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The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 is a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus bill passed by the 117th United States Congress and signed into law by President Joe Biden on March 11, 2021, to speed up the United States' recovery from the economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing recession.[1] First proposed on January 14, 2021, the package builds upon many of the measures in the CARES Act from March and in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, from December.

New and Expanded Small Business Stimulus

The American Rescue Plan includes tens of billions of dollars in aid for small businesses and not for profits whose bottom lines have been hard hit by the pandemic.

Here are the programs:

  • Additional $15 billion to the Emergency Injury Disaster Advance/Grant program.

  • $25 billion for a new grant program specifically for bars and restaurants.

  • Additional $7 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program

  • $39 billion in Child care provider grant

  • Additional $1.25 billion for the Shuttered Venue Operator Grant Program; and provisions to participate in PPP and SVO

  • Extension of the Employee Retention Tax Credit

  • Emergency pandemic unemployment assistance extended until Sept. 6; more self-employed and part-time individuals could qualify for benefits; extra weekly unemployment benefit would remain at $300 until Aug. 29 and tax relief on up to $10,200 in income from unemployment benefits for households earning less than $150,000 a year.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress with overwhelming, bipartisan support and signed into law by President Trump on March 27th, 2020.  This over $2 trillion economic relief package delivers on the Trump Administration’s commitment to protecting the American people from the public health and economic impacts of COVID-19.

The CARES Act provides fast and direct economic assistance for American workers, families, and small businesses, and preserve jobs for our American industries.

Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 was passed by Congress with overwhelming, bipartisan support and signed into law by President Trump on December 27th, 2020.  This includes $900 billion in COVID-19 stimulus relief.

House Summary of H.R. 133 Coronavirus Relief Provisions

DIVISION-BY-DIVISION SUMMARY OF COVID-19 RELIEF PROVISIONS In addition to the text of the Fiscal Year 2021 appropriations bills and authorizing matters, the spending package includes emergency coronavirus relief.

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are able to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000. This advance is designed to provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Grants are based on $1,000 per W2 employee.

Grant funding expired July 11, 2020.


This loan advance will not have to be repaid. Recipients do not have to be approved for a loan in order to receive the advance, but the amount of the loan advance will be deducted from total loan eligibility. SBA will begin accepting new Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance applications on June 15 to qualified small businesses and U.S. agricultural businesses.

The new eligibility for U.S. agricultural businesses is made possible as a result of the latest round of funds appropriated by Congress in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 


To be eligible, business must have been in operation as of January 31, 2020 and have 500 or less employees includes solopreneurs.

New "Targeted EIDL Grants 

Section 331: Targeted EIDL Advance for Small Business Continuity, Adaptation, and Resiliency.

• Provides additional targeted funding for eligible entities located in low-income communities through the EIDL Advance program from Section 1110 of the CARES Act.

• Makes entities in low-income communities that received an EIDL Advance under Section 1110 of the CARES Act eligible to receive an amount equal to the difference of what the entity received under the CARES Act and $10,000.

• Provides $10,000 grants to eligible applicants in low-income communities that did not secure grants because funding had run out.

New Emergency EIDL Grants

Section 332: Emergency EIDL Grants.

• Extends covered period for Emergency EIDL grants through December 31, 2021.

• Allows more flexibility for the SBA to verify that Emergency EIDL grant applicants have submitted accurate information. • Extends time for SBA to approve and disburse Emergency EIDL grants from 3 to 21 days. Section 333: Repeal of EIDL Advance Deduction.

Repeal of EIDL Advance Deduction


• Repeals section 1110(e)(6) of the CARES Act, which requires PPP borrowers to deduct the amount of their EIDL advance from their PPP forgiveness amount.

• Establishes the Sense of Congress that EIDL Advance borrowers should be made whole without regard to whether those borrowers are eligible for PPP forgiveness.

• The Administrator shall issue rules that ensure borrowers are made whole if they received forgiveness and their EIDL was deducted from that amount.

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EIDL Application

Funding from this program is given on first come first served basis until Federal appropriated funds are exhausted. Click here to apply!

EIDL Application Assistance 

For step-by step video walkthrough, click here

For one-on-one consult/Done for you application, click here

For help with EIDL Reconsideration for Denied Application, click here.



CLOSED MAY 31, 2021

The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. The stimulus bill provided $367 billion to help small business mak payroll. The program was set to expire June 30, 2020. Upon the Congress passing and President signing an PPP extension into law, this program has been extended until August 8, 2020.


The 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act was signed into law December. 27, 2020. The program  reopens January 11, 2021 with $284 billion in funding and extends to March 31, 2021. The program has been extended again thru May 31, 2021.

Key PPP updates include:

  • PPP borrowers can set their PPP loan’s covered period to be any length between 8 and 24 weeks to best meet their business needs;

  • PPP loans will cover additional expenses, including operations expenditures, property damage costs, supplier costs, and worker protection expenditures;

  • The Program’s eligibility is expanded to include 501(c)(6)s, housing cooperatives, direct marketing organizations, among other types of organizations;

  • The PPP provides greater flexibility for seasonal employees;

  • Certain existing PPP borrowers can request to modify their First Draw PPP Loan amount; and

  • Certain existing PPP borrowers are now eligible to apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan.

