Public Health and Government
Webinar: Understanding State and Federal Assistance Programs for Nonprofits

Iowa nonprofit organizations can learn more about federal and state COVID-19 financial assistance and relief programs during a live webinar on Friday. The Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines and the Iowa Council of Foundations are hosting the free one-hour webinar via Zoom at 2 p.m. Speakers will include Ryan West and Nicholas Olivencia from Iowa Workforce Development, Lynn Gaumer of the Stelter Co., and Angela Reed from Tarbell & Co. PLC. The registration page for the webinar can be found here.

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate
 plans to mail an absentee ballot request form to every active registered voter in the state ahead of the June 2 primary, Pate’s office announced today. The forms will be sent in mid- to late April and will include prepaid postage for return mailing to county auditors. Pate is encouraging Iowans to vote by mail in the primary to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19; there are approximately 2 million active registered voters in the state. Eligible Iowans who have not registered to vote or updated their registration should do so now to ensure the absentee ballot request form goes to the correct address; Iowans who are 17 years old and will be 18 by Nov. 3 may vote for the first time in the June primary. Registration is available online.

The city of Bondurant is closing all playground equipment, shelter houses and recreational facilities to the public, although parks and trails remain open. Team sports and contact play are prohibited. More information is available online.

Business
Grassley provides FAQ on Employee Retention Credit

What businesses qualify for the Employee Retention Credit, and how will those provisions work? The U.S. Senate Finance Committee, which is chaired by Sen. Chuck Grassley, has released a list of frequently asked questions about the Employee Retention Credit that’s part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was signed into law last week by President Donald Trump. The credit will be made available to eligible employers “who were carrying on a trade or business during 2020 and for which the operation of that business is fully or partially suspended due to orders from an appropriate governmental authority limiting commerce, travel or group meetings due to the COVID-19 outbreak.”

Hy-Vee is reserving one hour of Hy-Vee Aisles Online shopping time slots each day for customers who are considered at high-risk from COVID-19, the store announced today. The grocer is also partnering with DoorDash to offer up to 20,000 free deliveries through DoorDash with the designated code “SPECIALDELIVERY.” Starting Thursday, the reserved Aisles Online time slots will be from 7 to 8 a.m. seven days a week, which coincides with the in-store hours reserved for customers who are ages 60 and older, or are expectant mothers, or who have an underlying health condition that makes them susceptible to serious illness. Other customers are asked to reserve this hour online and in-store for high-risk customers. More information is available online.