The latest on federal relief for small businesses

As federal relief programs wind down, we break down the current programs still available for small businesses impacted by the pandemic.

COVID-19 Loans & Grants

As developments continue to unfold in response to the spread of COVID-19, we know many small businesses have questions about implications in the workplace and funding options to help bolster their businesses during this difficult time. We are compiling relevant tips and resources and information on new funding opportunities and policy developments that we are sharing on our website and through online presentations. We will be posting daily updates to this page with useful information about the ways small businesses can prepare for the impact of COVID-19 on their business and community.

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State loan/grant programs
California

California’s Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBank)

California Rebuilding Fund

  • Loan program to support California’s small businesses
  • Businesses eligible if they employed 50 or fewer employees (FTEs) and had gross revenues of less than $2.5 million or below in 2019 
  • Loans will need to be paid back over a 3- or 5-year term with a fixed annual interest rate that is currently 4.25%.

Area served: California
Audience: Small Business Owners

Application deadline: Open, no end date posted
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Local government loan/grant programs
California

California Office of the Small Business Advocate

California Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant Program

The California Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant Program is funded by the State of California and administered by the Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA). The program provides competitive micro grants of $2,500 to eligible microbusinesses impacted by COVID-19 and the related health and safety restrictions. This program will be implemented by County organizations or nonprofits working on their behalf.

For application details and updates specific to the program available in your county, please contact the organizations listed. Applications start February 14.

Area served: California
Audience: Small Business Owners, Self-employed

Application deadline: Open, no end date posted
Corporate loan/grant programs
Maryland

BGE

BGE Energizing Small Business Grant

Applicants must be an existing BGE electric and/or gas customer with positive BGE credit history. Other eligibility criteria include:

  • For-profit business founded in 2020 or prior
  • In good standing (or on the way to) with the State of Maryland
  • A maximum of twenty-five (25) employees
  • Annual gross revenues in 2021 of less than $7 million USD
  • Demonstrated need for funding to support business and serve customers

Area served: Maryland
Audience: Small Business Owners

Application deadline: Friday, August 26, 2022
Local government loan/grant programs
California

Sacramento County

Small Business & Nonprofit Grant

The Program will provide $7.5 million in grants to eligible small business and nonprofit organizations. Eligible applicants may qualify for grants of $10,000 each in one-time direct financial assistance. This is a grant program, not a loan, so funds will not need to be paid back.

Area served: California
Audience: Small Business Owners

Application deadline: Wednesday, August 31, 2022
Corporate loan/grant programs
California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Texas

SIA Scotch, Hello Alice

Entrepreneurial Spirit Fund

Eleven recipients will each receive a $10,000 grant plus mentorship with Carin Luna-Ostaseski, the founder of SIA Scotch Whisky and a first-generation Cuban American who overcame a myriad of challenges during her entrepreneurship journey. Apply and share how a grant would grow your business and help you achieve the unexpected.

Area served: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Texas
Audience: Small Business Owners

Application deadline: Monday, September 26, 2022
Local government loan/grant programs
California

National LBWA Inland Empire

California Dream Fund

El programa Emerging Latina brinda capacitación empresarial para dueños de negocios que buscan aprender cómo iniciar un nuevo negocio o hacer crecer uno existente. Este es un programa interactivo con discusión grupal, oradores expertos y resolución de problemas. Los empresarios que cumplan con todos los criterios de elegibilidad y completen un programa de capacitación para el desarrollo de pequeñas empresas proporcionado por la red OCIE SBDC podrán calificar para tener la oportunidad de solicitar un subsidio único de hasta $10,000.

Area served: California
Audience: Small Business Owners

Application deadline: Thursday, September 29, 2022
State loan/grant programs
Colorado

Growing Forward

New Provider Success Grant

Child care providers who became licensed or CCCAP qualified exempt after March 11, 2021 are eligible to apply for the New Provider Success Grant.

Area served: Colorado
Audience: Small Business Owners, Self-employed

Application deadline: Friday, September 30, 2022
State loan/grant programs
Colorado

Growing Forward

Child Care Stabilization and Workforce Sustainability Grants

The Child Care Stabilization and Workforce Sustainability grants can be used for operational expenses and to help programs to pass along financial relief to families. Grant funds can also be used to support the recruitment of new qualified staff and retention of current staff.