A borrower is generally eligible for a Second Draw PPP Loan if the borrower:

  • Previously received a First Draw PPP Loan and will or has used the full amount only for authorized uses;

  • Has no more than 300 employees; and

  • Can demonstrate at least a 25% reduction in gross receipts between comparable quarters in 2019 and 2020.



Applicants going for their second round should submit the SBA form 2483-SD PPP Second Round Borrower Form to lender or their comparable form/online form.


Apply for 1st and 2nd round PPP forgivable loan now!

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PPP Loan Forgiveness Application

SBA will forgive loans if all employee retention criteria are met, and the funds are used for eligible expenses. Click here to read more about PPP loan forgiveness and to access the application. The SBA will open it's PPP Forgiveness Portal on August 10, 2020.

PPP Program Information 

This program is for gig workers, independent contractors, self employed, small business, for profit and nonprofit businesses in operation on or before January 31, 2020 with less than 500 employees. 

For more information and details on this program, click here.

PPP Program Qualifying Lenders 

Check with your bank first to see if they are approved lender. Bluevine is an approved lender still accepting applications. You can apply to more than one place, but can only be funded by one. Click here to search approved lenders.

PayCheck Protection Flexibility Act

The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, issued new and revised guidance for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).  This guidance implements the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA), signed into law by President Trump on June 5, 2020, and expands eligibility for businesses with owners who have past felony convictions.

To implement the PPPFA, SBA revised its first PPP interim final rule, which was posted on April 2, 2020.  As described in detail in our announcement on June 8, 2020, the new rule updates provisions relating to loan maturity, deferral of loan payments, and forgiveness provisions.

PPP Application Assistance 

For step-by-step video PayPal Loan Builder walkthrough, click here.


Under the CARES Act signed into law by President Trump on March 27, 2020,

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) provides up to 39 weeks of unemployment benefits to individuals who are unable to work because of a COVID-19-related reason but are not eligible for regular or extended unemployment benefits. This program is funded by the Federal government and is administered by each U. S. state. Check with our state unemployment office to see if you are eligible. Click here to learn more to find your state unemployment office.  Expanded unemployment $600/week additonal payment is scheduled to end July 31, 2020 unless a new bill is passed to extend it.

PUA Application Assistance

For video program overview, click here.




We leave all grants listed on this tracker. Why? If a grant is closed, that doesn't mean it will not reopen.  Grants have funding periods. Funding may be made available monthly, quarterly, annually or have multiple funding rounds after each closing period. New funding opportunities are added weekly.


Take time to research your local geographic area for grants and other funding opportunities with government agencies, associations, companies, nonprofits and foundations. These grantors include, but are not limited to: 

Chamber of Commerce 

City Government 

Community Development Agencies

County Government

Local Foundations

Minority/Small/Women Business Centers

Small Business Development Centers 

State Government

Urban League

TIP: Set up Google Alerts for specific grants in your local area. Type in google Alerts and it will give you  step-by-step process on how to do it. 


TIP: Local grant programs may include help with rent, mortgage, utilities, car repair, child care, food assistance and more. 

State/Local Government: 

Alabama: Governor Kay Ivey announced its $200 million Revive Plus second round of grants program to support small businesses in Alabama that have been impacted by COVID-19. The state provided $100 million in the first round Revive Alabama.

The Birmingham Strong Emergency Loan Fund is providing zero-interest, 180-day loans up to $25,000 to small businesses with less than 50 employees.

Arkansas: Arkansas lawmakers have approved an additional $92 million in funding for Arkansas Ready For Business grant program aimed at helping businesses reopen.

Arizona: Maricopa County giving $23M to small businesses, nonprofits. Arizona has multiple grants that can be found here

The Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, a joint effort from Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and United Way of Greater Atlanta, announces an open application process for nonprofit organizations to receive grant funding for pandemic response efforts. The Fund plans to issue $5.5 million in grants in the next 30 to 60 days, in addition to $18.4 million distributed to date.

California: Governor Newsome signs new legislative multi-billion dollar relief bill on Feb. 23, 2021 that includes $2 billion for small business grants up to $25,000. $1.5 billion added. Multiple rounds.

Governor Newsom Announced New Initiatives to Support California Workers Impacted by COVID-19.

Colorado: SBDC announces multiple programs and grants to help small business in 2021


The city’s (Denver) business owners can apply for cash grants up to $7,500 as part of Denver Economic Development and Opportunity’s emergency relief program. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock also announced the creation of a $4 million small business relief fund.

The San Luis Valley Development Resources Group (SLVDRG) is partnering with Energize Colorado to administer a new hybrid grant and loan fund available to Colorado small businesses and non-profits. The Energize Colorado Gap Fund will provide over $25 million in total funding to boost businesses impacted by COVID-19.

