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
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
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
Low interest loans
Colorado

Colorado Enterprise Fund VALOR Loan Program

The VALOR Loan program was created to support transitioning service members, veterans, and their families with access to affordable capital to start and grow small businesses in Colorado. Loan Amount: Up to $500,000. Loan Rate: 2% discount from standard CEF rates. Origination Fee: 1.5%. Loan Term: Up to 10 years with interest-only period of up to 6 months. Loan Uses: Working capital, equipment, inventory, property improvements, business purchase, commercial real estate. Loan Process: Online application on CEF website with underwriting and approval following standard CEF processes.

Area served: Colorado
Audience: Small Business Owners

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

Adams County

Adams County Small Business Stabilization Program

The Adams County Community & Economic Development Department has established the Small Business Stabilization Program (SBSP) to provide local businesses with grants to retain jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The grants for the SBSP are paid for by the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which is funded by the U.S.

Area served: Colorado
Audience: Small Business Owners

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

Greeley Colorado

Greeley Community Development Fund

The Greeley Community Development Fund assists with the financial needs of companies expanding in or locating to the City of Greeley. The Weld/Larimer Revolving Loan Fund, the City of Greeley, commercial banks in Greeley and the Hispanic Loan Program have joined together to provide the initial funding for this loan program. Short-term financing or loan guarantee for up to 45% of total project costs. Remaining project costs to be funded through banks, private investors or other loan programs. Minimum loan amount - $20,000. Maximum loan amount - $125,000. Maximum loan term - 5 years.

Area served: City of Greeley, Colorado
Audience: Small Business Owners

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

Small Business Strong

Corporate Grants and Funding

Small Business Strong is a private and public sector partnership set up to help women and minority owned small businesses navigate the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. We recognize that our 650,000 Massachusetts small businesses are the lifeblood of our towns, cities and communities. Small Business Strong provides expedited, pro-bono resources to small businesses ranging from access to capital to consulting, business restructuring, business growth, digital marketing and customer engagement plans.


Area served: Boston Metro, Western, Central, Eastern Massachusetts, Massachusetts
Audience: Small Business Owners

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
Featured national resource
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
Featured national resource
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
Featured national resource
Corporate loan/grant programs
National

Verizon

Verizon Small Business Digital Ready grant

Complete two courses or coaching events from the program to be eligible to apply for a Verizon Small Business Digital Ready $10,000 grant.

Audience: Small Business Owners, Self-employed

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

Hello Alice

Hello Alice’s 2022 Small Business Growth Fund

Hello Alice is kicking off 2022 as the Year of Small Business by awarding 50 small business owners with $5,000 grants to fuel their success in 2022.

Audience: Small Business Owners

Application deadline: Friday, December 10, 2021
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: Friday, December 31, 2021
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
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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
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

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

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
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

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
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

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 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
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