It’s time to rebuild.
Federal Funding – October 15, 2020 - $100 million of CARES Act funding is available for first responders to purchase personal protective equipment and other COVID-19 related supplies. Application deadline is November 13, 2020.
Private Funding – October 15, 2020 - Brave of Heart is providing financial relief to the families of healthcare workers who lost their lives to COVID-19. Two grants are available, one for up to $15,000 to cover immediate expenses, and the second of up to $60,000 to cover expenses for up to six months. Deadline is May 15, 2021.
Private Funding – October 15, 2020 - Economic Hardship Reporting Project (EHRP) is offering assignments for reporters (journalists and photographers) who are themselves experiencing significant economic hardship caused by the pandemic. Reporters get paid about a dollar a word or a $300-$500 day-rate for photojournalists. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis and are subject to approval and available funds. To apply for this grant, please send a brief note of less than 350 words in English or Spanish, explaining your financial situation, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local Funding – October 13, 2020 - $112 million will be available in New Jersey for small businesses and families in need as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. These funds will be spread across the food service industry, micro-businesses, rental assistance programs, and more. This funding supplements CARES Act funding in New Jersey.
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.