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.

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
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
Local government loan/grant programs
California

South County Economic Development Council

Emergency loan

South County EDC is offering a no-interest loan to eating establishments in South San Diego County. This small infusion of funds is intended to assist South County small restaurants to remain open and continue to provide meals during this national emergency.

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

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

Greenline Ventures Emergency Microloan Program

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we established the Greenline Emergency Microloan Program (the “Program”) to provide much-needed funds to minority, women, or veteran-owned small businesses throughout Colorado that have been adversely impacted. Program Loans can be used in addition to the Paycheck Protection Program loans offered through the SBA. Loan Amount: Loans are available for $5,000 up to $25,000.

Area served: Colorado
Audience: Small Business Owners

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

City of Fruita

Fruita Small Business Emergency Assistance Fund

The purpose of the Fruita Small Business Emergency Assistance Fund is to assist qualifying Fruita small businesses who are facing financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund is a partnership between the City of Fruita and the Business Incubator Center. Loans from this fund will provide gap funding for small businesses located within the city limits of Fruita to cover up to two month’s cost of operations.

Area served: Colorado
Audience: Small Business Owners

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

Oakland Black Business Fund

Oakland Black Business Fund

Funds are available for Black-owned businesses that have been impacted by the pandemic and recent protests. Phase 1 will provide immediate response funds for repairing damages, providing storefront protection, and replacing equipment losses as a result of protests and looting.

Area served: Oakland, California
Audience: Small Business Owners

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

Pikes Peak Regional Development Corporation

El Paso County Business Loan Fund

The El Paso County Business Loan Fund Program is a source of capital for expanding businesses within El Paso County. Providing lower cost financing helps pave the way for small business owners to expand their businesses. The Business Loan Fund Program typically involves a private lender who may not otherwise provide complete financing. The public / private partnership can help smaller businesses finance their expansion, resulting in new employment opportunities.

Area served: Colorado
Audience: Small Business Owners

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

The City of Tempe

Tempe Small Business Emergency Loan Program

In partnership with Phoenix-based Desert Financial Credit Union, have launched the Tempe Small Business Emergency Loan Program, providing loans of $5,000-$20,000 to businesses with 5-50 employees. Loans are primarily intended to bridge the gap until small businesses obtain relief from the federal Paycheck Protection Program. The interest rate is four percent, with loan terms up to 48 months, and the first payment deferred up to 90 days.


Area served: Arizona
Audience: Small Business Owners

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

Northwest Colorado Council of Governments

Northwest Loan Fund

The Northwest Loan Fund (NLF) offers business loans that will bring value to the local economy in the 9 Northwest counties we serve: Eagle, Garfield, Grand, Jackson, Moffat, Pitkin, Rio Blanco, Routt, and Summit. We are particularly interested new or growing businesses. We look for a mix of collateral, investment percentage, what the loan will be used for along with overall business sustainability. We can take a collateral position behind other lenders to encourage other lender involvement.

Area served: Colorado
Audience: Small Business Owners

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

Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority

Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority Fund

Pennsylvanis has created a $61 million fund to provide working capital loans of up to $100,000 directly to small businesses and hopefully nonprofits (those that employ 100 or fewer persons). The interest rate is currently 3%, however the PIDA board has the authority to adjust the interest rates and so it is possible the board will act to lower rates to as low as 0%. The program will be administered by the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA).

Area served: Pennsylvania
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
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
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
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