Relief Funds for Businesses Impacted by Pandemic

$50 Million in New Business Relief Funding Includes Specific Support for Minority, Women-Owned, Veteran-Owned Businesses

On October 7, 2020 Governor Lee and the Financial Stimulus Accountability Group (FSAG) announced an initial $50 million in federal Coronavirus Relief Funds for the new Supplemental Employer Recovery Grant (SERG) program to provide additional relief to small businesses that suffered as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds include specific support for minority-owned, women-owned and veteran-owned businesses, as well as businesses owned by disabled persons.

Small business owners and non-profit organizations can apply to receive reimbursement for eligible direct expenses or costs incurred because of business interruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Businesses may apply now through December 29, 2020, or until all funds are depleted.

Please note:

  • Funds will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis;
  • Awards are capped at $30,000. Businesses located in low to moderate income (“LMI”) census tracts, Opportunity zones, or Promise zones will receive an additional $500 added to the maximum allowable expenses;
  • 10% of all funds distributed under this program will be reserved for eligible diversity business enterprises, classified as minority business enterprises, women business enterprises, or service-disabled veteran business enterprises, and enterprises owned by disabled persons.

The period for reimbursable expenses is May 1, 2020 through August 31, 2020. Business interruption costs and other elligible expenses include (but are not limited to):

  • Costs to create social distancing measures
  • Purchasing personal protective equipment (PPE) for employees or customers
  • Contactless equipment
  • Payroll expenses
  • Mortgage interest

The SERG program follows the previously allocated $300 million for more than 40,000 qualifying businesses under the Tennessee Business Relief Program.

To apply and learn more about what is eligible for reimbursement, please visit https://tncaresact.tn.gov/SERG . For assistance with an application, please call 1-833-740-1438 or email support@TNCARESACT.com.

Information provided by www.tn.gov/governor/news.

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COVID-19 Testing at the Wilson County Fairgrounds

Update from the Wilson County Health Department: September 1, 2020

Beginning Tuesday, September 8th testing will be at the Wilson County Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. – 1:00p.m., Monday through Friday. Those who wish to receive a test are asked to enter the Fairgrounds from the Tennessee Blvd gate entrance. Testing is free and no appointment is necessary.

It is important for those who wish to be tested for COVID-19 to provide contact information to health department staff members, who will give out your test results. People who have any COVID-19 symptoms or have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 must isolate themselves while awaiting their test results. For more on what to expect after being tested for COVID-19, visit www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/health/documents/cedep/novel-coronavirus/TestedGuidance.pdf.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recently updated the guidance on isolation of those who test positive for COVID-19. Per this new guidance, people who test positive for COVID-19 can generally discontinue isolation and other precautions ten days after symptoms first began and they have not had a fever for at least 24 hours without taking fever-reducing medicine, and with improvement of other symptoms. Those who test positive for COVID-19 but do not develop symptoms can discontinue isolation and other precautions after ten days.  

The Tennessee Department of Health does not recommend that people get retested within three months after the date of first symptoms for their initial COVID-19 infection. Quarantine is not recommended in the occurrence of close contact with an infected person.

To learn more about how to protect yourself and your family from COVID-19, visit https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html

 

COVID19 health dpt notice

 

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"Rebuild and Recover" Grant Program

The following is a letter from Jim Kidwell, ADA Coordinator:

"June 10, 2020

County Commissioners

County Officials

County Residents

Wilson County is fortunate enough to be able to apply for funds through the “Rebuild and Recover” program with Tennessee Housing Development Agency, to assist local communities to recover from weather related incidents.

Mayor Hutto and County ADA Coordinator, Jim Kidwell met with THDA officials (Cynthia Peraza-Director of Community Programs, Toni Shaw-Housing Programs Manager, Larisa Stout-Housing Programs Manager, Jeremy Heidt-Director of Industry and Government Affairs, and Denise McBride-Industry and Government Affairs Liaison----who put the meeting together)  on June 2, 2020, to discuss some of the particulars.

The maximum grant awarded to any community is $500,000.00, and this requires a 50% match.  Those funds can be provided by in-kind services from other State agencies, federal sources such as the CDBG program, USDA Rural Development or the Federal Home Loan Bank.  In addition, FEMA funds can qualify as an eligible source of match, so in this case, our FEMA funds should more than make up our match.

