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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Government loan/grant programs
Colorado

Colorado Department of Agriculture

Colorado's Farm to Market Grant Program

Farmers, ranchers, and businesses may apply for a grant from the program which can only be used for agricultural processing -- meaning the transforming, packaging, sorting, storage, or grading of Colorado livestock, livestock products, agricultural commodities, plants, or plant products.

Area served: Colorado
Audience: Small Business Owners

Application deadline: Tuesday, November 30, 2021
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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
Nonprofit loan/grant programs
District of Columbia, Illinois, Maryland, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia

Association for Enterprise Opportunity

Fiserv US 2021 - Back2Business Grant

In partnership with AEO, the Fiserv + Clover Back2Business Grant Program will award grants of $10,000 to eligible Black- and minority-owned small businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19 and the resulting recession. 

Area served: District of Columbia, Illinois, Maryland, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia
Audience: Small Business Owners

Application deadline: Friday, December 31, 2021
Nonprofit loan/grant programs
Arizona

Growth Partners Arizona (GPAz)

Small Business Success Loans

GPAz is offering two loan programs for small businesses affected by COVID-19. In partnership with Kiva, GPAz and the Community Investment Corporation (CIC) are offering globally crowdfunded no-interest, no-fee loans of $1,000-$15,000. In partnership with the Business Development Finance Corporation (BDFC), GBAz is offering Small Business Success Loans, with loans ranging from $1,000-$75,000, to qualified small businesses.

Area served: Arizona
Audience: Small Business Owners

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

Southeast Colorado Enterprise Development, Inc.

SECED Business Loan Fund & Micro Loan

The BLF is an alternative (gap) financing method designed to help finance business projects that will positively impact the economic health of the communities within Baca, Bent, Crowley, Kiowa, Otero and Prowers counties. Individuals who meet eligibility requirements may apply.

Area served: Colorado
Audience: Small Business Owners

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

Michigan Small Business Relief Program

Michigan Small Business Relief Program

Grants up to $10,000 to support certain small businesses statewide that have realized a significant financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. The grants are administered through local economic development partners.

Area served: Michigan
Audience: Small Business Owners

Application deadline: Open, no end date posted
Low interest loans
Colorado

Eastern Colorado Small Business Loan Program

The Eastern Colorado Business Loan Program is an affordable, flexible and friendly loan program available to small businesses and nonprofits located in eastern Colorado counties who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and are interested in protecting jobs and investing / reinvesting in their communities. Different loan amounts are available under this program and all are repayable over 4 years at a fixed 3% interest rate, with no repayments of principal or interest due during the first six months of the loan.

Area served: Eastern Colorado, Colorado
Audience: Small Business Owners

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

San Luis Valley Development Resources Group

San Luis Valley Revolving Loan Fund

The San Luis Valley Revolving Loan Fund provides gap-financing loans for business expansion, start-ups, and retentions.  Businesses must be able to provide permanent jobs in the assisted projects and fill a majority of the positions with low- or moderate-income persons.

Area served: Colorado
Audience: Small Business Owners

Application deadline: Open, no end date posted
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
State loan/grant programs
New Jersey

State of New Jersey

New Jersey state financial assistance programs

The NJEDA wants to make it easy for organizations to understand what support programs are available to companies to help stabilize operations and get back on a pathway to growth. This is a beta version of the Eligibility Wizard that focuses on newly announced State Emergency Assistance programs and the SBA disaster loan program. NJEDA will be updating it regularly as new federal, state, local, and philanthropic programs become available.

Area served: New Jersey
Audience: Small Business Owners, Self-employed

Application deadline: Open, no end date posted

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National Resources

Featured national resource
Government loan/grant programs
National

Small Business Administration

Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance

On March 24, the Small Business Administration has authorized the increase in loan amounts from $150,000 to $500,000, starting on April 6, 2021.

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

Application deadline: Friday, December 31, 2021
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Government 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
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Corporate loan/grant programs
National

Ebay, HelloAlice

eBay Up & Running Grants

Starting August 6, 2021, eligible small business sellers can apply to the eBay Up & Running Grants program. Fifty recipients will each receive a grant package of $10,000, including cash, coaching through eBay Seller School, and more. Apply today by sharing how you would invest the grant to grow your business online. 

Audience: Small Business Owners

Application closed
Corporate loan/grant programs
National

IFundWomen; Jane Walker

Jane Walker - IFW First Women Grant Program

As part of the First Women campaign, Jane Walker and IFundWomen have teamed up to help create more opportunities for women to achieve their goals. Jane Walker will be funding a total of 30 groundbreaking women-owned businesses through the end of the year. Businesses will be selected across the Entertainment & Film, Music, Sports, STEM, Journalism and Hospitality industries to receive a $10K grant plus a one-year Annual Coaching Membership on IFundWomen.

Audience: Small Business Owners

Application deadline: Sunday, October 31, 2021
Government loan/grant programs
National

U. S. Department of Agriculture

Pandemic Response and Safety Grant Program

The Pandemic Response and Safety (PRS) Grant Program provides grants to food processors, distributors, farmers markets, and producers to respond to coronavirus, including for measures to protect workers against novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID–19).

Audience: Small Business Owners

Application deadline: Monday, November 22, 2021
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
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
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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Corporate loan/grant programs
National

KKR, HelloAlice, Global Entrepreneurship Network

KKR Small Business Builders

Created as a key pillar of KKR's COVID-19 Relief Effort, KKR Small Business Builders (SBB) aims to support entrepreneurs and their small businesses around the world. The grants are designed to help business owners sustain their enterprises, maintain or create jobs, and spur economic opportunity as they respond to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and recover from its resultant economic dislocation.


Audience: Small Business Owners

Application closed
Corporate loan/grant programs
National

Joann

Joann's Minority Grant Program

The second annual JOANN Minority Grant Program will provide grants totaling $100,000 to 20 small Hispanic business owners, in need of support to help achieve their business goals. Each grant recipient will receive $5,000 in Joann cash to help broaden their creative product supplies to further spread handmade happiness among their customers.

Audience: Small Business Owners

Application closed