The response to the COVID-19 pandemic by Durham and our community has been swift and remarkable. Everyone has been affected. If there is one thing Durham does well it’s help its neighbors. Duke’s Office of Durham and Community Affairs has set up this site as a way to quickly share support activities by partners in our community. It will take creativity, collaboration and perseverance, but together we can overcome this crisis.

The list of ways to help the community is evolving fast. We are sharing information from sources as we receive it and posting by the categories in the menu above. It is not representative of all helpful activities. We are in this together. Please only post helpful and supportive comments.

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Information for Nonprofits Applying for the CARES Act

On Friday, March 27 Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The Small Business Administration’s section of the CARES Act applies to nonprofits, with an allocation of $349 billion dollars to keep workers at small businesses and nonprofits employed amid the economic downturn and the COVID-19 pandemic.

This page provides an overview of the CARES Act loans available to nonprofits, a step-by-step guide to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program, and some clarifications on the loan application itself.