Rebuild and Recover grants may only be used to benefit low or very low-income households.  Low income” means an individual or household whose gross income does not exceed 80% of the area median income, adjusted for family size.  “Very low income” means an individual or family unit whose gross annual income does not exceed 50% of the median income, adjusted for family size.  Rebuild and Recover grants use the income limits established by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development for the HOME Program, and household income as defined by the Section 8 Rental Assistance Program.  Current income limits are posted on the THDA website at www.thda.org under the Community Programs tab.(I have included the “Income Limits”)

The maximum per unit subsidy from the Rebuild and Recover grant is $40,000.00.  This amount may not be enough to rehabilitate a homeownership unit in compliance with the Property Standards.  Grantees should seek additional funding specific to eligible homeowners.

Grants for homeowner rehabilitation projects that do not include reconstruction shall have a compliance period of five years with a forgiveness feature of 20% annually. In order to enforce the compliance period, THDA will require that a Grantee have assisted homeowners execute a grant note and a recorded deed of trust.

Grants for homeowner rehabilitation projects that include reconstruction shall have a compliance period of fifteen years with a forgiveness feature of 6.67% annually.  In order to enforce the compliance period, THDA will require that a Grantee have assisted homeowners execute a grant note and a recorded deed of trust.

If the homeowner of a property that has been rehabilitated dies during the compliance period and the property is inherited by heirs, the property may be rented without paying the unforgiven portion of the Rebuild and Recover subsidy to THDA.  However, if the house is sold by the heirs during the compliance period, the remaining unforgiven portion must be repaid to THDA.  Grants for the demolition of owner-occupied housing will not require a compliance period.

The solicitation of bids for goods and services, materials, supplies and/or equipment using Rebuild and Recover grants, must be open and competitive.  Rebuild and Recover Grantees must follow the procurement policies.  At a minimum, there must be an established contractor selection procedure and a written rationale for selecting the successful bid and proposal.

If you know of anyone affected by the storm, living in Wilson County, that meet the criteria, please have them fill out the enclosed survey, and get it back to me by June 26, 2020.   I have also enclosed the income limits.

Jim Kidwell, ADA"

Adjusted Home Income Limits

Rebuild and Recover Grant Survey

Please direct any questions to Jim Kidwell at the Wilson County Mayor's Office (615)444-1383. 

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Tornado Recovery Connection

The following is a message from Recover Wilson County:

Recover Wilson County’s Long Term Recovery Relief Team is here to walk alongside you or anyone you know affected by the storms on March 3, 2020. A Long Term Recovery Group is a cooperative body made up of representatives from faith-based, non-profit, government, business and other organizations working within a community to assist individuals and families as they recover from disaster in a holistic, sustainable and equitable way.  You can go to recoverwilson.com to find available resources.  

We additionally, advise you will reach out to Tornado Recovery Connection who have hired caseworkers to work alongside our team. This ensures we are able to best assess needs survivors in the community may have now, or in the future.  Please leave a message at  615-270-9255 and your call will be returned by a case manager from Tornado Recovery Connection. TRC will confidentially document your information and connect you with the Recover Wilson Team.  Above all, our team seeks to ensure you know that you are not alone and we are here to serve each affected community member equally as we walk together towards recovery.

 

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May 4th Deadline to Apply with FEMA

For those who have uninsured losses as a result of the March 3rd tornadoes, May 4, 2020 is the deadline to register with FEMA.

May 4, 2020 also is the deadline to apply to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for low-interest disaster loans for physical property damage.

Applicants can apply for a low-interest disaster loan online at https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance.

The deadline for economic injury applications is December 7, 2020.

For more information on SBA disaster assistance. Call SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (TTY 800-877-8339), or visit sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance . 

FEMA ways to Apply

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May is the Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Month Poster

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DrugFree WilCo Facebook Live Event April 29th at 2:30PM

Drug Free WilCo will host a Facebook Live Event on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 2:30PM. Mike Ayalon will moderate for DrugFree WilCo with speakers Erika Lathon of Addiction Campuses; Ralph Cook of Lantern Lane Farms; Will Taylor, Regional Opioid Prevention Specialist; and Daryl Crouch, Pastor Green Hills Church and Everyone’s Wilson.  Visit facebook.com/drugfreewilco and learn about how they are able to provide much needed support to those in need during these challenging times.  All are welcome to view and listen to this call!

Facebook Live DrugFree WilCo

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Vehicle Emissions Testing Suspended until May 18, 2020

On March 24, 2020, Governor Bill Lee issued Executive Order No. 19, which suspended requirements for vehicle emissions testing in Tennessee from March 12, 2020 to May 18, 2020.

