Note: This post was updated at 11:07 a.m. EDT on January 20 and will be continually updated as additional resources become available.
Keeping track of all the relief programs for companies that are struggling due to the coronavirus crisis can feel like a full-time job. While portions of the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program and Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loans can be forgiven and converted to grants, there are also plenty of other small-business grants available for entrepreneurs, some of which are provided by state and local governments. Programs tend to become oversubscribed quickly, so don't wait to apply. Be sure to also check your local government websites.
Here is a list of states, cities, counties, and corporations providing grants for small businesses.
- Google is offering $340 million in advertising grants for small- and medium-size businesses, a credit that will be added automatically to Google Ads accounts.
- GoFundMe has partnered with Intuit QuickBooks, Yelp, GoDaddy, and Bill.com to give small businesses a $500 grant if they raise at least $500 on GoFundMe.
- MDCalc has set aside $1 million in advertising grants for companies helping to respond to the coronavirus, in partnership with New York City Health Business Leaders. Grants will be allocated on a rolling basis.
- The Local Initiatives Support Corporation is opening a grant program for rural business owners on January 26 who live in communities of 50,000 people or fewer (mobile businesses should use the address of where their vehicle is located while not in use). Round one ends on February 2. Applicants with multiple businesses should apply for funds for their largest business, will have to certify that they are "promoting the best interests of the community," and that the coronavirus pandemic has hurt their venture. The fund plans to prioritize women, veterans, people counof color, and people in "underserved places."
Arizona businesses can find an updated list of open and closed grants.
Colorado businesses (including nonprofits) can apply for another round of grants with Energize Colorado soon, according to the website.
Delaware businesses that meet the SBA's definition of small business that did not receive a PPP loan of more than $1 million can apply for grants more than $2 million, depending on 2019 revenue. The money can be used for efforts like coronavirus-related safety measures or advertising, among other uses.
- Indiana businesses, through $30 million in CARES Act funding, can apply for grants of up to $2,500 for each month the business can show a loss of revenue of at least 40% or up to $5,000 for each month the business can show a revenue loss of up to 80%. The maximum amount is $10,000 per company, which must have been profitable in 2019, fewer than 50 employees, and less than $5 million in 2019 revenue. Application deadlines were extended to January 22.
Mississippi businesses that employ three to 30 people and have been operating for at least a year can apply for forgivable loans of up to $3,000. Businesses can repay the loan if they want to "pay it forward" to the loan fund but do not have to otherwise. The project is funded by a coalition of Mississippi businesses and universities.
- Pennsylvania businesses can apply for $200 million in two different grant programs for damage related to or costs incurred by coronavirus-era closures and adaptation. The applications are available through certified CDFIs. $100 million is set aside for businesses owned by socially or economically disadvantaged individuals.
- Texas small business owners can apply for micro-grants from the Texas Black Expo.
Utah businesses with fewer than 250 employees can apply for rent relief through a program known as ComRent, which is providing $5,000 per month per location and up to three months of funding. Businesses must show a 30 percent loss of total monthly revenue after March 1, but they can also be a startup that began in March and can show a total loss of operations.
- Virginia entrepreneur Pete Synder is offering emergency funding for businesses that employ three to 30 people and have been operating for at least a year. You are not required to pay back the "loan" unless you would like to later "pay it forward" to another Virginia-area business to whom the funds will then be disbursed. Businesses with fewer than 25 employees and less than $1.5 million in gross revenue in certain sectors can also apply through the Rebuild VA Grant fund for grants of three times their average monthly expenses with a limit of $10,000.
Boca Raton is offering one-time $5,000 grants to restaurants, retail businesses with no more than 25 employees who closed fully or partially because of the coronavirus and who did not receive any government aid, such as PPP or CARES Act funding. The money can only be used for payroll, rent, utilities, and PPE.
Champaign, Illinois businesses with fewer than 50 employees owned by low or moderate-income persons or who promise to retain a job for a low or moderate-income position can apply for a grant of up to $15,000.
East Harlem, New York City businesses within the boundaries of Manhattan Community District 11 with fewer than 20 employees that make less than $1 million per year can apply for grants of up to $20,000.
Emporia, Kansas retailers, restaurants, bars, service-based businesses, and event centers with fewer than 100 employees can apply for relief grants from Emporia Main Street.
- Middletown, Connecticut businesses can apply for grants of up to $5,000 for the purpose of maintaining operations and paying employees. Applicants must be owned by someone of a low or moderate income household; or employ people who make low or moderate incomes. The assistance must ensure that a person with low or moderate income stays employed for one year after the business accepts the grant.
This list of Oregon cities providing grants for small businesses is updated regularly.
Businesses within the South Lake Union (SLU) neighborhood of Seattle can apply for emergency relief grants from the SLU Chamber of Commerce.
Washington, D.C. businesses can apply for several types of grants.
Wilmington, Delaware businesses can apply for grants of up to $1,000 until funds run out if they are not AirBnBs, corporate or franchised establishments, check-cashing businesses, or property management or insurance companies. You cannot apply for funds for more than two locations and must make less than $1 million in revenue.
Fort Bend County, Texas businesses impacted by the coronavirus with between 1 and 50 employees and annual sales of less than $5 million can apply for grants up to $25,000 to cover certain expenses.
San Joaquin County, California is offering three types of grants for businesses.
Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, Florida businesses can apply for the COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund for specific services like cleaning, equipment, and "creative approaches" that "reduce or eliminate the need for layoffs"--but not hazard pay, rent, or wages. Grant amounts depend on number of employees, but the upper limit is 50 employees and $10,000.
- Yelp is offering advertising credits for small, independently owned restaurants and bars.
- Crowns & Hops, a brewing company based in Inglewood, California, announced a $100,000 initiative for grants for brewers with diverse backgrounds, in partnership with Scottish brewers BrewDog. You can sign up to learn more here.