The Shoshone, Benewah and Kootenai Counties Small Business Recovery Fund provides microgrants to small businesses with zero to five employees (including owners) in Shoshone, Benewah and Kootenai Counties who did not qualify for, would not benefit from, or missed the opportunity to receive Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), Paycheck Protection Program Funding (PPP), the Idaho Rebound Grant, or other state funding). The funds will cover limited expenses such as rent/mortgage and utilities. Grant amounts are up to $1,000. Funds are available on a limited basis. Submitting this application is not a guarantee of assistance. For your privacy, information collected will remain confidential, used only to meet federal and state record keeping requirements and withheld as applicable from disclosure. Applications open beginning August 15 with first distribution on August 30, 2020.Applications will be processed on a first come first serve basis, if you do not hear from the committee within 72 hours, please contact us for confirmation of receipt. Due to limited amount of funds, if you are awarded you must respond within 72 hours with appropriate documentation, if there is a failure to respond funds will be granted to next applicant.

PROGRAM DETAILS Eligibility:

• Must be a business in Shoshone, Benewah or Kootenai county with zero to five employees (including owners) who did not qualify for or missed the opportunity to receive EIDL, PPP, Idaho Rebound Grant or other state grants.

• Understand that funds will be sent directly to vendor and utility service provider.

• Must be in good standing with city and state and the Coeur d’Alene Tribe

• Business must be registered with state or Coeur d’ Alene Tribe and provide Tax Identification Number. Restrictions:

• Your business is not eligible if:

• If your business has 6 or more employees.

• Business has already received a Microgrant from Shoshone, Benewah and Kootenai County Small

Business Recovery fund Funding Distribution: Accepting application beginning August 15 with first distribution on August 30, 2020. Applications will be processed on a first come first serve basis, if you do not hear from the committee within 72 hours, please contact us for confirmation of receipt. Due to limited amount of funds, if you are awarded you must respond within 72 hours with appropriate documentation, if there is a failure to respond funds will be granted to next applicant. The Maximum award amount is $1,000.

Due to COVID-19, we have a massive educational challenge looming. Remote learning is the next normal. Help close the digital divide before school begins this fall.

Today is Idaho Close the Divide day.

You can help by donating your spare computers.

Local donations can be made at Mend Your Computer Services 832 Main Ave., Suite B St. Maries, ID 83861. Contact: Joseph Doherty 208-245-0573. Email: help@mycstech.com.

Click the link below to find locations around the state.

http://www.idahobe.org/close

As the Memorial Day weekend nears, the USDA Forest Service suggests exploration of dispersed recreation opportunities on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests, encouraging forest visitors   who want to get into the great outdoors, to be aware of limited campground availability on the forest.

Since March, developed campgrounds and other recreation sites on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests (IPNF) have been temporarily closed for public safety. The sites are tentatively scheduled to start opening May 30 upon entry into Stage 3 of Idaho Governor Brad Little’s Idaho Rebounds Strategy. Dispersed camping, hiking, trail use, and other dispersed activities are encouraged across the National Forests. Memorial Day Weekend visitors should prepare for limited or no services, such as restroom facilities and garbage collection (pack it in pack it out).

The Forest Service is working closely with concessionaires that operate many of the campgrounds and day use sites to ensure compliance with applicable state and federal COVID-19 guidelines and prepare sites after the winter closures to ensure a safe experience. Many campgrounds have experienced extensive wind and hazard tree damage over the winter and repair is ongoing or will begin soon as seasonal staff on-boards. Public and employee safety is a top priority. The Forest Service asks visitors to avoid developed campgrounds so staff can work as quickly as possible to open many sites by the end of May.

