There is no doubt that the economic impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) will be felt by many across our community, country, and world. 

Below is a list of economic resources on a local, state, and federal level, in addition to, other resources. 


  • This website, a resource to local businesses, is a collaboration of the Iowa City Downtown District, Think Iowa City, Iowa City Area Development Group, and Iowa City Area Business Partnership. For more information, visit their website. 
  • has a webpage that lists many resources related to housing, be it assistance to help people find affordable housing, shelter for those in need, assistance for renovation and repairs, and rental assistance. For more information, visit their website. 
  • Johnson County Social Services can help residents access many essential services like childcare and clothing, food and legal assistance, and health services. For more information, visit their website. 
  • Taxi Business Licenses and Driver Authorization: The Iowa City Mayor, Bruce Teague, has extended the deadline for taxi business licenses, driver authorizations, and taxicab inspections. For more information, view the Mayor's Order document. 


  • Iowa Small Business Relief Program Award Notifications: The application window closed on March 31, and over 500 small businesses have been notified they will receive funding. Governor Reynolds is adding an additional $20 million to the Small Business Relief Program to allow for more businesses to receive financial support. Applicants that were not selected for the first round of funding will be considered, and if selected, will be notified by April 10, 2020. For more information, visit the website. 

  • Targeted Small Business Program: A fund has been created to support Targeted Small Businesses (TSB) with zero employees that have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program offers eligible small businesses grants ranging from $5,000-$10,000 to businesses that are single owners with no employees that are also TSB-certified, or have an application submitted to the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) by April 10, 2020 to become TSB-certified.

    • This program will continue to process applications on an ongoing basis until all funds are exhausted. Applications are processed in both order of receipt of application and submission of all required documents and Targeted Small Business certification approval. 
    • For more information, visit their website. 
  • Small Business Administration Support Loans: The disaster declaration for the State of Iowa allows pandemic-impacted small businesses to apply for low-interest support loans. For more information, visit their website.
  • Iowa Workforce Development announced assistance for employees and employers affected by COVID-19 related layoffs. For more information, visit their website. 
  • Legal Information Hotline: The Iowa State Bar Association (ISBA), Iowa Legal Aid, and Polk County Volunteer Lawyers Project have partnered to create a hotline offering support to Iowans with legal concerns related to COVID-19. The hotline phone number is 1-800-332-0419.
  • Iowa WORKS has listings of job positions and work opportunities. For more information, visit the website. 


Restaurant, Food Industry, and Takeout Workers Assistance 

  • Restaurant Association Resources: For the restaurant and hospitality industry, the Restaurant Association of Iowa website provides information, resources and community. For more information, visit their website. 
  • Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation has created a COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund for individual workers and small businesses in the restaurant industry. They will provide help for individual workers facing economic or health hardships that are a direct result of COVID-19, while also providing zero-interest loans to businesses so they can maintain payroll or reopen after the crisis. For more information, visit their website. 
  • United States Bartender Guild Charity Foundation has applications for monetary assistance to bartenders or spouses of bartenders who have lost wages due to an emergency, like COVID-19. Bartenders do not need to be a member of the guild to apply or receive assistance. For more information, visit their website. 
  • One Fair Wage campaign, a nonprofit created to advocate for restaurant workers, has set up an emergency fund for tipped workers and service workers impacted by the coronavirus. According to the website, the fund is providing cash assistance to restaurant workers, car service drivers, delivery workers, personal service workers and more. Those in need must first fill out a form on the website and then an organizer will reach out to them. For more information, visit their website. 

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