Connecticut: CONNCORP and The Economic Justice Fund (EJF) is SUPPORTING FOR BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES THROUGH GRANTS UP TO $10,000. Applications open thru April 5, 20201. Multiple rounds. 


Women's Development Council has an equity match grant program. Grants up to $10,000 are available to women–owned and/or minority–owned businesses in Connecticut and are designed to help these businesses pivot, expand or restructure during pandemic times and beyond.


Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he is creating the Connecticut CARES Small Business Grant Program to assist small businesses and nonprofits that have been impacted by the economic downturn caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic. The program will provide businesses and nonprofits in Connecticut that have fewer than twenty employees or a 2019 payroll of less than $1.5 million with a one-time grant of $5,000.

Deleware: State of Delaware, New Castle County Launch $100M Grant Program for Small Businesses and Nonprofits Statewide. The program is expected to reach more than 3,000 small businesses and nonprofit organizations with grants of up to $100,000. The Division of Small Business is administering the program. Multiple rounds.

Florida: Governor Ron DeSantis announced that the state has received $85.8 million in CARES Act funding to address housing instability and homelessness across Florida.

These funds will be released in two separate disbursements, $20 million and $65 million, and will be used to provide rental assistance, support emergency shelters, and conduct street outreach programs to connect unsheltered individuals experiencing homelessness with local housing and other essential services, according to the release.


The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is providing loans up to $50,000 with one-year terms to small businesses with 2 to 100 employees.

Georgia: Atlanta: The Atlanta City Council approved Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ call for a $7 million coronavirus emergency fund that will allocate $1.5 million to small businesses.

Hawaii: The state is launching a new $25 million grant program aimed at helping businesses “pivot” amid the pandemic to attract new customers or woo back existing ones.

The Hawaii Business Pivot Grant program will fund 2,500 businesses and nonprofits (with fewer than 100 employees) with grants of up to $10,000.

Illinois: Gov. Pritzker announces help for small businesses is coming from the state of Illinois in the form of a second round of COVID-19 relief grants. The grants total $220 million and those preparing for new restrictions can be first in line. 

Chicago South, West Side Business Owners and Nonprofits can now apply For $250,000 Neighborhood Opportunity Fund Grants.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot revealed a $100 million Chicago Small Business Resiliency Loan Fund that will provide low-interest loans to the city’s struggling small businesses.

Indiana: Gov. Eric J. Holcomb announced the Indiana Small Business Restart Grant for small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The program is funded at $31 million by federal funding made available through the CARES Act – $30 million approved by the state and an additional $1 million allocated by the city of Indianapolis for small businesses located in Marion County. Of the state’s $30 million, at least $5 million is reserved for certified minority- and women-owned businesses.

Iowa: Governor Kim Reynolds announced the creation of an Iowa Small Business Relief Program that will allocate grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000, as well as tax deferrals.

Kansas: Governor Laura Kelly announced $37.5 million Small Business Working Capital (SBWC) grant program for small businesses. usinesses with fewer than 500 employees were eligible to apply for the SBWC grant funding.

Kentucky: Governor Andy Beshear signed Executive Order 2020-968, that dedicated federal Coronavirus Relief Funds in the amount of $40 million for a Food and Beverage Relief Fund. Grants are up to $20,000.

Louisiana: New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell and State Treasurer John Schroder announced a $275 million grant campaign to offset the costs incurred by small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. Businesses can apply for a maximum of $15,000 in funding each. 

Maine: Maine will use $200 million in federal stimulus funds to provide grants to small businesses and nonprofits affected by the coronavirus-induced recession. The maximum award under the program will be $100,000.

Maryland: The state’s Department of Commerce released two initiatives for small businesses: a $50 million Emergency Relief Grant Fund that offers grant amounts up to $10,000 and a $75 million Emergency Relief Loan Fund that will provide businesses with 50 or fewer employees loans up to $50,000. On Oct. 22, 2020, Maryland Gov. Hogan plans to draw $250 million from Rainy Day Fund to help businesses struggling due to coronavirus.

Baltimore Gas & Electric Co.  launched a $15 million grant program fro small businesses in their service area. Businesses can apply for grants up to $20,000.

Massachusetts: Governor Charlie Baker announced a $10 million relief fund for Massachusetts businesses affected by the coronavirus. Funds up to $75,000 are immediately available for companies with fewer than 50 full- and part-time employees.

Baker launches $668 million relief plan to help small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Another $45 million added to the fund. 

Michigan: The State of Michigan has allocated $55 million to implement the Michigan Small Business Survival Grant Program to support the needs of Michigan businesses that have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 virus and the Gatherings and Mask Order. Grant awards up to $20,000.

The Michigan Economic Development Corp. received approval to implement a Michigan Small Business Relief Program that will allocate $10 million in small business grants and $10 million in small business loans to local business owners.