Nationwide, most of your national forests and grasslands remain open for you to enjoy, and we look forward to the day when all locations can safely reopen. The Forest Service is making every effort to expand access while following CDC guidance and state and local government orders to protect people and employees. Most of the Idaho Panhandle National Forests trails, trailheads, day-use sites and boat ramps remain open. For the most up to date information on closures and when campgrounds are scheduled to open, please visit our website at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/ipnf/

Some maintenance services are limited at this time, so we ask everyone to practice Leave No Trace etiquette and adhere to CDC guidelines:

§  Prepare for limited or no services, such as restroom facilities and garbage collection (pack it in pack it out)

§  Bears are emerging so remember to store food properly and carry bear spray

§  Avoid gathering with others in parking lots, trails, scenic overlooks and other areas

§  To prevent illnesses like COVID-19 wash hands often, stick to group sizes of 10 or less, and practice social distancing.

§  Please remember to review current recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention along with local and state guidelines for social distancing and cloth face coverings.

The White House is highlighting Idaho as a leader among states for our plans to safely and responsibly reopen the economy and for how we are allocating federal relief funds.

“In recent media events and during meetings with state leaders, President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and White House officials have called out Idaho as an example for other states to follow in our staged approach to reopening, how we are prioritizing direct assistance to small businesses in our use of federal relief funds, and our level of transparency in reporting use of the funds,” Governor Little said.

“We are encouraged to see so many states embracing the phased approach to reopening their economies that’s contemplated in our guidelines for Opening Up America Again. Governor Brad Little of Idaho released ‘Rebound Idaho’…that will consist of four phases and require specific criteria that Idaho and businesses need to meet to begin to reopen,” Vice President Mike Pence said recently.

Governor Little approved his Coronavirus Financial Advisory Committee’s recommendations for allocation of funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The full breakdown is available at https://coronavirus.idaho.gov/coronavirus-financial-advisory-committee/.

Two-thirds of the federal funds that have been allocated so far in Idaho – more than $300 million – will go directly to small business in the form of cash grants and cash for personal protective equipment to support workers and customers. No other state is putting up more money to directly support small business.

The majority of the remaining amount has been allocated to local governments and tribal governments throughout Idaho.

Idaho received $1.25 billion in April as part of the CARES Act. Approximately 36-percent of the funds have been allocated so far, and the rest remains in a state account to cover any extraordinary and unanticipated expenses that may arise.

All expenditures of the CARES Act funds will be made available at Transparent.Idaho.Gov, State Controller Brandon Woolf’s web site that shows Idaho citizens how taxpayer dollars are being spent.

“Our priority is to directly support small businesses as much as possible as we prudently and judiciously expend these taxpayer dollars. I want to thank President Trump, our congressional delegation, and our champion of transparency State Controller Brandon Woolf, for their support,” Governor Little said.

Small businesses can begin applying for the Idaho Rebound cash grants today. Information on how to apply is at https://rebound.idaho.gov/idaho-rebound-cash-grants-for-small-businesses/.

Governor Brad Little announced today the full eligibility criteria and process for small businesses to apply for an Idaho Rebound cash grant.

Governor Little announced last week that $300 million in cash grants will be made available to Idaho small businesses impacted by COVID-19.

No other state in the country is putting up more money in direct cash support for small businesses.

Cash grants of up to $10,000 will be directly deposited into the bank accounts for eligible businesses. More than 30,000 businesses could benefit.

The Governor’s Coronavirus Financial Advisory Committee finalized the eligibility criteria and related details.

Applications will be handled in two waves:

  • Eligible entities with one to 19 employees may apply starting at noon MDT on May 11 through noon MDT on May 15
  • Eligible entities with one to 50 employees may apply starting at noon MDT on May 18 through noon MDT on May 22

All applicants must first establish a secure Taxpayer Access Point (TAP) account if they do not already have one, in order to protect their personal and business information on submitted applications.

All eligibility criteria, information on how to apply along with instructions on how to gain a TAP account are available at https://rebound.idaho.gov/idaho-rebound-cash-grants-for-small-businesses/

Recipients of the grants will be shared at Transparent.Idaho.Gov when information is available.