It’s time to rebuild.
Federal Funding – October 21, 2020 – The Senate will take up a $500 billion COVID-19 stimulus package. The bill would fund unemployment benefits, send over $100 billion to schools, and allocate funding for testing and vaccine development. Any stimulus bill remains unlikely to pass prior to the election as Democrats and Republicans remain divided on appropriate levels of funding and key details.
Private Funding – October 20, 2020 – Funded projects must demonstrate that they will show increased physical activity and active transportation in a specific community, work to engage people and organizations new to the efforts of walking and walkability, and demonstrate a culture of inclusive health and design. Projects can show how COVID-19 may alter the organization’s work. Application deadline is November 9th, 2020. Applications can be found and submitted here.
Local Funding – October 19, 2020 – The city of Tucker (GA) has allocated $2.3 million of CARES Act funding to support Tucker’s small businesses. More information and eligibility requirements can be found here.
Local Funding – October 20, 2020 – DeKalb County (IL) COVID-19 Response Grants of up to $5,000 for non-profit organizations are now available through the DeKalb County Community Foundation. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling deadline and, if accepted, processed within five business days of award notification. Applications can be found here.
Local Funding – October 20, 2020 – Wareham (MA) along with the towns of Abington, Avon, Holbrook, Hull, and Rockland are offering relief grants of up to $10,000 to small businesses that have been impacted by the pandemic. The grant program is open only to businesses with five or fewer employees, along with other eligibility restrictions. Applications are due by November 9th, 2020. More information can be found here.
Local Funding – October 21, 2020 – The Napa City Council is establishing a COVID-19 Microenterprise Grant Program to help local businesses recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The program will provide grants of up to $5,000 to eligible small businesses with five or fewer employees. The programs start date has not yet been announced.
Round 2 of Federal aid is still open.
When government dollars are inaccessible, private companies are filling the gap.
Here is the short list.
Hello Alice, through July 16, small businesses affected by COVID can apply for grants up to $10,000. Additional funding up to $50,000 is also available through the general Business For All grant, due September 25.
James Beard Foundation Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund.
Local Initiatives Support Corp and Verizon Wireless have paired up together to offer the Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund. Rounds 1-3 have closed but there has been discussion about additional rounds of funding.
Minority Business Development Agency (MDBA) is “seeking proposals to fund three Enterprising Women of Color businesses.” Act fast - applications are due May 30.
National Association for the Self-Employed Growth Grants business development grants up to $4,000 are available for business people who are self-employed. Funds can be used for a variety of business needs, including marketing, recruiting, and more.
Operation Hope provides opportunities for those in low-wealth communities can access intensive business development and entrepreneurship training, as well as guidance and coaching on pursuing funding options.
Opportunity Fund microloans for underserved small businesses are available, especially for those owned by low- and moderate-income immigrants, people of color, and women.
Restaurant Strong is offering restaurant crew in select states the opportunity to apply for a grant.
Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation (RWCF) provides resources for restaurant owners and workers, including links to dozens of relief funds and assistance opportunities.
Spanx Red Backpack program is offering women-owned businesses, $5,000 grants to eligible applicants. Funding is closed now, but, will reopen June 1-8, 2020.
Supermaker has launched The Entrepreneurial Dream Project to offer grants of up to $100,000 to new business owners who are trying to grow and build their company amid the pandemic, applications are open thru June 15.
Warrior Rising, founded by combat veterans, this nonprofit provides startup funding as well as coaching, mentorship, and a community to veterans and their immediate family members who are starting small businesses.
Amazon is offering grants up to $10,000 to eligible small business. Businesses must have fewer than 50 employees or less than $7 million in annual revenue.
Amber Grant gives $4,000 awards once a month to women-owned small businesses in the US and Canada, with one of the monthly winners earning an additional $25,000 at the end of the year. Apply by sharing your story and what you’d do with the grant money.
Beauty Changes Lives, the CND Creative Nail Design is offering $1,000 one-time financial relief grants to nail professionals who have been affected by COVID.
The Entrepreneurial Dream Project is designed for entrepreneurs and those “keeping the entrepreneurial dream alive amidst global pandemic,” this grant will enable 10 companies will receive mentoring from the acclaimed SuperMaker Network and two companies to earn $50,000 each.
Eileen Fisher, a women’s clothing retailer, awards $100,000 annually to women-owned businesses focused on environmental or social change. Sign up here to be notified when their 2020 Eileen Fisher Women-Owned Business Grant application opens.
Facebook is offering grants totaling 100 Million in collective relief in cash grants or ad credit to eligible applicants.
FedEx, the 2020 grants have already been awarded, but stay vigilant: FedEx awards $250,000 annually to 12 small businesses with no more than 99 employees, and the 2121 application will be open in a few months.
GirlBoss Foundation Grant Entrepreneur Sophia Amoruso gives grants twice per year in the amount of $15,000 each to female-identifying business owners who demonstrate “creativity and innovation, business acumen and planning, and demonstration of a financial need.”
Google is offering a no sign-up or application process. If you have an active Google Ads account, look out for credits to be added soon - this is Google’s way of helping you “alleviate some of the cost of staying in touch” with your client base.