Michigan: The State of Michigan has appropriated $100 million of federal CARES Act funding through SB 690, signed into law by Governor Whitmer, to implement the Michigan Small Business Restart Program to support Michigan’s small businesses that are reopening and have experienced a loss of income as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Another $100 million added to the program. 

The Pure Michigan Small Business Relief Initiative will utilize federal CARES Act funding to provide $10 million in grants to meet the urgent need of Michigan small businesses disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 virus. 


Emergency Relief: Home, Utilities & Burial is available through Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS).

Minnesota: The state’s Department of Employment and Economic Development will be providing interest-free emergency loans ranging from $2,500 to $35,000 to Minnesota-based businesses in need.

Mississippi: On May 20, 2020, Governor Tate Reeves signed SB2772 into law, establishing the Back to Business Mississippi Grant Program. Grants start at $3,500.

The grants will be used to help businesses in Mississippi with 50 or fewer employees recover from the economic impact of COVID-19, including operating expenses and salaries.

Nebraska: Governor Pete Ricketts is launching several new grant programs. Combined, the programs will award $387 million in grants, using federal coronavirus relief dollars, to help get the Nebraska economy growing in the coming weeks and months. The new programs will be administered by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development in partnership with the Nebraska Departments of Labor and Agriculture. 

Nevada: Up to $20K in COVID grants available for small business in rural Nevada counties. he Nevada Small Business Development Center will help businesses through the application process; the center has hired three small-business advisors, as well as a new lead business development advisor, Jamie Schwartz, to assist with the program. 

New Jersey: New Jersey State Emergency COVID-19 Relief Programs provides grants for small business and financial assistance to residents. Several programs available. Check for multiple rounds.


Gov. Phil Murphy announced more than $100 million to help owners and renters. The bulk of the money, some $70 million, will go to small and micro-businesses and restaurants, which have been ravaged by the pandemic.

In addition:

New Mexico: lawmakers on passed a bipartisan coronavirus relief bill that will deliver a one-time $1,200 check to all types of unemployed workers and up to $50,000 for certain businesses. The more than $300 million relief plan is now headed to the governor’s desk. After she signs it, that money will be given out to New Mexicans and local businesses hit hardest by the pandemic.

The New Mexico Economic Development Department created the COVID-19 Business Loan Guarantee Program to aid small businesses seeking emergency loans or lines of credit. The program can guarantee a portion of a loan or line of credit up to 80% of principal or $50,000.

New York: The state launches its $800M small business recovery program. Small businesses across New York state can start applying for up to $50,000 in grants when program opens June 10, 2021. Businesses will be able to use the grants on operating expenses incurred during the pandemic, including on payroll, rent or mortgage payments, taxes and utilities.

New York City: The NYC Small Business Services is offering businesses with fewer than five employees grants to cover 40% of payroll costs for two months. Businesses with fewer than 100 employees and sales decreases of 25% or more will be eligible for zero-interest loans up to $75,000. Governor Andrew Cuomo also announced a new New York Forward Loan Program: a $100 million recovery loan program aimed at supporting New York State small businesses. 

North Carolina: The North Carolina Department of Administration has launched a new grant program, RETOOLNC, to help North Carolina Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) firms impacted by COVID-19.

Additional resources for small businesses impacted by the pandemic are available through the NC Department of Commerce. For example, businesses that experienced extraordinary disruption and were unable to open due to COVID-19 may be able to get assistance through the Mortgage, Utility and Rent Relief (MURR) Program


Ohio: The JobsOhio Inclusion Grant exists to provide financial support for eligible projects in designated distressed communities and/or for businesses owned by underrepresented populations across the state. Grant decisions are based on a number of project factors, including but not limited to company location, company ownership, jobs created and/or retained, and project fixed asset investment. Support is intended for small to medium-sized companies with annual revenues of up to $25 million. All or most qualified projects will require a company to commit to new job and payroll growth.

Gov. Mike DeWine announces $429 Million Relief Program; $162 Million in relief grants for Ohio small businesses. Funding of $125 million for small businesses to receive $10,000 and $37.5 million for bars and restaurants to receive $2,500. More funding coming in 2021.

Oklahoma: Oklahoma County has launched a new program to provide support for businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19. The goal of this new program is to quickly put funding into the hands of small business owners and nonprofits to provide stabilization and help retain jobs in central Oklahoma.

Oregon: OREGON CARES FUND OFFERS GRANTS TO THE STATE'S BLACK COMMUNITY IMPACTED BY COVID-19. The fund provides cash grants to Black individuals, Black-owned businesses, and Black-led nonprofit organizations who have experienced financial adversity due to COVID-19.

Oregon's Commecial Rent Relief  Assistance Program allocatees $100 million for grants to small business and landlords. $28 million that remains undistributed and will go towards Operational Cost Grants. Applications accepted through June 6, 2021. 

