Funds/Financial Support

Sources for Financial Support

Bartenders employed for not less than one year prior on a regular full- or part-time basis may apply for emergency funding through USBG National Charity Foundation.

The current COVID-19 crisis has been a game changer for small businesses. To ensure Business for All, Hello Alice with the support of Verizon, Silicon Valley Bank, Ebay, and others is offering $10,000 emergency grants, being distributed immediately to small business owners impacted by this pandemic. If your business has been severely impacted by COVID-19, please complete the full COVID19 Business for All Grant application to apply for immediate support in the form of $10,000 grants.

The HealthWell Foundation is offering assistance through their COVID-19 Ancillary Fund.

If you or family member has a positive diagnosis, are a member of a high risk group, live where the virus is prevalent, have had a physician or health care provider recommend quarantine, or fall within 500% of the Federal Poverty Level, you qualify.

This fund will cover delivered food or medications, diagnostics, telehealth and transportation costs. Due to limited staffing, they are only using the hotline at this time at 800-675-8416.

This loan advance will provide up to $10,000 of economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties.

The Empolyer Tax Credit is designed to encourage businesses to keep their employees on payroll. For more information, see this pdf. 

New York Foundation for the Arts often receives calls from artists requesting information on emergency grants to serve financial need or an emergency such as bereavement or illness. A page on their site is regularly updated with links to various sources for funding.

We’re providing cash assistance to restaurant workers, car service drivers, delivery workers, personal service workers and more who need the money they aren’t getting to survive. To apply click here. 

You may be eligible for additional leave under NYS Paid Family Leave and disability benefits.  Click: https://paidfamilyleave.ny.gov/COVID19

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000. This advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available following a successful application. This loan advance will not have to be repaid. For more information, click here.

Social Security offices continue to provide service by phone.  Phone numbers are published online at www.ssa.gov.  Just scroll down to Contact Us, select Office Locator, and enter your ZIP Code, and select Locate.  The office address, and our national toll-free number will appear first, but if you scroll down to Additional Information, the local office’s direct toll-free number is listed.

This fund drive will help the hourly, low-wage workers in our community who have been laid off, fired, or given reduced hours as a result of COVID-19. We do not make cash payments, but pay vendors (i.e. utility company, landlord, insurance company, phone company, etc.). A $750 cap applies. Call 845-331-4199 for information.

Relief Programs

Central Hudson is temporarily suspending service disconnections to lessen any hardship the COVID-19 pandemic may have on customers.

Filing deadline and payment due date have been extended to July 15, 2020.

If you have not filed yet – you can take advantage of several FREE tax filing services. Check the IRS’s site  or the new MyFreeTaxes offered by H&R Block & the United Way.

On March 27, Congress passed a bill that will provide $1200 to every adult who filed a tax return in 2019 or 2018, and/or any adult who currently receives payments from the Social Security Administration (SS, SSI, or SSDI).  In addition, a household will receive $500 for any child under the age of 16 who is claimed as a dependent. These payments will automatically be received via check or direct deposit, if bank information is on file with either the IRS or the SSA. These payments are estimated to be received by mid to late April, 2020.

If you have not yet filed a federal tax return, and earned less than $69,000, you should file as soon as possible on-line at https://www.irs.gov/filing/free-file-do-your-federal-taxes-for-free.  For any questions you may have, contact the IRS Taxpayer Advocate at 1-877-777-4778 or visit https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus. As of May 18, Internal Revenue Service added 3,500 telephone representatives to answer some of the most common questions about Economic Impact Payments.

To check on status of economic stimulus payment, click here.

The Governor announced that for a 90 day period, consumers experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 may defer paying life insurance premiums. No late fees will be assessed and no negative data will be reported to credit bureaus during this time, and late payments will be payable over a one-year period. 

For a 60 day period, consumers and small businesses experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 may defer paying premiums for property and casualty insurance, including auto, homeowners, renters, workers comp, medical malpractice, livery and taxi. No late fees will be assessed and no negative data will be reported to credit bureaus during this time, and late payments will be payable over a one-year period.

As of May 18, the Treasury and the IRS are starting to send nearly 4 million Economic Impact Payments (EIPs) to those who have not received their original payments yet by prepaid debit card, instead of by paper check. EIP Card can be used to make purchases, get cash from in-network ATMs, and transfer funds to your personal bank account without fees. It can be used online, at ATMs, or at any retail location where Visa is accepted.

The Treasury-sponsored EIP Card is another method to provide money efficiently and securely to eligible recipients and their families who are qualified and are without bank information on file with the IRS, They must have a tax return that was processed by either the Andover or Austin IRS Service Center.

Read more about Economic Impact Payments.

Read more about the Economic Impact Payment Card.

Per Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order:
No evictions or foreclosures for at least 90 days. Courts are not accepting eviction or foreclosure filings until further notice.

Additionally, in Ulster County, there is a new program available for low income renters who have experienced a loss of income due to COVID-19. It will provide emergency rental assistance payment(s) for up to three (3) months for a maximum of $3,000. Applications will be available June 2 and will be accepted through June 12, at which point a lottery will be used to select recipients from all applications received. Apply online. 

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses. Click for more info

Ulster County COVID-19 Hotline

Staffed 24/7 for answers to questions on issues related to the coronavirus.
Ulster County Hotline:
845-443-8888
Ulster County Online Chat Tool:
(for Covid-19 questions and concerns)
NYS Hotline: 888-364-3065

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Additional HOTLINE support:
Family of Woodstock crisis phone line: 845-338-2370 (24 hr.)
New York State Crisis text line: Text 741-741 (24 hr.)
Textmeback.org: Text and Chat line: 845-679-2485
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273- 8255 (24 hr.)