Rebuilding vulnerable communities reeling from the economic ravages of COVID-19 pandemic will require a heightened public-private partnership—one defined not just by resolute individual and entrepreneurial initiative, social enterprise, and nonprofit capacity-building, but also by thoughtful and visionary public policy re-envisioned with these communities in mind.
Today, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) announced a new $5 million grant program funded by Morgan Stanley to help its member organizations recover and rebuild from the coronavirus pandemic.
The new Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) portal opened January 11, 2021 for new and certain existing PPP borrowers. The new rules from the Small Business Administration (SBA) on both PPP and the targeted Economic Injury Disaster Grant (EIDL) aim to correct some of the lending discrimination uncovered in the first round.
The package represents a down payment for a just recovery that will prevent evictions, protect small businesses and provide additional direct payments to millions of families facing continued financial distress as a result of this global pandemic and economic crisis. The package also provides additional funding for Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs), lenders who can put capital to work in low-income communities and communities of color when and where they need it most.
Donald Trump’s victory four years ago was unimaginable to many, and an emotional blow that only got worse over time. Until now. The post election drama is mostly over. The Electoral College is done. We finally know: Joe Biden will be the 46th president, and Kamala Harris will be many firsts as vice president: Black, South Asian, woman, mom.
Despite published evidence and widespread media coverage of discrimination in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) bank loan application process, a second round of tests over the summer showed discrimination continued.
COVID-19 Small Business Resource The coronavirus has quickly spread into a global pandemic. Governments have taken drastic measures to encourage social distancing. Along with anxieties about contracting and spreading disease, millions of people who were already struggling or living paycheck-to-paycheck face new uncertainties about their financial security. Many organizations and governments have responded with resources …
Although active employment rates in North Carolina’s small businesses dropped broadly during the first six months of the COVID-19 pandemic, by the end of August the rate had returned to pre-COVID levels for White entrepreneurs, but was still down by 62% for Black business owners, a new study shows. The study, from the National Community …