Area served: Colorado
Audience: Small Business Owners, Self-employed

Application deadline: Friday, September 30, 2022
Corporate loan/grant programs
Iowa, Nebraska

Fiserv

Fiserv Back2Business Grant

Fiserv + Clover in partnership with AEO have opened the Nebraska and Iowa grant cycle in Fiserv's Back2Business grant program. Fiserv will award grants in the amount of $10,000 to Black- or minority-owned businesses. 

Area served: Iowa, Nebraska
Audience: Small Business Owners

Application deadline: Saturday, December 31, 2022
Local government loan/grant programs
Colorado

Morgan County EDC

Reopen Safe, Reopen Strong grant program

The Reopen Safe, Reopen Strong grant program is intended to assist businesses that have been negatively impacted by COVID19. Funds for the grant program were provided by the Coronavirus Relief Fund as part of the CARES Act.

Area served: Colorado
Audience: Small Business Owners

Application deadline: Open, no end date posted

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National Resources

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Government loan/grant programs
National

Small Business Administration (SBA)

Service-Disabled Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program

The Service-Disabled Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program will award funding that can be used to market, deliver, and scale existing service-disabled veteran entrepreneurs' training programs for veterans, service-disabled veterans, and Reserve component members who intend to start new businesses or expand existing small businesses. To complete and submit an application, visit www.grants.gov and search SB-OVSD-22-001.

Audience: Small Business Owners

Application deadline: Thursday, August 18, 2022
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Government loan/grant programs
National

U.S. Department of the Treasury

State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds

The Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds provide a substantial infusion of resources to help turn the tide on the pandemic, address its economic fallout, and lay the foundation for a strong and equitable recovery.

Audience: Small Business Owners

Application deadline: Open, no end date posted
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Corporate loan/grant programs
National

Verizon

Verizon Small Business Digital Ready grant

The newly-launched Verizon Small Business Digital Ready program provides you a personalized curriculum including learning modules, expert coaching, networking opportunities, and more. Members are also eligible to apply for a $10,000 grant to help small businesses like yours move forward. 

Audience: Small Business Owners, Self-employed

Application deadline: Open, no end date posted
Corporate loan/grant programs
National

Venmo

Small Business Grant

Apply for the Venmo Small Business Grant for a chance to land direct funding to grow your business.


Audience: Small Business Owners

Application deadline: Thursday, August 11, 2022
Corporate loan/grant programs
National

Pepper

Startup Grant for Black Women

The Pepper Startup Grant is specifically for Black women business owners, a dynamic group that has been systematically disenfranchised when seeking to acquire the necessary venture capital funding to expand their businesses. One recipient will receive a zero strings attached $5,000 financial grant and mentorship calls with the founders of Pepper; dedicated promotion on Pepper’s social media accounts; and access to consultations with experts in legal, fundraising, finance, marketing, website, and relevant fields as needed, to address your specific needs.

Audience: Small Business Owners

Application deadline: Friday, August 26, 2022
Corporate loan/grant programs
National

DoorDash, Hello Alice, Global Entrepreneurship Network

Restaurant Disaster Relief Fund

The Restaurant Disaster Relief Fund supports restaurants impacted by natural disasters like fires, winter storms, floods, and hurricanes and provides relief through $10,000 grants. If you’ve been affected by a natural disaster, including the Montana severe storms and flooding, Arizona Pipeline Fire, Kansas severe winter storms and straight-line winds, don’t wait — apply before the deadline on September 30 at 6 PM ET.

Audience: Small Business Owners

Application deadline: Friday, September 30, 2022
Nonprofit loan/grant programs
National

Fearless Fund

Fearless Strivers Grant Contest

Black women-owned businesses are vital to our economy yet receive less than one percent of venture capital funding. Fearless Fund is deepening its commitment to this community with the launch of the contest.

With Mastercard prizing, Fearless Fund will be awarding eleven lucky small businesses across the country $10,000 grants, digital tools to help them get and sustain their business online, and Priceless one-on-one mentorship so they can continue to bolster their business.

Audience: Small Business Owners

Application deadline: Saturday, December 31, 2022
Government loan/grant programs
National

Early Childhood Training and Technical Assistance System

State and Territory Child Care Stabilization Grant Applications

States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico will award subgrants to eligible child care providers. The child care stabilization subgrants will provide financial relief to child care providers to help defray unexpected business costs associated with the pandemic, and to help stabilize their operations so that they may continue to provide care.

Audience: Small Business Owners, Self-employed

Application deadline: Open, no end date posted
Nonprofit loan/grant programs
National

Community Foundation Public Awareness Initiative

Coronavirus Relief Efforts

325 U.S. community foundations in all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, have created relief funds to support those affected by COVID-19, directing critical relief to local nonprofits and partnering with local governments and health organizations to help contain its spread.

Audience: Small Business Owners, Non-profits

Application deadline: Open, no end date posted
Corporate loan/grant programs
National

Google and Alphabet

Google Ad Credits

To help address some of these challenges, Google is offering more than $400 million in Google Ad credits to small businesses.

Audience: Small Business Owners

Application deadline: Open, no end date posted
Government loan/grant programs
National

CDC Small Business Finance

Commercial Real Estate Loan

You can use an SBA 504 loan to buy, construct or improve commercial real estate or to purchase heavy equipment. 

Audience: Small Business Owners

Application deadline: Open, no end date posted
Nonprofit loan/grant programs
National

Amber Grants for Women

Amber Grant

The Amber Grants began in 1998. Today, WomensNet carries on that tradition, giving away at least $10,000 every month in Amber Grant money. We’ve also expanded our grant-giving to include a year-end grant of $25,000.

Audience: Small Business Owners, Self-employed, Non-profits

Application deadline: Open, no end date posted
Nonprofit loan/grant programs
National

Hivers & Strivers

Venture Capital for Entrepreneurs

Hivers & Strivers' newest fund, Venture Capital for Veterans, invests exclusively in companies led by military veterans.


Audience: Small Business Owners

Application deadline: Open, no end date posted
Government loan/grant programs
National

United States Department of Agriculture

USDA Farm Ownership Loans

No current or previous farm ownership requirements and 100 percent financing available make FSA direct farm ownership loans a valuable resource to help farmers and ranchers become owner-operators of family farms, improve and expand current operations, increase agricultural productivity, and assist with land tenure to save farmland for future generations. FSA’s Direct Farm Ownership loans are used to: buy a farm or ranch, enlarge an existing farm or ranch, make a down payment on a farm, purchase of easements, construct, purchase or improve farm dwellings, service buildings or other facilities and improvements essential to the farm operation, promote soil and water conservation and protection, pay loan closing costs.

Audience: Small Business Owners, Self-employed

Application deadline: Open, no end date posted
Government loan/grant programs
National

United States Department of Agriculture

USDA Guaranteed Farm Loan Program

An alternative loan option for those seeking commercial lending assistance is the Guaranteed Farm Loan Program. Farm Service Agency works with USDA-approved banks and other commercial lenders. You apply for these loans through the approved lender and agree to their terms and conditions. Guaranteed Farm Loans are only available for family farmers or ranchers and must be used for farm ownership and operating expenses.

Audience: Small Business Owners, Self-employed

Application deadline: Open, no end date posted
Corporate loan/grant programs
National

IFundWomen

IFundWomen Universal Grant Application

When IFundWomen brokers a grant with a partner, IFundWomen matches the partner’s grant criteria to those businesses who have applied through their Universal Grant Application. If you’re a match, they may request that you apply for that partner’s specific grant program, and you will be notified.

Audience: Small Business Owners

Application deadline: Open, no end date posted
Government loan/grant programs
National

United States Department of Agriculture

USDA Direct Farm Operating Loan

The maximum loan amount for this loan is $400,000. There is no down payment requirement. Interest rates are calculated monthly and are posted on the 1st of each month. The purpose of the loan must be essential to the success of the farming or ranching operation. The funds may be used to purchase equipment, seed, livestock, and other necessities. They can be used to refinance certain farm-related debts (excluding real estate). Repayment terms vary from 1 to 7 years. The length of the loan depends on the amount and purpose of the loan. Collateral is required. Collateral for farm operating loans may be required up to 150% of the value of the loan.

Audience: Small Business Owners, Self-employed

Application deadline: Open, no end date posted
Nonprofit loan/grant programs
National

National Urban League

Black Restaurant Accelerator Program

In partnership with PepsiCo Foundation, the National Urban League, through its 12 Entrepreneurship Centers in cities across the U.S., has launched the Black Restaurant Accelerator Program (BRAP). The BRAP will help address these barriers and take a long-term view by pairing participants with entrepreneurship advisors and PepsiCo employee volunteers to build an actionable plan for growth.

