Navigating the CARES Act


APRIL 2020


The CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) was adopted by Congress in late March 2020 and implementation is under way. Starting April 3, 2020, small businesses and nonprofits can apply for Small Business Administration (SBA) loans and loan forgiveness, and starting April 10, 2020, independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply. We have identified some concise guides (as of April 2, 2020*) for use by artists, freelancers, nonprofits, and small businesses:

*As you prepare to apply for any of these assistance resources, please continually check in at the main source for the most up-to-date information – updates and changes are happening rapidly both at the federal and state levels.

Independent Sector: CARES Act: How to Apply for Nonprofit Relief Funds

This concise, easy-to-navigate resource is organized by instructions for Individuals, Small Nonprofits, and Large Nonprofits. Click HERE.

Coronavirus Government Benefits for Businesses and Employees

This is an overview of assistance resources in a table format created by Daryl J. Reese, Business & Nonprofit Law, Johnston Thomas, Attorneys at Law, PC in Santa Rosa (Daryl has been a Creative Sonoma presenter for numerous workshops). Click HERE.

Coronavirus Business Resource Guide

In partnership with the County of Sonoma and the Department of Health Services, our Economic Development Board has compiled a comprehensive list of local, state and government resources and benefits for businesses and employees affected by the emerging situation. Click HERE.