If you are interested in applying for any of the programs below, it is advised that you apply as soon as possible. The application period for many relief programs has been shortened due to the high demand. For assistance filling out applications, please contact Magaly Hernandez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Small Business Resources
Small Business Covid-19 Grants
Grants of $20,000 to small business owners to help meet their most immediate needs. Eligible expenses include: paying rent and utilities, meeting payroll, paying outstanding debt to vendors, upgrading technology infrastructure, and other immediate operational costs. The fifth round of applications are open until August 31.
This grant will help employers provide hazard pay to employees in life-sustaining occupations during the pandemic. This grant must be used for hazard pay over a 10-week period (August 16-October 24) for direct, full-time and part-time employees earning less than $20 an hour. The COVID-19 Hazard Pay Grant is available to the following industries: healthcare and social assistance, food manufacturing, food retail facilities, transit and ground passenger transportation, security services for eligible industries listed above and commercial industries that were not closed as a result of the pandemic, and janitorial services to buildings and dwellings. Applications are now open and will close July 31, 2020.
Spanx and The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation have teamed up with GlobalGiving to create The Red Backpack Fund. This partnership will give 1,000 grants of $5,000 to female entrepreneurs in the U.S. to help those affected by COVID-19. Applications will be open from August 3, 2020 – August 10, 2020.
The first round of applications is currently open for the COVID-19 Relief Pennsylvania Statewide Small Business Assistance program. This program will provide grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 to small businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19. Eligible businesses will be businesses that are: located in Pennsylvania, have an annual revenue of $1 million or less prior to COVID-19, and have less than 25 full-time employees. The second and final round of applications will close August 28th at 11:59 PM.
The FFFI provides one-time grants to eligible food retailers in order to increase access to healthy, affordable grocery options for Pennsylvania communities. Its new COVID-19 Relief Fund supports food retail businesses impacted by the pandemic, especially those serving low-income communities of color. Applications open August 14th.
The purpose of the James Beard Foundation Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund (the “Fund”) is to provide critical financial assistance to small, independent restaurants that, due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) national disaster, have an immediate need for funds to pay set operating expenses and keep from going out of business.
Small Business Loans
Interested businesses and nonprofits will work with an eligible lender to determine if they meet the program requirements, which are available online, as well as the lender’s own underwriting standards. The lender will determine approval for a loan. The Fed will participate in the lending by purchasing a 95% interest in the loan. The lender retains 5%. Refer to the diagram at the end of the document for a schematic on how the program works.
Business leaders throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are working together to help save as many Pennsylvania jobs as possible. Businesses that qualify for assistance include small businesses that employ 3-30 people, are based in Pennsylvania and have been operating for at least one year, and are owned and operated by a Pennsylvania resident. The funds given to small businesses through the Pennsylvania 30 Day Fund do not need to be repaid. Applications close December 31, 2023.
The SBA offers disaster assistance in the form of low-interest loans to businesses, renters, and homeowners located in regions affected by declared disasters. View the SBA’s webinar explaining the application process. Applications are now open.
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This page was last updated August 26, 2020.