Applications are now available for the Supreme Council Pandemic Relief Fund, created to help our lodges manage expenses during this unprecedented time of business closures due to the pandemic virus. Administrators will find the application in their Moose Admin Menus under the Forms tab. The second application period ends at 5:00pm (CST) this Friday, May 15th.
$1,000,000 has been earmarked for the program with lodges having the ability to apply for grants up to $5,000 to cover expenses such as mortgage payments, utility bills, insurance premiums, etc. All lodges are eligible to apply, although there are no guarantees that every lodge will receive a grant. Territory Managers will be reviewing the applications beginning May 1 and will be assessing each lodge’s current ability to manage financial obligations, along with their fraternal history. The first set of grants should be mailed/transmitted to lodges in early-to-mid May.
Two points to note:
1. The requirement that lodges need to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) has been waived for this period. The Small Business Administration is not currently accepting new applications due to lack of funding. On your Pandemic Relief Fund application, you should answer Yes to the question of whether you have applied for the EIDL; and enter Denied for the question regarding the status of your loan request.
2. Additional application periods are earmarked following the first application cut-off date of 5:00pm (CST) on May 1st, as long as funds are still available. Please refer to the Guidelines for the Pandemic Relief Fund for complete information about the program.