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COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Resources

We have compiled a list of resources we think might be helpful to our community members as they are dealing with the impacts of COVID-19. As we get new information, we'll continue to update this page. Please check back regularly. 

For Small Businesses

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program
Are you a farmer or rancher whose operation has been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic? The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program will provide direct relief to producers who have suffered losses during the 2020 marketing year due to COVID-19.

SBA COVID-19: Small Business Guidance & Loan Resource
Find out about funding options and guidance for businesses and employers. 

The NDN COVID-19 Response Project
The NDN Collective’s COVID-19 Response Project is designed to provide immediate relief to some of the most underserved communities in the country. There are grants available for Indigenous entrepreneurs.

COVID-19 Business for All Grants
Provides $10,000 grants to for-profit businesses severely impacted by COVID-19.

Governor Noem's Small Business Relief Fund
Provides zero interest loans to businesses with less than 250 employees.

Federal SBA Disaster Loans & Emergency Grants
Low-interest federal disaster loans and a one-time emergency grant of up to $10,000 from the U.S. Small Business Administration for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury.

Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund
Provides up to $10,000 grants to businesses facing financial pressure because of COVID-19 — especially entrepreneurs of color, women-owned businesses and other historically under-served enterprises.

For Artists

The NDN COVID-19 Response Project
The NDN Collective’s COVID-19 Response Project is designed to provide immediate relief to some of the most underserved communities in the country. There are grants available for Indigenous artists.

The Actors Fund Emergency Financial Assistance Programs
Provides one application for multiple emergency funding programs for actors, dancers, musicians and other performing artists who are unable to pay basic living expenses.

Artist Relief Fund
Supports artists across the United States with financial and informational resources.

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants
Supports experimental artists who have been impacted by the economic fallout from postponed or canceled performances and exhibitions.

Freelancers Assistance Program 
Provides assistance of up to $1,000 per household to qualifying freelancers to cover lost income and essential expenses due to COVID-19.

MusiCares® COVID-19 Relief Fund
Provides basic living assistance to music industry professionals of up to $1,000 to compensate for cancelled work due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund
Provides funds for basic living expenses for musicians and music industry workers affected by coronavirus.

For Individuals & Families

VA Home Loan Borrowers
A borrower with a VA-guaranteed or VA-held loan, including a Native American Direct Loan or a vendee loan, who is experiencing a financial hardship due, directly or indirectly, to the COVID–19 emergency may request a loan forbearance, regardless of delinquency status. Contact your loan servicer for more information.

USDA Home Loan Borrowers
Borrowers with USDA single-family housing Direct and Guaranteed loans may be subject to a moratorium on foreclosure and eviction for a period of 60 days. Contact your loan servicer for more information.

COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund for Native American/Indigenous College Students
Provide Native American/Indigenous undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a U.S. college or university who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic a one-time scholarship of $500.

HealthWell COVID-19 Ancillary Fund
Provides assistance with costs associated with delivered food, medication, diagnostics, transportation and telehealth as a result of COVID-19 high-risk status or a positive diagnosis.

SD Housing Development Authority Encourages Struggling Homeowners to Contact Loan Services
The SD Housing Development Authority is encouraging struggling homeowners to reach out to their loan servicers. Homeowners who have mortgages backed by the federal government are provided protections through the CARES Act. Your loan servicer is the company you pay your mortgage to and will be able to provide you with options for the specific loan protection terms being offered.

One Fair Wage Emergency Fund
Supports restaurant workers, delivery drivers and other tipped workers and service workers facing financial hardship or are unable to work because of quarantines or other health concerns.

Restaurant Employee Relief Fund
Provides restaurant employees a one-time $500 grants for short-term COVID-19 related hardships in paying basic living expenses and medical bills.

Restaurant Workers COVID-19 Fund
Provides emergency funding to restaurant and bar employees or owners, or restaurant/bar supplier employees who face unforeseen expenses not covered by insurance.

Tips to Stay on Top of Your Finances During the Coronavirus Pandemic
A lot of people are dealing with serious financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. If you’re worried about your finances, but haven’t experienced a loss of income or increased expenses so far, consider these tips.

VIDEO - CARES Act Mortgage Forbearance: What You Need to Know
The Consumer Protection Finance Bureau created this video to help people learn more about coronavirus mortgage relief options under the CARES Act.

Tribal & Indian Country News

COVID-19 Information for OST - Facebook Page
This page has been created to provide a direct access to the information concerning the COVID-19 virus and the response of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.

What You Need to Know About the Federal COVID-19 Relief Bill
The law helps enable Indian tribes and tribally-owned businesses to prepare for and respond to the unique human and economic challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Tribal Coronavirus Relief Fund
Congress has approved an $8,000,000,000 relief fund for tribal governments. This money is intended to cover expenses incurred by or anticipated revenue impacts for tribal governments. Allocation of this money is currently being discussed and tribal leaders are encouraged to participate in those conversations.

COVID-19 and Indian Country
A survey by the Center for Indian Country Development shows the coronavirus pandemic exposes tribal economies and governments to economic hardship.