- Monday, May 10: This week, the Treasury Department issued an Interim Final Rule and other materials providing details on the ways the American Rescue Plan’s $350 billion in Fiscal Recovery Funds “can be used to respond to acute pandemic-response needs, fill revenue shortfalls among state and local governments, and support the communities and populations hardest-hit by the COVID-19 crisis.” Some provisions allow the government to provide relief for nonprofit organizations. Forefront is contacting state government leaders to advocate that money from the American Rescue Act must be used to help our sector.
- Monday, April 26: The Illinois House of Representatives has passed the Post-Graduation Scholarship resolution. Led by Forefront and the Alliance of Community Foundations, this resolution recommends Community Foundations offer post-graduation scholarships to distressed communities across the state. This is a step towards combating the student loan crisis and creating equity among underserved areas across Illinois wrestling with low graduation rates, loss of essential workers, and devastating population loss. Thank you to Representative Ryan Spain for helping lead this effort.
- Tuesday, April 13: Governor Pritzker has signed HB-3653 into law, setting into motion a number of reforms targeting the inequities embedded in Illinois’ criminal legal system.
- Tuesday, March 30: President Biden has signed legislation extending the Paycheck Protection Program until May 31. Forefront has championed this legislation and is thrilled that more nonprofits will now have a chance to secure funding.
- Thursday, March 25: Today, a resolution introduced by Representative Ryan Spain and sponsored by Forefront and Illinois community foundations passed the Higher Education Committee with a vote of 10-0-0. This resolution will give Illinois community foundations the backing needed to form post-graduation scholarship programs.
- Thursday, March 25: Today, the Senate voted to extend the Payroll Protection Program. President Biden is expected to sign legislation extending the program until May 31.
- Tuesday, March 9: The American Rescue Act is scheduled to be signed by the President later this week. This $1.9 trillion comprehensive relief package is designed to help state and local governments, unemployment insurance, those behind on rent and mortgage, and nonprofits and businesses negatively impacted. Read a summary of the bill.
- Tuesday, February 23: On Monday, President Biden announced a two-week period in which the Small Business Administration will only process Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans for employers with fewer than 20 employees and those that are minority-owned. The priority period will run from February 24 through March 9. Read this fact sheet from the Biden administration.
- Thursday, February 11: Last night, the House Small Business Committee approved a $50 billion relief package that allows nonprofits with more than 500 employees and operating in more than one location to secure PPP forgivable loans. The package also removes the nonprofit affiliation rule included in the CARES Act. The bill now goes to the House Budget Committee to be included in a comprehensive aid package that is expected to go to a vote on February 22. View the news release, view the full bill, and access a section-by-section bill summary.
- Monday, January 25: A coalition of nonprofit organizations sent an initial letter to federal leaders urging Congress and the President to enact a package of solutions tailored to the needs and realities of nonprofits serving the public good. Learn more and sign on.
- Friday, January 8: The Small Business Administration’s newest news release offers new guidance for the Paycheck Protection Program, which will re-open the week of January 11.
- Thursday, January 7: The Small Business Administration released additional PPP guidance on Wednesday, January 6, interpreting provisions of the new COVID relief law:
- Monday, December 21: Leaders in both chambers of Congress have reached an agreement over a new stimulus bill to help support millions of Americans as they continue to struggle with the impact of COVID-19 on their health, livelihood, and community. Read a summary of the key issues addressed by the new bill.
For updates dating back to March 2020, view our complete COVID-19 policy timeline.
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