CAREs ACT

Congress’s latest coronavirus relief package, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, is the largest economic relief bill in U.S. history and will allocate $2.2 trillion in support to individuals and businesses affected by the pandemic and economic downturn. Many people have questions about how the new law impacts their families and businesses.

COVID-19 Economic impact Payments (“Stimulus checks”)

Millions of Americans have already received their Economic Impact Payments (Payments) authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) continues to calculate and automatically send the Payments to most eligible individuals, however some may have to provide additional information to the IRS to get their Payments. Visit the IRS Economic Impact Payment Information Center for more information: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payment-information-center.

What is a Stimulus Check?

  • A Stimulus Check is money that the government will give to individuals and families to help them during the COVID-19 crisis.

How do I get a Stimulus Check?

  • If you filed a 2018 or 2019 tax return, you do not need to do anything. The IRS will send you the stimulus check. If you get Social Security Retirement, Social Security Disability Insurance, or Railroad Retirement benefits, you do not need to do anything. The IRS will send you the stimulus check.

For additional FAQs, see Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County Stimulus Check Fact Sheet: (English) (Spanish)

Resources to Assist Child Care Centers/Small Businesses

SCORE Coronavirus Hub: SCORE is a free, federally-funded organization that provides mentoring to small businesses. They are a Small Business Association (SBA) resource partner and are currently offer mentoring calls/video chats, online education, and weekly webinars.

They are available to work with child care providers to:

  • Identify appropriate funding source
  • Readying financial statements and information for application
  • How to best use a loan
  • Next steps and alternate sources of funding if denied

More details regarding funding sources and eligibility are available on the US Chamber of Commerce’s COVID-19 Emergency Loans: Small Business Guide

Disaster Help Center: DCBA has partnered with the Department of Workforce, Development, Aging, and Community Services, and other County and State agencies on on this center that can help business owners, non-profits, renters and workers access important resources during the COVID-19 emergency.

Counselors are available by phone 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays, to help you find the resources right for your situation.

Contact the Help Center:

Funding Opportunities

  • COVID-19 Response Funds: The Philanthropy California team vetted the list of response funds below to help you direct resources to the most vulnerable communities. This list is updated daily. You can filter the list based on region and beneficiary. We hope that it will assist in taking rapid action to support families, businesses, community-based organizations, and others during this crisis.
  • Sempra Foundation COVID-19 Nonprofit Hardship Fund: Through our COVID-19 Nonprofit Hardship Fund, we will provide grants ranging from $500 to $50,000 to small to medium-sized non-profit organizations serving people and families significantly affected by COVID-19. Please visit their website for further information on qualifying: https://www.sempraenergyfoundation.org/pages/areas-of-giving/health-and-safety.shtml.
  • The Ahmanson Foundation Grants: The Foundation reviews grant requests from 501(c)(3) organizations that are not private foundations as defined in section 509(a) of the U.S. Internal Revenue code and that are based in and serving Los Angeles County. In order to be responsive to the many needs of the Los Angeles community, the Foundation prefers to consider requests that are one-time or short-term in nature. Organizations that do not submit requests on a regular or annual basis will receive preference. The Foundation’s philanthropic interests are in four areas: Arts and Humanities, Education, Health and Medicine, and Human Services.
  • United Way COVID-19 Relief Fund: Opened a short, online application that aims to collect information and provide direct support to nonprofits and community groups located and serving in LA County, in order to expand access to vital supplies for the homeless service response to COVID 19.

Learning Opportunities

The Non-Profit Partnership: BREAKFAST SERIES WEBINAR: Volunteer Programs & Risk Management During COVID-19 – Tuesday, April 28; 9am-11am. For more information, click here.

Relias: How to Provide Telemental Health Services Now and Beyond – FREE telehealth course series on the practical applications of telehealth. For more information, click here.

Additional Misc. Resources

Signal Boost: COVID-19 Creative Support for non-profit organizations looking to amplify their messaging. For more information, click here.

Non-Profit Op-Eds/Thought Leadership:




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