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Updated: November 19, 2020 at 10:46 a.m.


Rowan County will be entering into Plan B of the proposed reopening plans for Rowan-Salisbury Schools on 8/17/20. Governor Cooper has announced that K-5 schools can move into Plan A. In an effort to aid the business community in making necessary preparations for the new school year, a list of compiled resources and programs for childcare and free meals are below.

Y Academy:

In conjunction with local community partners, the Rowan-Cabarrus YMCA wants to ensure that your child, and all children in our neighborhoods, have access to the resources they need to continue their educational growth in a safe, supervised environment.

The Y Academy will be held at our YMCA facilities.  Participants will be given assistance with connecting with their school online, as well as in-person help with their schoolwork. The program will run all day, Monday-Friday.  Packages are available based on how many days per week care is needed. 

Triple Threat Performing Arts Academy

Triple Threat Virtual Academy is a safe place for students to receive academic assistance with their virtual learning and will have additional academic opportunities offline.  The academy provides a comfortable learning environment that is socially distanced throughout the day, and follows CDC safety and cleaning guidelines for the safety of our students. Their coordinators will monitor zoom school lessons as well as implement primary grade lessons expected from virtual teachers, assist with completing school assignments, and coordinators will serve as a liaison between our students' teachers and parents. Their coordinators also will spend time during the day to tutor children who need additional assistance. For more information, please watch this video or contact them at

Free Meals:

  • A USDA waiver is in place until 12/31/2020 for all Rowan-Salisbury School students to receive free meals. RSS’s plan is to feed the students that are in the buildings on the assigned days.  At the end of the second day, they will send shelf stable meals home with students for the three days of virtual learning.

  • Food For Thought (Rowan Helping Ministries) will be doing the “backpack program” for families that apply.


For Parents Seeking Child Care:

General regional childcare search number: 704-348-2181
COVID-19 childcare search number for critical care/essential workers: 1-800-600-1685.


Jamie Guagliano (Early Education Program Lead):
704-603 3351 or
(Assistance with all childcare related questions, including questions about how to onboard a new onsite childcare facility at an employer’s facility, plant, workplace, etc.)

Shurna Rabsatt (Family Support Program Lead):
704-603-3353 or
Assistance with referring families who may be in need of family support programs, which are all free at Smart Start Rowan. They offer one-one-one family support for families, as well as group parent education classes. They also offer early learning playgroups for children and their caregivers.



COVID-19 brought dramatic change to our community in a very short time. Rowan County Tourism, Rowan EDC and the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce have come together to provide guidance and resources for our businesses and workforce. Key programs and information are compiled and updated regularly to support the economic
health and recovery of Rowan County.

North Carolina is in Safer At Home Phase 3 of lifting COVID-19 restrictions as of October 2. People are also required, with some exceptions, to wear face coverings while in public when physical distancing of 6 feet is not possible.

The Chamber of Commerce, EDC and Tourism have pulled best practices for critical business resources 1) Businesses Re-Entry and Workplace Considerations,  2) Best Practices for Retail, 3) Best Practices for Food and Beverage Businesses and 4) A FDA Best Practices Summary Chart.  These can be found and shared directly at
Rowan Reopening and Operating Best Practices. 

For health related questions please visit Rowan County Health Department's COVID-19 updates page, to contact local officials, please send questions to




  • Lowe’s Home Improvement Grants for Minority and Women Owned Businesses: Lowe’s Home Improvement is reopening their Lowe's LISC Partnership grant application. Their $55 million fund will seek to provide additional relief to minority-owned and women-owned businesses. The donations will fuel emergency grants in historically under-served communities as well as other assistance to help owners navigate business challenges during the pandemic. More information and the application can be found here.

  • Chambers of Commerce and NewDay have partnered to bring small businesses reliable access to high quality PPE with on-time delivery.  Members receive 10% off already low prices for masks, gloves, sanitizer, wipes and more when you use coupon code: "Rowan Chamber"

  • Carolina's Match

  • Rowan County COVID-19 Testing: Free COVID-19 testing is offered at the West End Plaza and the Rowan County Health Department. For additional Rowan County testing sites, click here

  • The Rowan County EDC  launched Rowan County ZoomBusiness, an online tool from GIS Planning that enables local businesses across the region to communicate with customers for free in real time. It ensures customers can find open restaurants, stores, and services in Rowan County at no charge. To learn more click here.

  • Rowan Reopening and Operating Best Practices

  • The Golden LEAF Foundation launched the NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Loan Program. Businesses are eligible for bridge loans of up to $50,000 with six months of no interest and no payments. These loans are intended to support businesses until they are able to secure an SBA loan or other long-term assistance. 

