Find Free Money: Coronavirus Relief Funds and Grants for Small Businesses

Pandemic relief funds and grants for small businesses

Having difficulty finding COVID-19 relief aid to keep your business afloat during and after the pandemic? To jumpstart your search, here’s a list of some available coronavirus relief funds and grants for small businesses.

Hello Alice: Business for All Grant 

Small business owners affected by the COVID-19 pandemic can now submit applications for Hello Alice’s Business for All program. This program, with the support of Verizon, Silicon Valley Bank, Ebay Foundation, UBS, Visible and Stacy’s Rise Project, offers exclusive mentorship opportunities and grants of up to $50,000 to support long-term business growth. Applications are open through September 25th.

MDCalc Ad Grant

For organizations that support clinicians or treat COVID-19 patients, the MDCalc Ad Grant may be of interest. MDCalc is currently donating $1 million in advertising grants to businesses that are contributing to COVID-19 response efforts. Applications are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis.  

National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) Growth Grant

NASE members have the opportunity to secure NASE Growth Grants, worth up to $4,000 each, to help finance their small business needs. Small business owners can use their growth grants to help cover COVID-19 related activities, such as buying equipment, hiring part-time help, purchasing marketing materials and more. Annual members are allowed to apply immediately, and monthly members can apply ninety days after joining the NASE.

Urban Excellence Community Grant

The Caleb Brown Venture Capital and Consulting Project provides start-up, for-profit businesses and early staged businesses with grants of up to $1,000 to help rebuild local blocks, neighborhoods and communities. This can be especially beneficial for small business communities hit the hardest by COVID-19. The grant comes with 500 hours of complimentary business consulting for one year. For consideration, applications must be submitted by the 15th of every month.

Amber Grant

The Amber Grant program gives away $4,000 every month in grant money to female small business owners. The organization also expanded its grant-giving to include a year-end grant of $25,000. This is a great opportunity for female small business owners that are in need of extra funding during the pandemic. Applications are accepted at any time and award recipients are announced the first week of every month.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Grant

In response to the pandemic, LISC provides grants to support for-profit, small businesses. Priority will be given to business owners of color, women- and veteran-owned businesses and other businesses in historically under-served communities without access to affordable capital. The next round opening is August 31st. Prospective applicants are encouraged to register.

The Small Business Relief Fund

The Small Business Relief Fund will issue $500 matching grants to qualifying small businesses that raise at least $500 on GoFundMe. The purpose of this fund is to alleviate small business financial strain during these challenging times. Businesses will need to verify that they have been negatively impacted by a government mandate due to the COVID-19 pandemic to qualify.

Keep in mind that small business grants are also available through certain state and local programs and some nonprofit organizations. For federal assistance in response to COVID-19 pandemic, visit the Small Business Administration.  

 


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