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Monday Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) announced the launch of the new Iowa County Fairs Relief Program. The program will provide short-term relief to eligible county and district fairs for the purpose of continuing or resuming operations in the context of the public health emergency.
“Every single year, Iowans who attend their local county fair get to see, taste, and experience the positive impact Iowa agriculture has on our communities,” said Gov. Reynolds. “The economic and social impact is immeasurable and it’s critical they have our support to continue operations in preparation for next year.”
The state has allocated up to $6 million of federal CARES Act funds for the Iowa County Fairs Relief Program. This statewide program, an extension of the Small Business Relief Grant program, is offered through the IEDA in collaboration with the Association of Iowa Fairs (AIF). There are three funding levels: $25,000, $50,000, and $75,000. Award amounts will be determined based on demonstrated revenue loss for the period of October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020 as compared with the corresponding period for the previous year.
To be eligible for a grant, the applicant must demonstrate that it:
Is a “Fair” as defined at Iowa Code section 174.1.
Has continuously held membership in the AIF since at least March 17, 2020.
Conducted a “fair event” as defined at Iowa Code section 174.1 (“Fair Event”) in Iowa in Calendar Year 2019.
Held a Fair Event after March 17, 2020 but was subject to limitations or restrictions described in a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency issued by Governor Reynolds on or after March 9, 2020 or it canceled a Fair Event scheduled to be held in Iowa between March 17, 2020 and the submission date of the application for assistance through the Fund.
Experienced a revenue loss for the period of October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020 as compared with the corresponding period for the previous year.
For a full list of eligibility requirements, additional information and to apply, visit iowabusinessrecovery.com. Applications are currently being accepted via email or mail until 5 p.m. on November 16, 2020. Application questions can be directed to the AIF by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 563-547-4996.
The Legislative Services Agency (LSA) has published several documents during October pertaining to COVID-19 workforce related programs in Iowa. You can access them below:
Document was tied to topic(s) - COVID-19, Federal funds, Unemployment compensation, Workforce Development Department
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Currently, IDPH has reported on the state’s coronavirus dashboard, 119,094 Iowans have tested positive, up 1,649 from our update yesterday morning, with a total of 948,267 tested. 22 additional deaths were reported since our last update, bringing the total to 1,679 deaths. Now 90,405 Iowans have recovered. The overall positivity rate is 12.6% and the total 14 day rolling average positivity rate is 11.1%. The latest on hospitalizations, including how many patients have been admitted in the last 24 hours can be found here. There are currently 596 hospitalized patients.
School district statistics including positivity rates by county can be found here. According to guidance issued by the Iowa Department of Education, schools may petition to go to hybrid or online learning with less than 50 percent in-person instruction when the per county percentage positivity rates are above 15 percent in a county on average over the past 14 days (rolling average) AND 10% absenteeism among students is expected for in-person learning.
Currently 18 counties are above 15 percent positivity rate over the past 14 days: