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Resources for Financial Support & Creating Online Learning Opportunities

During this crisis, EENC is here for you. We have seen many of you on our COVID-19 calls (and have two more scheduled here) and have really appreciated those of you who have shared your needs and concerns in the recent survey.

Some of the major needs we’ve heard so far through the calls and initial survey responses are how to stay financially viable through this crisis, both personally and as organizations, and for training on how to create digital learning opportunities. We’ve pulled together some resources to help you continue to follow your passion and stay in environmental education.

Loan Opportunities through the CARES Act: Businesses and non-profits with fewer than 500 employees are eligible to apply for two different loan programs to help you keep your staff on board. For a general overview of the CARES Act, click here.

  1. The Payroll Protection Program offers a new forgivable loan to help support up to 8 weeks of payroll and a few other allowable costs. Applications are set to open today, so contact your bank to learn more. Learn more about the Payroll Protection Program resources from the SBA.

  2. Economic Injury Disaster Loans can help cover additional expenses. You can apply for a forgivable advance of up to $10,000. You can also apply for a greater loan up to $2 million that is not forgivable and has a 2.75% interest. Funding from this program is expected to be available more quickly than PPP loans. Learn more here.

For a comparison of these loans, click here.

Paid Sick Leave/Extended Family Leave: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act provides up to two weeks paid sick leave and up to 10 weeks paid family leave to care for kids out of school due to COVID-19. Employers, you can claim this as a payroll tax deduction.

Unemployment Insurance Benefits: If you are temporarily out of work or had your hours reduced because of COVID-19, North Carolina has made it easier for you to apply for unemployment. In addition, the CARES Act provides an additional $600 per week in supplemental benefits from the federal government. Learn more here.

Creating High Quality Online Learning:

Other COVID-19 Resource Collections:

Note: Even though many of these were written for non-profits, many of their tips and resources are applicable to other agencies and companies as well!

We’re going to keep listening to what you need as members – so keep telling us what you need! You all do amazing work in our state, and we want to do everything we can to help you continue to provide excellent environmental education opportunities through this crisis.


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