The latest on federal relief for small businesses

With the Paycheck Protection Program winding 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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Nonprofit loan/grant programs
Oklahoma, Texas

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: Oklahoma, Texas
Audience: Small Business Owners

Application deadline: Friday, December 31, 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
California

SF New Deal

Small Business Debt Relief Grant Program

SF New Deal is excited to launch a micro grant program to give $1,000,000 to small businesses in San Francisco. This grant is open to all small businesses, including newly opened businesses.

Area served: California
Audience: Small Business Owners

Application deadline: Saturday, July 31, 2021
Corporate loan/grant programs
California, Florida, Illinois, Nevada, New York, Texas

SIA Scotch, Hello Alice

The Entrepreneurial Spirit Fund by SIA Scotch

Starting July 13, 2021, eligible small business owners can apply to The Entrepreneurial Spirit Fund by SIA Scotch. Twenty-five 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 entrepreneur who overcame a myriad of challenges during her entrepreneurship journey.

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

Application deadline: Tuesday, August 10, 2021
Low interest loans
Colorado

CEDS

Sistahbiz Loan Fund

Application Process: Applications and loans are processed and serviced by Community Enterprise Development Services (CEDS). Loan Amounts: Financing ranges from $500 to $50,000. Flexible loan terms (time period to repay the debt) up to 5 years. Credit and Rates: 7% to 11% interest rates, pledged collateral and character-based lending model. Eligibility/Access: Participation in Sistahbiz coaching and training programs required in order to be considered for funds.

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

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

San Luis Valley Development Resources Group

San Luis Valley Micro Enterprise Loan Fund

The San Luis Valley Micro Enterprise Loan Fund (MEP) was created to assist eligible low and moderate-income business owners with financing for business start-ups and expansions. Proceeds can be used for land, buildings, equipment, working capital, inventory, and limited leasehold improvements; refinancing is limited to 30 percent of existing debt. Minimum loan of $2,500 and a maximum of $100,000. Interest rate is determined during the approval process, but is very competitive. Loan term varies – maximum five years. Two percent origination fee which includes all filing and closing costs.

Area served: Colorado
Audience: Small Business Owners

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

Jewish Free Loan Association

Coronavirus Small Business Loans

**Update** Interest-free loans can help residents of LA and Ventura get through the financial part of the Covid-19 crisis by offering loans without collateral, any interest, or fees. Interest free loans up to $18,000 are available for small businesses. No-fee, zero interest loans for business owners in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

Area served: Los Angeles, Ventura counties, California
Audience: Small Business Owners

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

Northeastern Colorado Revolving Loan Fund

Northeast Colorado Revolving Loan Fund - COVID Funding

Northeast Colorado Revolving Loan Fund is allocating $150,000 into a low interest program for those impacted by this disaster. NCRLF will offer loans at 4% for 36 months or less, with a maximum of $20,000 per business.

Area served: ogan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington, and Yuma counties, Colorado
Audience: Small Business Owners

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

Durango Creative District and 1st SouthWest Community Fund

Durango Creative District Covid-19 Emergency Relief

The Durango Creative District has partnered with 1st SouthWest Community Fund in implementing the first revolving Creative Loan Fund for Durango, CO. This loan is intended to help small businesses, nonprofits and individuals with working capital and business continuity. This loan fund is supported by the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Business Development Grant Program and by the Office of Economic Development and International Trade.

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

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

City of New York

New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF)

New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF) is a new economic recovery loan program aimed at supporting New York State small businesses, nonprofits and small landlords as they reopen after the COVID-19 outbreak and NYS on PAUSE. NYFLF targets the state’s small businesses with 20 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees (90% of all businesses), nonprofits and small landlords that have seen a loss of rental income. NYFLF is providing working capital loans so that small businesses, nonprofits and small landlords have access to credit as they reopen.

Area served: New York
Audience: Small Business Owners, Non-profits

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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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
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Government loan/grant programs
National

U.S. Small Business Administration

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant

The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act. The program includes over $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance.

Audience: Small Business Owners

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

Nav

Nav’s Small Business Grant

Up to $10,000 to take your business to the next level.

Audience: Small Business Owners

Application deadline: Friday, August 6, 2021
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
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

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
Corporate loan/grant programs
National

Culture Education Fund, Jarritos

Jarritos Champions Food Trucks

The Jarritos Flavored by Culture Education Fund is designed to financially support food truck owners, workers, and/or their families with their academic pursuits. Food truck owners are encouraged to explain why pursuing a degree, certification, lesson, or any other form of education would be a benefit. 


Jarritos will select three individuals who will receive $5,000 which can be applied towards tuition and related expenses. 

Audience: Small Business Owners

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
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
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

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
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
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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
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

Hello Alice, Stacy's Pita Chips

The Stacy’s Rise Project

The Stacy’s Rise Project™ supports small businesses through funding, mentorship and community. Eligible small businesses selected as Stacy's Rise Project finalists will receive $10,000 and mentorship.

Audience: Small Business Owners, Self-employed

Application closed
Nonprofit loan/grant programs
National

Women Who Tech

Women Startup Challenge Grants Program

Equity-free grants will be awarded by Women Who Tech to women-led tech startups on a rolling basis through 2021.

Audience: Small Business Owners

Application closed
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 closed
Corporate loan/grant programs, Nonprofit loan/grant programs
National

Bacardi, NAACP

Backing the B.A.R.

The NAACP and Bacardi have launched Round 2 of the Backing the B.A.R. Acceleration Grant, a program offering $10,000 grants, education, and support to Black-owned businesses in the hospitality and alcohol sales industries. 

Audience: Small Business Owners

Application closed