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The Best Resources for Financial Help Post-COVID-19

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Summer is now in its third month, and instead of the post-pandemic utopia that was promised, fall is now approaching with the Delta variant on a collision course with millions of intentionally unvaccinated Americans. 

Needless to say, it’s not over yet. 

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That’s bad news for the masses who have been struggling all along, but who are now facing a future without stimulus checks, eviction protection, expanded unemployment benefits and other federal COVID-19-relief programs that have already run out or soon will. The good news is, both individuals and business owners have plenty of options remaining. There are still several federal programs that are offering financial aid and other assistance, as are similar programs from state governments, nonprofits and private-sector businesses. 

Government Resources For Individuals and Business Owners

Many of the biggest federal assistance programs have expired, but there are still plenty of ways for both individuals and business owners to secure financial assistance and other help designed specifically for pandemic relief. The following is a list of federal resources and initiatives, but sites like Candid Learning and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce maintain long lists of state-by-state government programs.

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Private and Nonprofit Resources for Business Owners

If you’re a small business owner who is having trouble staying afloat because of the lingering effects of the virus, these private-sector and nonprofit organizations offer programs that could help you see it through. 

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Private and Nonprofit Resources For Individuals

Even if you don’t own a business, you can apply for grants and other awards that can provide financial relief. 

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Last updated: Aug. 5, 2021