Pennsylvania: The COVID-19 Relief Pennsylvania Statewide Small Business Assistance program will provide grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 to small businesses that have been economically impacted by COVID-19. This is not a first-come, first-served program. There will be multiple rounds of application windows. Additional $145 million in funding allocated to the program for struggling bars, hotels, and restaurants. Find which organization is accepting applications for your county here

Philadelphia: The city’s COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund is providing immediate relief to local small businesses in the form of grants and zero-interest loans.

Portland: Small businesses located in Portland’s Jade District or Old Town Chinatown are eligible to receive support through the city’s $190,000 emergency fund. Asian and Pacific Islander business owners will be prioritized.

Rhode Island: Governor Gina Raimondo partnered with Microsoft to provide Web-based Microsoft Office applications to Rhode Island small businesses for free for six months. Goldman Sachs has also committed $10 million in loans for Rhode Island small businesses through a partnership with Rhode Island Commerce Corporation and Community Reinvestment Fund.

The Rhode Island Commerce Corporation announced that a program will provide up to $15,000 in grants to Rhode Island’s small businesses.

The Restore RI program has been championed by Gov. Gina Raimondo as way to help the state’s small businesses struggling to stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic.

Sacramento: The city established a $1 million economic relief fund for businesses that provides 0% interest loans up to $25,000 per business.

Salt Lake City: Business owners based in the area can apply for 0% interest loans up to $20,000 as part of the city’s emergency loan program.

San Diego: Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced a $6 million Small Business Relief Package that will give microloans ranging from $10,000 to $20,000 to local small businesses with 100 or fewer full-time employees.

San Francisco: Small businesses with fewer than five employees are eligible to receive up to $10,000 for staff salaries and rent.

Seattle: The city’s Office of Economic Development is providing $1.5 million in grants up to $10,000 to small businesses. The mayor is also deferring tax payments for business-owner candidates and will set up a small-business recovery task force.

South Carolina: Greenville County has nearly $75 million left to give to small businesses from its CARES Federal Funding Program. These are federal funds that can be used to reimburse businesses for COVID 19 related expenses, even if the business has already received a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan.

South Carolina: S.C. lawmakers approve $40 million in grants for minority, small businesses. The SC CARES Act Grant Management Program says a business could receive between $2,000 and $25,000.

Syracuse: The Syracuse Economic Development Corp. created a $500,000 fund to provide 0%-interest, 180-day emergency loans up to $25,000 to the city’s small businesses.

Tennessee: the Tennessee Department of Revenue, launched the  Tennessee Business Relief Program. Small Business grants up to $30,000.

Texas: Houston City Council approves $30M Covid-relief program, more small business relief funding. Receive up to $50,000 in grants. 

El Paso Chambber offering grants up to $10K for small businessess impacted by COVID-19 to assist with operational safety implementation, .  


Goldman Sachs and the LiftFund, along with other community development financial institutions, are partnering to provide $50 million in loans to small businesses in Texas. Texas Woman’s University also established an AssistHer Emergency Relief Grant for women-owned businesses operating within the state.

Vermont: ACCD and the Department of Taxes are administering Economic Recovery Grants for certain business types. Other state agencies are also administering grants for other types of businesses.

State makes $76M available in third-round of small business grants for hardest hit during the pandemic. Another $11.5M added to the fund.

Virginia: Governor Ralph Northam announced that Rebuild VA, the $70 million economic recovery fund launched in August, is expanding its eligibility criteria to allow more small businesses to apply. Businesses that received funding from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and supply chain partners of businesses whose normal operations were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic are now eligible to receive grants of up to $10,000. An additional $30 million has been added to the program.


Washington: Gov. Jay Inslee signed House Bill 1368 allocating $240 million for small business grants through the Department of Commerces's Working Washington Grant Program. Applications to open late March 2021. 


Gov. Jay Inslee announced that the state would provide additional aid to businesses impacted by COVID-19 restrictions. The state is making an additional $50 million in business grants available, prioritizing those that have been hit the hardest such as event venues, restaurants, movie theaters and bowling alleys. Working Washington Small Business grants are awarded up to $20,000.

Washington D.C.: Mayor Muriel Bowser announced a $100million "Bridge Fund" to support hospitality, entertainment and retail industries.


Mayor Muriel Bowser launched the new Small Business Resiliency Fund to provide $3 million in emergency operational funding for small and local businesses located in the District. The fund will provide much-needed capital to assist brick-and-mortar businesses with a $10,000 grant to support business model pivots, continuity plan and infrastructure development.


West Virginia: A $10.3 million federal grant has been awarded to the West Virginia Economic Development Authority to help small business owners recover during the pandemic.  

Wisconsin: Gov. Evers announces application dates for $420 million in Wisconsin Tomorrow Small Business Recovery Grants. Grants for small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic will open at 8 a.m. Monday, May 24 through 4:30 p.m. Monday, June 7, 2021. The grants will provide as many as 84,000 Wisconsin small businesses with annual gross revenue between $10,000 and $7 million with a flat award of $5,000.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. launched Small Business 20/20—a $5 million grant program that will give companies with fewer than 20 employees up to $20,000.

Private/Nonprofit Companies: 

1863 Ventures Launches 3Rs Business Development Program with Funding from Capital One and The Rockefeller Foundation. Through its partnership, 1863 Ventures is providing  Black businesses with curated online business development content, $5,000 grants and 3-months of business coaching. Rolling Applications thru June 2021.

Amazon announced a $5 million Neighborhood Small Business Relief Fund to provide cash grants to local Seattle small businesses. From March 26 to April 30, Amazon Lending is also pausing repayment from sellers who have outstanding loans, and seller loans will not accrue interest during this time period. Multiple rounds. 

American Express, a credit card company in partnership with a the “Coalition to Back Black Businesses” Grant Program with a $10 Million Commitment. Annual grants are awarded in the fall each year.

Bacardi Backing the B.A.R. Grant Program (Round 2) is open businesses that are at least 51% black-owned with a liquor license or aspirations for a liquor license. Please join the pre-grant webconference where attendees will learn more about the application process on Monday, June 14 from 2:00-3:00 pm EST. Register now. 

Barefoot Wine is providing #WeStanForHer Business Grants  of $10,000 to support economic equity, Barefoot Wines is investing in Black women-owned businesses that provide spaces, products and services that center, celebrate and uplift Black women. New round Feb. 2021.

Beyonce's BEYGOOD Foundation has partnered with the NAACP to launch The Black-Owned Small Business Impact Fund.
The fund - providing grants in the amount of $10,000 - 'will be offered to Black-owned small businesses in select cities to help sustain businesses.  Beyonce added $1 million to the fund. Adidas added $10 million to the fund. 
Multiple rounds to be awarded.

Beyoncé to give $5,000 grants to families facing eviction. A total of 100 grants will be awarded. 

Black Ambition: Pharrell Williams Launches Black Ambition, a non-profit initiative that will provide a bridge to success for Black and Latinx entrepreneurs who are launching tech, design, healthcare, and consumer products/services start-ups. Black Ambition is committed to leveling the playing field and fostering the ingenuity, determination, and resilience of underrepresented entrepreneurs. The Black Ambition Prize will find, support, and seed early-stage companies in tech, design, healthcare, and consumer products and services. Ventures must have at least one founder or co-founder that identifies as Black/African/African American and/or Hispanic/Latino/a/Latinx. The grand prize winner will receive up to a $1 million prize and at least nine additional teams will receive smaller prizes.

Boss Women Media Home Hustlers 4 week business building workshop & pitch competition in partnership with Square to win $5,000 for Black female entrepreneurs. Annual Fall program.

Caress has announced a $1,000,000 investment over the next 2 years to support women of color entrepreneurs through a founding partnership with IFundWomen of Color. IFundWomen of Color (IFWOC), is the leading platform for diverse entrepreneurs to raise capital through crowdfunding, grants, and coaching. Through this partnership these entrepreneurs will receive the support needed to stay open, re-open, and ensure their long-term success. Beginning with a $500,000 immediate relief donation to support 200 women of color entrepreneurs, already in the IFWOC community, with funding and IFWOC group coaching, mentorship, and connections needed to sustain their businesses. 

Caress Dreams to Reality grant $1,000 + $1,500 coaching for women entrepreneurs of color. Multiple rounds.

Cartier Women's Initiative awards 21 women entrepreneurs a regional grant (based on their location in the world) of up to $100,000. Businesses must be issue-driven, with a focus on economic, environmental or other areas of sustainability. Additionally, a fellowship program offers opportunities like mentorship, financial consulting and high-stakes speaking opportunities. Annual competition.

Citi Trends is celebrating Black History Month by providing $5,000 grants to black entrepreneurs. Only applicants in the following product categories will be considered: Apparel, Beauty, Skin Care, Hair Care, Footwear, Home Décor, Bedding, Bath, Technology or Accessories. New annual program.

Chick-Fil-A True Inspiration Awards™ program was created in 2015 to honor the legacy of Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy. Through these annual grants, we are proud to celebrate and support nonprofit organizations who are Black-led or serve communities of color and who are working in the areas of education, hunger or homelessness. Applications for the 2022 True Inspiration Awards are open March 1 through May 31, 2021 for U.S. and Canada. Annual program.

Citizens Bank 4th annual Small Business Champion Award Grant program begins Feb. 2021. Grants of $10,000 will be awarded. Businesses must either have a business bank account with them or be located in it's service area. Annual program. 

A Community Thrives, part of USA Today Network, launched its Thrive Crowdfund & Grant Program for nonprofits up to $100,000.

Clubhouse has launched its Creator First Accelerator Program which includes a $5K/month grant. Deadline March 31. Annual program.

Comcast, a technology company has launched the Comcast Rise Grant program for small business. In addition to $10,000, awardees may receive marketing consultations, media placements, commercial creative production services, or technology services from Effectv and Comcast Business. Grants are awarded quarterly.

Digital Undivided has launch the Doonie Fund, which provides an immediate economic investment of $100 for black women who own businesses. Multiple rounds. 

Through the 12-month Do You Fellowship, Digital Undivided will award a select group of promising Black and Latinx female entrepreneurs and innovators with access to unparalleled resources and mentorship, professional development, business development, and opportunities to connect and collaborate with a powerful community of founders at the top of their industries. Includes a $5,000 grant. 

DoorDash announces its 2021 Main Street Strong Accelerator program for restaruant businesses that includes a $20,000 grant. Check eligible cities. Annual program.

(EDA) U.S. Economic Development Administration FY21 Build to Scale program is now live with $38M in funding available to build regional economies through scalable startups. Under the Build to Scale Program, EDA is soliciting applications for two separate competitions: Venture Challenge and Capital Challenge.  This is for businesses and organizations that support entrepreneurs and business owners.  

Everygirl Media Group Foundation announced the inaugural The Everygirl’s Women-Owned Business Grant powered by La Marca Prosecco. Four $5,000 grants will be awarded to women who own small businesses or are pursuing entrepreneurial endeavors. Multiple rounds. 

FedEx FedEx is offering $1 million in grants to minority businesses thru its Ecommerce Learning Lab Program. Applications open July 12. 

FedEx has an annual small business grant contest up to $50,000 to power small business growth. 

Fearless Fund has Venture Ready Program w/$5,000 grant for women founders of color. Annual program. 

Fiserv Back2Business Grant program launched for minority business owners to receive funding of $10,000. Limited to the following geographic areas: Atlanta, Chicago, Miami, Milwaukee, New York and Oakland.

Freelancers Union created a relief fund that will offer financial assistance of up to $1,000 per freelance household.

GoFundMe has partnered with Yelp to allow independent businesses to start fundraisers and accept donations through Yelp’s pages. The Yelp Foundation and GoFundMe also both pledged to donate up to $1 million to the Small Business Relief Fund.

Goldman Sachs announced a slew of initiatives to support small businesses impacted by COVID-19, including a Small Business Stimulus Package allocating $250 million in emergency loans and $25 million in grants. The company has committed a total of $300 million.

The Impact Challenge for Women and Girls commits $25 million to fund organizations creating pathways to prosperity for women and girls. This is an open call for applications, and selected charitable initiatives will receive up to $2 million, as well as opportunities for mentorship and additional support from Google. Applications accepted on rolling basis. 

Google’s pledge to donate $800 million for COVID-19 relief includes efforts to help small and medium-sized businesses gain access to capital.

Google for Startups Accelerator for Women Founders is a three-month digital accelerator program for Seed to Series A technology startups based in the U.S. and Canada. 

Google Black Startup Founder Grant and Accelerator program. Selected founders receive between $50,000 and $100,000 in capital along with hands-on support to help their startup grow. Annual program.  

Hennessy launches its annual Never Stop Never Settle Accelerator and Grant up to $50,000 for black founders in March 2021. Annual program.

Hennessy, a beverage company launched the Unfinished business Minority Grant for minority businesses in the U.S. Multiple rounds. 

Hidden Star, a nonprofit organization focused on entrepreneurship has the $2,500 Galexy Grant for minority and women owned businesses. Multiple rounds.

Honeycomb Credit, an investment crowdfunding platform, announced a small business relief loan program that’s providing $10,000 to $50,000 in working capital to qualifying businesses.

IFundWomen, a crowdfunding platform for women partners with other companies and organizations to offer many grants for women in business. Start a funding campaign. Get on their email list. 

James Beard Foundation started a Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund to provide microgrants to independent food and beverage small businesses in need. Additional grants for food and beverage businesses  majoity owned by Black and Indigenous individuals up to $15,000. 

Jane Walker in partnership with IFundWomen launched the Women First Grant Program for ground-breaking women-owned businesses. Grants of $10,000 will be awarded along with 1 year free coaching.

KKR Small Business Builders grants are designed to help business owners sustain their enterprises, maintain or create jobs, and spur economic opportunity as they respond to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and recover from its resultant economic dislocation. Grants available to businesses in the United States, United Arab Emirates, Spain, Singapore, Luxembourg, Japan, Ireland, India, Germany, France, England, China, or Australia. Multiple Rounds. Round 4 is open.

Linktree in partnership with Square launched the Passion Fund to provide global grants up to $20,000 for activists, creators & enterpreneurs. Deadline July 7.

LISC Neighborhood Business Grants are available to 15 U.S. locations; $15 million grant fund. LISC has multiple grant programs and multiple rounds. Multiple rounds.

Lowes, a home improvement company in partnership with LISC launched a grant for minority and women owned businesses. Multiple rounds.

Mastercard launches new Start Path program dedicated to supporting traditionally underrepresented fintech founders to ensure minority led startups  have access to funding necessary to scale. Participants will receive stage-relevant supportt, including enterprise partnership readiness training, mentorship and coaching, as well as curated commerial and investor introductions. Masterclass will consider grants or investments in participating startups on a case-by-case basis. 

McBride Sisters Wine's annual She Can Thrive grant program for women and women business owners reopens May 2021. Deadline for to apply for 2021 is June 15, 2021, at midnight PST.

Meda, a nonprofit announces Third Annual "Million Dollar Challenge for Minority EntrepreneursThis year's competition will continue to include the Boot Camp for Successful Pitches as well as the final pitch and award ceremony, hosted entirely online. 

Annual program.  

NAACP, in partnership with Vistaprint and the Boston Celtics is providing Power Forward grants for black businesses on east coast of $25,000. Businesses mist be in the following states: Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, or select areas of Connecticut.

National Association of Self Employed (NASE) is awarding $4,000 small business grants to members. Multiple rounds. 

National Black MBA Association has an annual Scale-up Pitch Challenge Competition with grant awards up to $50,000. 


National Black Business Pitch (NBBP): is a competition designed to connect Black-owned businesses to corporations who seek to expand and diversify their supply chain with new products and services. Complete the application and submit your pitch video by June 21, 2021. Finalists will pitch August 17-19, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. PST

National Trust for Historic Preservation in partnership with Hartford, has created the HeartBeat of Mainstreat grant program to support brick-and-mortar businesses in commercial districts as they enter the next phases of reopening across the country. Grants of $5,000 to $15,000 will be awarded on a competitive and first-come, first-served basis. Multiple rounds.

NAV, a small business lending company has a Small Business Grant up to $10,000. Multiple rounds.

Pearl Mill Company has the P.E.A.R.L. PLEDGE GRANT up to $100,000 for nonprofits that align with their mission to empower black women & girls. Deadline June 23.

Pen America emergency grants up to $1,000 for writers. Multiple rounds. 

Pepsico, a beverage company TO INVEST OVER $400 MILLION IN BLACK COMMUNITY, including grants for black owned businesses. 

The PepsiCo Foundation Hispanic Business Program will provide $10,000 grants to 150 Hispanic-owned food and beverage businesses. Eligible businesses must have earned less than $1 million in 2020 and be located in Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Chicago, Miami, Denver, New York City, El Paso, Orlando, Phoenix, Albuquerque, or Las Vegas. Grant applications will be accepted through June 25.

SBA Launches 6th Annual Growth Accelerator Fund Competition, Debuts SBIR Catalyst to Award over $5 Million in Prizes. Deadline July 2.

The SBA has launched the $100 million Community Navigator Pilot Program as part of the Amercian Rescue Plan Act with grants up to $5 million to connect small businesses with SBA assistance. Organizations and nonprofits with 501 3c status. Goal is to strengthen outreach to businesses in underserved communities. Deadline is July 12, 2021.

She Boss Talk, a media marketing company has launched the She Boss Up Fund to provide grants to women business owners in the United States financially impacted by COVID-19. To learn more about the fund, to apply, donate, partner or nominate a deserving woman, click here. Register for the next round coming 3rd quarter 2021.

She Moisture, a beauty company for multicultural women has launched grants for minority women businesses and social justice activists. Multiple grants and multiple rounds. 

Stacy's Rise Project grants and mentorship for femal founded businesses. Selected recipients will receive a $10,000 grant to help grow their business. You’ll also be connected with PepsiCo/Frito-Lay leaders and other industry experts through a virtual mentorship program. The deadline to apply is 6 p.m. ET on July 9, 2021.

Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Small Business Growth & Recovery Fund is supporting American small businesses with $20,000 grants to help address some of the longstanding challenges, including gender and racial inequality and other socioeconomic barriers, that small business owners face in accessing capital. Multiple rounds. 

SoGal Foundation has teamed up with Winky LuxbluemercurytwelveNYC and Lively to make a small step towards progress by providing at $10K and $5K cash grants to Black women or nonbinary entrepreneurs. Multiple rounds.

Texas Women's University Center for Women Entrepreneurs has launched the StartHer grant program which helps women business owners—current or aspiring—to undertake new and innovative projects. Up to 10 business owners will be selected to each receive a $5,000 grant. Multiple rounds. Next round should open in Sept 2021.

Tory Burch Fellows Program w/ $5,000 educational grant for women entrepreneurs. One-year Fellowship with the Tory Burch Foundation that includes virtual education programming, workshops and business guidance. Multiple rounds. 


U.S. Chamber of Commerce opened its Dream Big Awards. The annual Dream Big Awards offers a $25,000 cash prize to the Small Business of the Year winner. The application deadline is July 16, 2021. You can apply for the awards as a small business or be referred by a local Chamber of Commerce or trade organization. 

Wish, one of the largest and fastest growing global ecommerce platforms, announced the launch of a $2 million fund to support independent, black-owned retail businesses across the US. Multiple rounds.

Women's Net, a network for women has a rolling monthly Amber grant contest that awards $10,000 to a deserving woman entrepreneur with eligibility to win the annual $25,000 grant. Additional grants launched as of 2021. Check website for details. 





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