  • Kiva: community-based lending and funding for entrepreneurs at 0% interest

  • Thread Capital (NC Rural Center) 

  • Carolina Small Business Development Fund

  • NC Community Development Initiative

General Resources and Information for Businesses:


Governor Cooper Announces $175 Million to Assist with Rental & Utility Payments

The plan includes three programs designed to work together to help people avoid eviction and pay their bills:

Eviction Prevention and Utility Payments: Approximately $94 million of the funding will be disbursed by the North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency (NCORR) to support rental and utility payments and prevent evictions for those with a demonstrated need. The funding will be distributed to eligible community agencies around the state that will work directly with North Carolinians on an application and disbursement process. Information about how to apply will be shared once the programs have launched in the coming weeks.

Crisis Response and Housing Stability: About $53 million of the funding is designated for the Emergency Solutions Grant-Coronavirus (ESG-CV) Program through the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS). The federal ESG-CV money is intended for families experiencing homelessness or who face a more immediate risk of homelessness and will be distributed by similar community agencies handling NCORR’s program. Once a person applies, local community agencies will determine which program they are eligible for and then complete the application quickly. Information about how to apply will be shared once the programs have launched in the coming weeks.

Local Government Funds: Another $28 million of federal funding will be administered by local governments through the North Carolina Department of Commerce. This money also comes from the federal CDBG-CV program and will be administered by incorporated municipalities under 50,000 residents and counties under 200,000 residents that apply to participate. Local governments are encouraged to prioritize the money locally to help their residents pay rent and outstanding utility bills. In addition, the funds may provide support for internet access, food distribution, COVID-19 testing and diagnosis and employment training for health care workers. Eligible local governments who would like to apply for the Commerce CDBG-CV program can click here to learn more.


If you find yourself without a place to stay, local resources exist through: Rowan Helping Ministries (704) 637-6838


Unemployment Information

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), approved the State of North Carolina's participation in the Lost Wages Assistance Program, a program to provide supplemental payments to people unemployed due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic which is scheduled to provide an additional $300 in benefits. 

Governor Cooper also signed an Executive Order allowing furloughed workers whose employer provided a severance or a furlough payment the ability receive unemployment assistance.

After you file your claim, your last employer has 10 days to respond to DES. Your claim may be 'pending,' and no payments will be released during the 10 days. Over 1,000,000 citizens have applied for unemployment. Time from application submission to receipt of funds for the displaced worker is 3 to 4 weeks.

Open Positions

Rowan County Jobs

COVID-19 NC Resources via Rowan County United Way

  • Dial 211 or call 888-892-1162 24/7


An extensive number of economic programs were released through the CARES Act, understanding which is best for an organization, business, non-profit and local government can be complex. Assembled are useful documents to help you learn and understand what it means, what can and can't be done and what is best for your organization.

  • PPP Loan Forgiveness: The Treasury Department and the Small Business Administration (SBA) have released a 3-page EZ form to get all or a portion of a company's loans forgiven. Companies who received a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan to help get through the pandemic have a streamlined way of applying for loan forgiveness if they can show they did not reduce employees' pay by more than 25% or cut any of their hours. The EZ form also applies to loan recipients who are self-employed and have no employees. Read more about here.            

  • SBA Economic Injury Loans: SBA is accepting applications for EIDL for small businesses and non profits. For more information click here.

  • David Post, local attorney and accountant: Free assistance for Rowan County small businesses applying for federal disaster assistance   704-267-7000​

  • Kathryn Setzer, local attorney: Assistance for Rowan County small business applying for SBA or PPP loans


  • The Rowan County Board of Commissioners approved a grant program that will distribute $350,000 to small businesses by the end of 2020. Grants will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible businesses. Applicants will need to fill out a grant request application; a statement describing how COVID-19 adversely impacted the business, including dates and times the business was closed; most recent tax returns; and a payroll, including IRS form 941 or equivalent. If a business is unable to provide tax returns or the 941 form, it must provide a written explanation as to why not. To be eligible, a business must be a for-profit venture with a brick-and-mortar address in Rowan County and must not have more than 25 full-time employees. Franchises are only eligible if the franchisor is independent and locally owned. The businesses must have been operating since March 1, 2019. Businesses that have between one to 5 full-time employees or are a sole proprietor will be eligible to receive $3,500. Businesses with six to 25 employees will be eligible to receive $5,000. Businesses also must prove that they had to close for at least two weeks. The application will be available at beginning on November 23 at 12 noon. The application will close on December 4 at 5 p.m. Funds will be mailed on December 18. For more information, please see the Salisbury Post or Rowan County's website.

  • Rowan Helping Ministries Operations Summary

  • To learn more about how Rowan County's commerce, tourism and economic leaders are preparing for COVID-19's impact on our community, please click here.

  • Local survey indicates most businesses impacted quickly by COVID-19

  • Rowan County: The Rowan County Public Health  created a page with key information and updates as well as a phone number and email to ask questions:  980.432.1800

  • Novant Health Rowan Medical Center: have virus questions answered by a nurse 1-877-9 NOVANT

  • Rowan County Tourism: Rowan County Tourism has information regarding the local Tourism Travel Advisory & Event Information

  • Rowan County United Way has established a COVID-19 Relief Fund to assist locals impacted by the Coronavirus outbreak. 

  • Rowan County has declared a State of Emergency 

General Information: