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.

Nonprofit loan/grant programs, State loan/grant programs
Colorado

Energize Colorado

Energize Colorado Gap Fund

Energize Colorado Gap Fund is currently taking applications, with the goal of trying to put financial assistance into the hands of small businesses overlooked in prior programs.

That includes female-owned, minority-owned, veteran-owned and rural-based businesses that are so small they have struggled to gain the attention of commercial banks or access federal lending programs.

Area served: Colorado
Audience: Small Business Owners

Application deadline: Thursday, December 31, 2020
State loan/grant programs
Virginia

Virginia's Governor Office

Rebuild VA Small Business Grant Program

Applications are now open (starting August 10)! Funding is being made available through Rebuild VA, a new economic recovery fund, and grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to approximately 7,000 applicants to cover eligible expenses. Businesses and nonprofits must be in good standing, have annual gross revenues of no more than $1.5 million, and have no more than 25 employees.

Area served: Virginia
Audience: Small Business Owners, Non-profits

Application deadline: Open, no end date posted
California

California’s Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBank)

California Rebuilding Fund

The California Rebuilding Fund is a new program built to support California’s smallest businesses as they adapt, reopen, and recover from the effects of COVID-19. This program has been built in partnership with public, private, and nonprofit leaders across the state to ensure that California’s smallest businesses are able to access the resources and capital they need to get through these challenging economic times.

The program has three main ways it is supporting small businesses:

Area served: California
Audience: Small Business Owners

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

City of Chicago

Performing Arts Venue Relief Grants Program

The Performing Arts Venue Relief Program will distribute $10,000 grants to up to 120 for-profit and nonprofit performing arts venues to cover lost revenue due to COVID-19. Funds will be allocated through an equity lens that considers the history of disinvestment and the disproportionate burden of COVID-19 on the South and West sides of Chicago.

Area served: Illinois
Audience: Small Business Owners, Self-employed, Non-profits

Application closed
Nonprofit loan/grant programs
California, New York, Texas

Ureeka, Hispanics in Philanthropy

PowerUp Program

The PowerUp Program is a grant + mentorship opportunity for Latino small business owners whose businesses are located in California, New York, and Texas.

Area served: California, New York, Texas
Audience: Small Business Owners

Application deadline: Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Local government loan/grant programs
California

County Of Riverside

COVID-19 Business Assistance Program

The COVID-19 Business Assistance Program is administered by the County of Riverside and consists of two federally funded loan programs, including the US Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and the U.S. Economic Development Administration (USEDA) to support small businesses in the County of Riverside. Round III of the COVID-19 Business Assistance Grant Program will reopen on September 15th at 9:00 am.

Area served: County of Riverside, California
Audience: Small Business Owners

Application deadline: Friday, October 30, 2020
Local government loan/grant programs
California

County Of San Bernardino

COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program

This program has two components: 1) Funding of $2,500 for eligible Small Businesses with 1-100 employees and 2) Support and partnership for all eligible county businesses that wish to become a COVID Compliant Business Partner. This program will support local small businesses by reimbursing and/or offsetting costs and impacts directly related to complying with COVID-19 related business protocols and providing support to all eligible county businesses who apply for the program.

Area served: San Bernardino County, California
Audience: Small Business Owners

Application deadline: Saturday, October 31, 2020
Local government loan/grant programs
California

The County of San Bernardino

San Bernardino County COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program

This program will support our local small businesses by reimbursing and/or offsetting costs and impacts directly related to complying with COVID-19 related business protocols and providing support to all eligible County businesses who apply for the program. Prior to receiving funding, San Bernardino County small businesses must demonstrate compliance with State/County public health orders, and incorporate safety and social distancing practices and measures in their business operations.

Area served: San Bernardino, California
Audience: Small Business Owners

Application deadline: Saturday, October 31, 2020
Local government loan/grant programs
California

Southeast Los Angeles County Workforce Development Board

SELACO COVID-19 Small Business Revitalization Fund

The Southeast Los Angeles County Workforce Development Board (SELACO WDB) is pleased to announce the release of the SELACO COVID-19 Small Business Revitalization Fund (SBRF) grant process. Eligible applicants include for-profit and non-profit organizations with 100 employees or less and who are based in Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, Norwalk, or Paramount. Applications open on October 26, 2020 at 10:00 am and close on November 2, 2020 at 10:00 am.

Area served: California
Audience: Small Business Owners, Non-profits

Application deadline: Monday, November 2, 2020
Local government loan/grant programs
Wisconsin

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

We’re All In Small Business Grant

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s (WEDC’s) We’re All In Small Business Grant Program provided much-needed financial assistance to thousands of Wisconsin small businesses affected by COVID-19. Despite the infusion of federal Coronavirus Aid, Relieve, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds administered by WEDC throughout the summer, many Wisconsin small businesses continue to struggle.

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

Application deadline: Monday, November 2, 2020

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National Resources

Nonprofit loan/grant programs
National

Rural LISC

Rural Relief Small Business Grants

LISC is inviting small business owners in rural locations across the country to apply for the LISC-Lowe's Rural Relief Small Business Grants program. Only small businesses located in rural communities are eligible at this time. Rural communities are defined as having a population of 50,000 or less. A community is defined as the city/town/village where your business address is located. If the business is mobile (a food truck, fishing boat, ride share driver, etc) please use the address where your vehicle is stored during non-business hours. Next round of grants will start on October 26th and end on November 2nd.

Audience: Small Business Owners

Application deadline: Monday, November 2, 2020
National

U.S. Small Business Administration

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan

Now accepting new applications for COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans. If you have previously applied and not heard a decision, do not reapply. This portal is for new applications only. Check the SBA website for more information.

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

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

SBA - U.S. Small Business Administration

PPP Loan Forgiveness Forms and FAQ

The SBA recently released its PPP Loan Forgiveness Application form. We are providing highlights and examples from the form below to help guide you through the process. If you have specific questions not covered here, please ask on our Community page where you can engage with business experts and other small business owners. The SBA has announced that it will begin accepting forgiveness application forms on August 10.

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

Application deadline: Open, no end date posted
Corporate loan/grant programs, Local government loan/grant programs, Low interest loans, Nonprofit loan/grant programs, State loan/grant programs, Government loan/grant programs
National

Small Business Majority

Tips on finding funding and avoiding predatory lending during COVID-19

With state-mandated lockdowns and business closures, small business owners across the country are struggling to pay employees, rent, overhead costs and more. Now more than ever, it is important to be wary of predatory lenders as you seek out capital to keep your business afloat. Our guide to avoiding predatory lending includes guidelines for applying for PPP and EIDL, a checklist to determine if a loan is predatory and an outline of the Small Business Borrowers' Bill of Rights.

This document has been translated into Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Burmese, Khmer, Hmong, Bangladeshi, Nepali, Bhutanese, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Thai, Lao, Tagalog, Samoan, Tongan and Marshallese in partnership with the National Coalition for Asian Pacific Americans Community Development with a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

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

Application deadline: Open, no end date posted
National

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
Corporate loan/grant programs, Local government loan/grant programs, Low interest loans, Nonprofit loan/grant programs, State loan/grant programs
National

Small Business Majority

Paycheck Protection Program lenders

Below is a list of lending institutions that we believe are accepting PPP applications from new clients. We advise checking with your existing bank to see if they are offering PPP, or using the SBA’s lender search feature to find a lender near you. We are updating this list daily; however, this list is not exhaustive, nor are we able to verify at this time that the institutions listed below are successfully processing PPP applications. We will update this list as we learn more. For any errors or omissions, please contact resources@venturize.org.

Nonprofit lenders

Audience: Small Business Owners, Self-employed

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

SBA - U.S. Small Business Administration

Paycheck Protection Program: For self-employed and independent contractors

The SBA has issued additional guidance around how self-employed individuals and independent contractors can qualify for the Paycheck Protection Program.

Audience: Small Business Owners

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

Hello Alice

Hello Alice Business for All Grant

Apply for grants up to $50,000 to support business growth, including $10,000 emergency COVID-19 Business for All Grants to help small businesses in crisis. Business for All is a national movement to lift up 100,000 small business owners to receive funding

Audience: Small Business Owners

Application deadline: Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Corporate loan/grant programs
National

Tory Burch Foundation

Fellows Program

The Fellows Program is a year-long program to help you lead, grow and scale your business. You will receive a 1-year fellowship, virtual education, workshops and intensives to grow your business; premier peer network; a $5,000 grant to advance your business education; and a trip to the Tory Burch offices.


Audience: Small Business Owners, Self-employed

Application deadline: Thursday, November 12, 2020
Government loan/grant programs
National

U.S. Department of Agriculture - USDA

USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2

USDA’s Farm Service Agency is accepting CFAP 2 applications now through December 11, 2020.

USDA launched the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) to help farmers and ranchers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of $16 billion will be available in direct payments to agricultural producers and $3 billion in food purchases.

Audience: Small Business Owners

Application deadline: Friday, December 11, 2020
Nonprofit loan/grant programs
National

BeyGOOD - NCAAP

Black-Owned Small Business Impact Fund

BeyGOOD is on a mission to spread hope. The goal is to provide a lifeline for small businesses at the epicenter of dual pandemics. NAACP has teamed up with the BeyGOOD to expand economic opportunity by awarding grants of $10,000 on the 15th of each month through the end of 2020.

Audience: Small Business Owners

Application deadline: Friday, December 18, 2020
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
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
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
Low interest loans, Nonprofit loan/grant programs
National

Crowdfund Better

COVID-19 Crowdfunding Relief Initiatives

A list of crowdfunding platforms that have created special COVID-19 relief initiatives for U.S.-based campaigns.

Audience: Small Business Owners, Self-employed

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
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
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
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
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

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
Nonprofit loan/grant programs
National

Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation Zero Interest Loans for Restaurants

The RWCF is in the process of working with our legal advisors to develop this area of work. In the coming weeks, we will produce a draft set of criteria for small businesses that can be applied fairly, and which align with our mission of supporting hospitality industry leaders committed to creating better working conditions across our four program areas: wage fairness and career ladders, gender equity and sexual violence, racial justice and support for the immigrant community, mental health and substance abuse. As we develop criteria, we will explore whether or not we can or should publicly name the businesses supported through the program, but at the very least, we will report on number of loans made and other relevant data. The Restaurant Workers’ COVID19 Crisis Relief Fund is currently open.

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

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

Support Latino Business

Support Latino Business Impact Fund

To apply for the Support Latino Business Impact Fund, you must register in the Latino Business free directory. Once you're registered, Support Latino Business will send information about the application process.  Support Latino Business will provide grants ranging from $1,000 – $5,000 to help support our Latino Business community who have been affected by COVID. 

To be eligible, business must be a majority of Latino/x-owned (51% or more) and have been in business for at least one year. Grant funds must be used to directly support the applicant’s business. The SLB Board will review initial applications and select finalists, who will enter a public voting period.

The application process opens on Monday, September 21, 2020.

Audience: Small Business Owners

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

Lowe’s-LISC Partnership

Lowe’s - LISC’s Covid Rapid Relief & Resiliency Fund

Round 5 application period is now closed. Register to be notified of the next round opening August 31st.
Grants to small business owners to help meet their most immediate needs. Eligible expenses include: paying rent and utilities, meeting payroll, paying outstanding debt to vendors, upgrading technology infrastructure and other immediate operational costs.

Audience: Small Business Owners

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

Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation

Red Backpack Fund

$5,000 grants available to women entrepreneurs to help alleviate immediate concerns.

Audience: Small Business Owners

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

GoFundMe

The Small Business Relief Initiative

As part of the Small Business Relief Initiative, GoFundMe, Intuit QuickBooks, Yelp, GoDaddy, and Bill.com have each donated to the Small Business Relief Fund. GoFundMe.org, the charitable and advocacy arm of GoFundMe, started the Small Business Relief Fund to benefit small businesses. Supporters can donate to the Small Business Relief Fund, which will issue $500 matching grants to qualifying businesses that raise at least $500 on GoFundMe. More partners will be announced in relation to this initiative at a later date.

Audience: Small Business Owners

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

Facebook

Committing $100M in grants to Black communities

Applications will open in August!
Facebook is committing $100 million to the Black business community in the US. This includes $25 million in support of Black content creators and $75 million in grants of cash and ad credits to support Black-owned small businesses and nonprofits supporting the Black community.

 

Audience: Small Business Owners, Non-profits

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

Amber Grants for Women

Amber Grant

The Amber Grants began in 1998. It was launched by WomensNet to honor the memory of a young woman, Amber Wigdahl, who died at the age of 19 – unable to fulfill her entrepreneurial dreams. In 2020, the Amber Grant has been doubled to $4,000. Earn any Amber Grant through November, 2020, and you’ll be eligible for an additional $25,000 grant at the end of this year.

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

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

DoorDash - Hello Alice

DoorDash Small Business Grant

DoorDash is providing $5,000 grants to small businesses selected through an application process in select cities across the U.S. as part of its Main Street Strong initiative to help restaurants recover and succeed amidst COVID-19 related challenges.

Audience: Small Business Owners

Application deadline: Open, no end date posted
National

SBA - U.S. Small Business Administration

Paycheck Protection Program

Congress on July 1 passed an extension to the Paycheck Protection Program, giving businesses until Aug. 8, 2020, to apply. 

The CARES Act and subsequent legislation include $659 billion for federally guaranteed loans for small businesses, sole proprietors, self-employed individuals and independent contractors affected by the COVID-19 crisis. These loans can be forgiven if the proceeds are spent on payroll, benefits, mortgage interest, rent and utilities. SBA has issued interim rules for both employer businesses as well as the self-employed that answer many questions on determining eligibility and other components of these programs.

Audience: Small Business Owners, Self-employed

Application deadline: Saturday, August 8, 2020