Executive Order No. 19 Amended Executive Order No. 15, which extended the expiration date on motor vehicle registrations that expire from March 12, 2020 through May 18, 2020. The expiration date was suspended to June 15, 2020.

Vehicle testing centers in Davidson, Hamilton, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson Counties are now closed.

“Suspending requirements for vehicle emissions testing in counties that conduct testing is necessary,” TDEC Commissioner David Salyers said. “Tennessee families are responding to many restrictions designed to curb the spread of COVID-19, and this action helps alleviate some of the difficulty Tennesseans are facing at this time.”

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Division of Air Pollution Control will update Tennesseans as to when vehicle emissions testing services are available so that vehicles may be tested prior to June 15, 2020.

For more information, visit the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s website  https://www.tn.gov/environment/program-areas/apc-air-pollution-control-home/apc/vehicle-inspection-program1.html .

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Motor Vehicle Registrations Expiration Dates Delayed

Car Tags

The provisions of Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 55-4-104(a)-(d), are hereby suspended to the extent necessary to delay the expiration of all valid motor vehicle registrations set to expire between March 12, 2020 and May 18, 2020. Such motor vehicle registrations shall instead expire on June 15, 2020; provided, however, that such registrations shall return to their original renewal schedules in subsequent years.

Therefore, vehicle emissions testing has been suspended until further notice. 

Driver's Licenses 

The provisions of the Tennessee Code Annotated, Sections 55-50-336 and 55-50-337, are hereby suspended to the extent necessary to delay the expiration of all valid Class A, B, C, D, P and M driver licenses and Class ID photo identification licenses set to expire between March 12, 2020, and May 18, 2020. Such licenses shall instead expire six (6) months for the current date the license is set to expire.

The provisions of Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 39-17-1351(n)(1), are hereby suspended to the extent necessary to delay the expiration of a valid enhanced handgun carry permit set to expire between March 12, 2020 and May 18, 2020. Such permits shall instead expire (6) months from the current date the permit is set to expire.

Please call the Wilson County Clerk’s Office during normal business hours for more information.

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The Latest on COVID-19

Wilson County Declaration in Response to COVID-19 4/1/2020

Wilson County Declares State of Emergency 3/25/2020

Wilson County Coronavirus COVID-19 Update of 3/18/2020

For more information and helpful links, view 

Wilson County stays on top of Coronavirus Information

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Contact an Office in the Wilson County Courthouse

While services continue to be provided, our county buildings will generally be closed to public walk-in access until  further notice. County employees are at work and can be reached by phone, internet, and mail during regular office hours.


For information on how to reach your county service by phone, please see the list of contact information here.

 

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SBA Disaster Loan Assistance

The U.S. Small Business Administration offers disaster assistance in the form of low-interest loans to businesses, homeowners, private non-profit organizations, and renters.

These loans may be used to repair or replace items that were damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster. This includes properties such as real estate, personal property, machinery and equipment, and inventory and business assets.

To learn more about how you may qualify and how to begin an application with the U.S. Small Business Administration, visit  https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/ .

This information is based on the U.S. Small Business Administration and its website  https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/ .

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Helpful Information from FEMA

FEMA ways to Apply

The three fact sheets below provide information for disaster survivors seeking assistance.
An application status can be checked online at www.disasterassistance.gov.
Disaster survivors may also access FEMA via smartphone and download the application from www.fema.gov .

Individuals and Households Program Fact Sheet

Public Assistance Fact Sheet

Individual Assistance Program Fact Sheet 

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Federal Assistance Comes to Davidson, Putnam, & Wilson Counties

This is an important message for those affected by the deadly tornadoes and severe weather on March 3, 2020.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced on March 5, 2020 that Davidson, Putnam, and Wilson counties will receive federal aid through an expedited Major Disaster Declaration.

Individuals who may be eligible can begin the application process at www.disasterassistance.gov.

Please see the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency's press release for more information here.

To see more information from the Wilson County Mayor's office, click here.

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Wilson County stays on top of Coronavirus Information

For information on the Coronavirus and helpful links, click below.

Wilson County stays on top of Coronavirus Information 2/28/2020

Wilson County Update on Coronavirus Preparedness 3/5/2020

Wilson County Update on Coronavirus COVID-19 3/12/2020

 

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