Fresno, California, and Federal Resources During COVID-19

We hope these resources will help assist in guiding light into our community, businesses, and non-profit organizations who may be experiencing hardships from the pandemic COVID-19. If you, your family, or business needs any assistance or have any questions please email

Centers for Disease Control

World Health Organization

General COVID-19 Resources Translated in Lao, Hmong, Burmese, Korean, Khmer, Vietnamese

Fresno County Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 Updates

City of Fresno Resilience Toolkit

The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act

Fresno Chamber of Commerce 

California State

California Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response 

California Department of Public Health – Monitor updates

California COVID-19 Hospital Data and Case

Dashboards Hospital Data 

Statewide Case Statistics

Guide for Immigrants Californians

California Takes Action to Combat COVID-19 – list of all Governor’s Actions Signed into Order in support of COVID-19.

Federal Benefit Payment 4/2/20

Federal Cost-Share 4/3/20

Restrict water shutoffs to homes and small businesses

Loan guarantees for small businesses (4/2/20)

Allowing small businesses to defer payment of sales and use taxes (4/2/2020)


Department of Social Services

DMV Virtual Office

Federal Government

USA Government Response to COVID-19

USA Benefit Help Center

USA Small Business Administration

CARES Act Summary (From our Friends at LANA)

Resources for Businesses 

“Re-Start”Downtown Fresno Grant

Businesses within the Downtown Fresno PBID area are eligible to apply for up to $2,500 in grant funding to help cover business-related expenses. Expenses include Inventory, rent, utilities, payroll, etc. Restaurants and retail businesses that rely on foot traffic and the Downtown Fresno daytime worker population are highly encouraged to apply. Businesses that have been unable to access funding though SBA loan/grant programs, or City of Fresno grant programs are encouraged to apply. 


  • Must have a physical address within the Downtown Fresno PBID area
  • Grants may be applied retroactively for expenses already incurred by the business (projects may be backdated as far as March 17, 2020 with appropriate documentation)
  • Governmental organizations are ineligible to apply
  • Non-profit organizations are eligible to apply

Learn more and apply for the grant here.

Fresno’s “Helping Underserved Businesses” Grants for Small Businesses

The County of Fresno Supervisors has decided to give 5 million to small businesses. This grant does not require businesses to pay back . This is not a first come first serve, if a lot of businesses apply, then businesses will be selected at random, Lottery to make sure fairness. Monies will be distributed throughout all 7 districts.

Business Requirements:

  • Must have at least existed 2 years
  • Cannot have received any government funding, such as SBA PPP, EIDL.
  • Business must me in good standing
  • Must have an active business tax license
  • No more than 10 employees
  • No current liens
  • No fines
  • No penalties.

Businesses can get up to $5,000 per company. Applications are planned to be open this week and will be accepted for 2 weeks only. Apply early to guarantee the approval of your application and receive funds for your small company.

Click here for more additional information regarding Fresno’s “Helping Underserved Businesses” Grants  

Resources for Families 

Free Grocery Relief Program by Take Care (Bitwise Industries)

California State Library

QUICK ACCESS TO CALIFORNIA K-12 ONLINE CONTENT DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS: Critical support and virtual resources for California educators and students in K-12 grades

Updated live list of educational companies offering free resources

Scholastic Learn at Home is providing lots of free activities you can share with your patrons.

A LibGuide  that pulls a number of resources into one place

Environmental education at home, from the Kentucky Environmental Education Council

Collection of Family & Caregiver Homeschooling Resources from the Washington State Library

Collection of Education Resources for Out-of-School Learning from the North Dakota State Library

The Journal: List of free resources from educational technology companies 

PBS KIDS’ new weekday newsletter with activities and tips

Resources/activities made available for free during COVID19

Resources for Families during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Find live author readings and other streamed storytime events on this calendar

Storyline Online offers books read by celebs which are free to share.  These could be posted on your library social media pages.

The Facebook group Storytime Underground has compiled a  list of authors and what they are offering here. There are also other suggestions on tabs in this document—check it out!  It is being continuously updated.  Joining the group Storytime Underground or the Programming Librarian Interest Group on Facebook is another way to see the latest information being shared.

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