Audience: Small Business Owners

Application deadline: Open, no end date posted
Government loan/grant programs
National

United States Department of Agriculture

USDA Microloan Programs

The focus of Microloans is on the financing needs of small, beginning farmer, niche and non-traditional farm operations, such as truck farms, farms participating in direct marketing and sales such as farmers’ markets, CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture), restaurants and grocery stores, or those using hydroponic, aquaponic, organic and vertical growing methods.

Audience: Small Business Owners, Self-employed

Application deadline: Open, no end date posted
Low interest loans, Nonprofit loan/grant programs
National

RCAC

RCAC Small Business Loans

RCAC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides training, technical and financial resources and advocacy so rural communities can achieve their goals and visions. RCAC’s Small Business Loan Program assists businesses to retain or create jobs and thus improve the economic condition of rural communities. This program offers short-term loans (up to $250k) for working capital and lines of credit as well as long-term loans for real estate and equipment. Most small businesses rely on lenders to provide the capital they need for acquisitions, capital improvements, business expansions and to bridge cash flow gaps. Without loans, many small business owners would be unable to realize their dreams of running their own business or expanding their operations. RCAC’s business loans are tailored to the needs of the particular business with flexible terms and requirements.

Audience: Small Business Owners

Application deadline: Open, no end date posted
National

IFundWomen of Color

IFundWomen of Color

Apply now to be accepted into IFundWomen of Color, an inclusive cohort of diverse entrepreneurs who will get access to capital through crowdfunding and grants, coaches and mentors with a shared experience, and a private network to collaborate, commiserate, and celebrate with.

Audience: Small Business Owners

Application deadline: Open, no end date posted
Nonprofit loan/grant programs
National

Kiva

Kiva loan

Venturize is partnering with Kiva to bring affordable capital to small business owners during these challenging times. Kiva provides loans of $1,000-$15,000, zero-percent interest and no fees. There is a 6 month grace period and then fixed monthly principal payment (12-36 months). Funds are raised through community-backed crowdsourcing. Kiva will offer Venturize-referred applicants priority review if you apply through this link and mark "Venturize" as the answer to "how did you hear about Kiva." 

Audience: Small Business Owners

Application deadline: Open, no end date posted
Corporate loan/grant programs
National

SoGal Foundation

SoGal Black Founder Startup Grant

Black women entrepreneurs receive less than .5% of venture capital funding. We are standing up to help change that.


SoGal Foundation has teamed up with Winky Lux, bluemercury, twelveNYC, and other sponsors to make a small step towards progress by providing several $10K and $5K cash grants to Black women or nonbinary entrepreneurs. Awardees will also receive tactical help navigating the fundraising environment at large so that they will have a more equitable opportunity at scaling the next billion dollar idea. They will also receive lifetime “ask-me-anything” access to the SoGal Foundation and SoGal Ventures teams.

Audience: Small Business Owners

Application deadline: Open, no end date posted
Nonprofit loan/grant programs
National

AnnuityFreedom.net

BIPOC Small Business Grant

The BIPOC Business Grant provides resources for small business owners in two ways:

  1. Small business marketing, which supports Black-owned and minority-owned businesses by providing free SEO evaluations, advice, and planning.
  2. Minority business micro-grant, which is a (1) $100 monthly grant. One person is chosen each month from the applications received and are given a $100 micro-grant. A grant winner will be selected on the last date of each month.

Audience: Small Business Owners

Application deadline: Open, no end date posted
Nonprofit loan/grant programs
National

Connect2Capital

Connect2Capital Loan

Connect2Capital is an online marketplace of nonprofit lenders. Fill out a short form to get connected to a network of lenders that may be able to help.

Audience: Small Business Owners

Application deadline: Open, no end date posted
Corporate loan/grant programs
National

Amazon

Black Business Accelerator

Amazon's Black Business Accelerator is a grant program aimed to address historical, manifest imbalances by growing and advancing equity for Black-owned businesses. The program offers financial assistance, business education & mentorship, and marketing & promotional support.


Audience: Small Business Owners

Application deadline: Open, no end date posted
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Intuit

Intuit Aid Assist

Intuit Aid Assist—a free service for everyone—helps U.S.-based businesses, self-employed, contractors, freelancers, and gig workers understand different business relief programs available due to the COVID-19 crisis. Start with a loan eligibility assessment or get an estimate with loan calculators.

Audience: Small Business Owners, Self-employed

Application deadline: Open, no end date posted