COVID-19 Resources

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.

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.

D.C. Department of Employment Services

DC Paid Family Leave

The mission of the Office of Paid Family Leave (OPFL) is to plan, develop, and administer a paid leave program for the District of Columbia under the provisions of the Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016.

On July 1, 2020, the District of Columbia began administering paid leave benefits. DC workers can now apply for paid family leave. The Paid Leave Act provides up to:

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California's Paid Family Leave Program FAQs

California’s Paid Family Leave program (PFL) provides wage replacement benefits to workers who need to take time off from work to bond with a new child or to care for a seriously ill family member.

This document is intended to answer any questions small employers might have about California’s PFL program and its effects on small business owners and their workers.

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California's Paid Sick Leave Law FAQs

California’s paid sick leave law allows employees to take time off from work to address their health or a family member’s illness without losing a paycheck.

This document is intended to answer any questions small employers might have about California’s paid sick leave law and its effects on small business owners and their workers. 

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:

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.


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.