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Senator Mitch McConnell unveils coronavirus response portal to assist Kyians during pandemic


U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced Monday the creation of a Coronavirus Response Portal on his website to help Kentuckians who may have questions related to how the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act will help their families, organizations, small businesses, and communities take advantage of the provisions in the legislation.

The portal can be accessed by Kentucky families and small businesses owners who may have questions related to unemployment insurance, low-interest federal loans, federal taxes and relief checks, federal grants, and assistance for Kentuckians traveling or living abroad.

The Coronavirus Response Portal link: www.mcconnell.senate.gov

Kentucky Workers

Have you recently been laid off and need to file for unemployment insurance?

Kentucky Employers and Small Businesses

Need help to make payroll or to keep the lights on?

  • The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations  www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance
  • The IRS is extending payroll tax credits to eligible small and midsize businesses www.irs.gov

Questions about unemployment benefits?

Federal Taxes and Rebate Checks

Questions about how Coronavirus affects your federal incomes taxes?

Competitive Federal Grants

How will this affect federal grant applications and awards?

  • Check the awarding agency website for announcements and reach out to the agency regarding extensions and other inquires
  • For example, NIH will be accepting late applications for grants due between March 9, 2020 and May 1, 2020 grants.nih.gov
  • Visit Senator McConnell’s grants website to request support for your competitive federal grant application www.mcconnell.senate.gov/grants

Kentucky Education

What resources are available to help students, graduates and schoolsrespond to the Coronavirus?

Kentuckians Living or Traveling Abroad

Need individual assistance?

  • Contact Senator McConnell’s casework staff at (502) 582-6304
  • Are you abroad and need assistance from the U.S. State Department?
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) step.state.gov
  • Contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate, or call 1-888-407-4747 (U.S. & Canada) or 1- 202-501-4444 (from overseas) travel.state.gov/covid-19-information

Thinking about international travel?

Thinking about traveling in the U.S.?

  • The CDC has issued guidance to consider before domestic travel www.cdc.gov

Kentucky Volunteers are Part of the Solution

Looking to help your neighbors during the Coronavirus crisis?

  • Kentucky Emergency Management is seeking companies to sell or produce personal protective equipment (PPE). Fill out this form if you can help survey123.arcgis.com.
  • If you would like to donate, sell, or produce medical supplies and other goods for the federal government visit www.fema.gov/how-to-help
  • Kentuckians looking for volunteer opportunities and ideas can also visit /www.usa.gov/volunteer

From U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell


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