Small businesses that have already struggled with the pandemic are now experiencing the fallout of rioting and looting that has taken place across the nation. The good news is, there’s help. Here are some of the latest riot-related small business loans and grants.
And some small business encouragement to pull you through.
$2M Loans Available for Illinois Small Businesses
Illinois suffered greatly following George Floyd’s May 25th death while in Minneapolis police custody — $32 million in losses due to rioting have been recorded across the state. Everything from high-end shops to smaller, family-run businesses have been affected.
To provide relief, the SBA has stepped in with low-interest, Economic Injury Disaster Loans. Qualifying Illinois businesses and private non-profits who suffered riot-related losses between May 26th and July 30th are eligible for up to $2 million in emergency loans for operational costs, payroll, PPE and more. The loan amount will be based on the actual economic injury of the business and its financial needs, regardless of whether the business endured any property damage. The deadline to return economic injury applications is July 13, 2021.
Kenosha Small Business Grants and COVID-19 Relief
Downtown Kenosha Inc. is offering $250,000 in grants to help Kenosha businesses recover from damages caused by rioting during protests in late August. Grant funds are geared toward bridging insurance coverage gaps and providing short-term rental assistance as well as covering clean-up costs associated with damages.
“This is one step in helping people who have lost their very livelihood,” Kenosha Downtown Inc. executive director Alexandria Binanti said in a statement. “More than repairing buildings, we’re helping families who have committed to building their lives in Kenosha’s small business community. We owe all our Kenosha business families a chance to rebuild stronger.”
And for those Kenosha small businesses that are struggling with reduced revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation has launched a second round of “We’re All In” grants to help. The latest round of the grant program will provide $5,000 grants to 10,000 additional Wisconsin-based, for-profit businesses. Applications will open at 8 a.m. Oct. 19th and close at 11:59 p.m. Nov. 2nd.
The St. Paul Midway Fund
The St. Paul Midway Fund will benefit the community around the Allianz Field soccer stadium in St. Paul, Minneapolis for riot-related small business relief, rebuilding and relocation. Two forms of “Small Business Economic Justice grants” are available at MidwayUnited.org.
A total of more than $340,000 will be available to 21 small businesses in need of damage relief. Eligible businesses can apply for up to $15,000 to assist with paying for smoke and water cleanup, glass replacement, replacement of stolen goods, lost inventory and any other damages caused by riots, looting and unrest.
An additional $500,000 will aid at least 10 businesses through a “Rebuild and Relocation” program. Qualifying businesses can apply for up to $50,000 to assist in rebuilding efforts, ranging from total fire loss to help with relocation costs due to loss of lease or eviction. Applications will be accepted through Dec. 20th, or until funds run out.
And There’s Hope…
Despite everything that’s been happening, small business owners are finding resilience. Daniel Johnson, a small business owner in Minneapolis, is a good example of this. Johnson’s flagship clothing store, House of Hoodies, burned to the ground during the riots following George Floyd’s death. However, instead of feeling sad for the business loss, he decided to rebuild by opening a new store in Rochester.
“It just lit a fire in me to just keep pushing and we have the younger generation that just watches us. We just wanted to be an inspiration to everyone and let them know and show resilience and if you fall down you have to get back up.” Johnson said.
This is just one of the many small businesses finding strength during this time, and it starts with having a positive outlook to move forward.
If you’re not in one of the mentioned areas, be sure to check within your community for any local riot-related small business loans and grants that can help you start to recover.