief grants for musicians and music industry workers. To be eligible, you must provide documentation proving at least 50% of your income […]

Links: Application Link

Hello Alice Grant

May 6, 2020

Hello Alice is offering $10,000 emergency COVID-19 grants under their Business for All grant contest. To apply, you need to fill to an application for their main contest, and then they will direct you to the COVID-19 grant request. If you don’t receive a COVID-19 grant, you would be in the running for their main grant contest, which has a grand prize of $50,000. To be eligible, you must be a legal resident of the U.S. over 18 years of age, your business must be a legal for-profit business based in the U.S., and the applicant must be the business owner who is the founder and/or leading executive. Preference is given to business owners who are women, people of color, LGBTQ+, military-connected, and entrepreneurs with disabilities. 

Links: Application Link

Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)

Updated: May 4, 2020

Low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to agricultural businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
At this time, only agricultural business applications will be accepted due to limitations in funding availability and the unprecedented submission of applications already received.

Links: Information

Salesforce Care Small Business Grants

April 28, 2020

To be eligible to apply, companies must:
Be a for-profit company
Have between 2 to 50 employees
Have been in business for 2 full years as of March 2020
Have an annual revenue between $250k and $2M
Have experienced challenges from COVID-19

Application Deadline: May 4, 2020
Links: Application

Artist Relief Grant

Updated: April 28, 2020

Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19; serve as an ongoing informational resource; and co-launch the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and […]

Application Deadline: May 21, 2020
Links: Information | Application

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

Updated: April 26, 2020

Provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities. The […]

Links: Details

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants

April 18, 2020

Temporary fund to meet the needs of experimental artists who have been impacted by the economic fallout from postponed or canceled performances and exhibitions. For as long as our Board […]

Links: Information

Small Business Help Line

Updated: April 16, 2020

Our local Small Business Development Counselors in Winneshiek County are readily available to assist local businesses. Whether it’s local/state/federal applications, business/marketing plans or simply exploring different opportunities to reach your […]

Links: Press Release | Iowa SBDC COVID-19 Resources

Iowa Targeted Small Business Program

Updated: April 14, 2020

State program designed to help women, individuals with minority status, service-connected disabled veterans and individuals with disabilities overcome some of the hurdles to start or grow a small business in […]

Links: Application for TSB Certification | COVID-19 TSB Operator Fund (Suspended)

List of Arts Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Updated: April 13, 2020

Creative Capital’s list of resources for artists working in all disciplines, as well as arts philanthropists, and arts professionals. Inclues national, state, & local grants for artists as well as […]

Links: List of Artist Resources

Iowa State Bar Association COVID-19 Legal Information Hotline

April 10, 2020

Iowa Legal Aid, the Iowa State Bar Association and Polk County Volunteer Lawyers Project have created a hotline to help Iowans with legal issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The […]

Links: How the hotline works

Professional Beauty Association COVID-19 Relief Fund

April 3, 2020

The Professional Beauty Association COVID-19 Relief Fund will provide $500 to licensed beauty professionals who are unable to work due to COVID-19. The funding, if awarded to you, is intended […]

Links: Application

PEN America Writers’ Emergency Fund

April 3, 2020

Grants of $500 to $1,000 based on applications that demonstrate an inability to meet an acute financial need, especially one resulting from the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. To be […]

Links: Information | Application

Small Business Help Line

Our local Small Business Development Counselors are readily available to assist local businesses. Whether it’s local/state/federal applications, business/marketing plans or simply exploring different opportunities to reach your customers, our team is available by calling 563-588-3350 between 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday – Friday. This is a free service to all businesses.

Decorah and Winneshiek County Mutual Aid Network

The Network is still up and running! If you need help, advice or have questions, please visit the website or reach out to one of our team members at

Winneshiek County Development and Tourism, in partnership with DecorahNow and MANY other great partner organizations, has launched a mutual aid network to help community members, businesses, and organizations from throughout Winneshiek County and beyond, share information and resources, read more about what is happening locally, let others know they are available to help, and/or to ask for help, suggest ideas, and share positive stories. Please visit the website or follow the page on social media for the most up to date information.

Other Links and Information

Office of the Governor of Iowa
Latest News and Information

Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division
Updated Rules and Regulations for Bars & Restaurants

Iowa Utilities Board
Order Extending Winter Moratorium for Electric and Natural Gas Customers

Iowa Workforce Development
Iowa Workforce Development Response to COVID-19
Application – Unemployment Insurance Benefits.

Other Business Resource Sites

CIRAS at Iowa State University
How to deal with COVID-19

Iowa Business Information on COVID-19

Iowa Small Business Development Center
How to Prepare Your Small Business for Coronavirus

Main Street America Resource Center
Guidance for Your Community
COVID-19 Resources for Economic Development Planning & Recovery

Tourism Resources
Information for Iowa Tourism Partners

​U.S. Chamber of Commerce
COVID-19 Preparedness Checklist

U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers [PDF]