COVID-19 Relief Resources for U.S. Small Businesses (focus on Retailers and Brands)
Note: this document will no longer be updated as of 05/21/20, due to declining demand to maintain it. You can still check the links below as a starting point for available resources, as well as the resources provided by the National Governor's Association:
Last updated: 05/21/20
Entity ProgramDescription Eligibility / Information
Federal ResourcesU.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)Economic Injury Disaster Loan ProgramThe U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance for each affected small business. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.

These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.

According to the U.S. Senate, small businesses can get both EIDL and PPP loans, as long as they don't pay for the same expenses. Before taking both, check with a financial advisor or lender.
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)Paycheck Protection ProgramThe Paycheck Protection Program is for any small business with less than 500 employees (including sole proprietorships, independent contractors and self-employed persons), private non-profit organization or 501(c)(19) veterans organizations affected by coronavirus/COVID-19.
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)SBA Express Bridge LoansThe Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program allows small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing and can be a term loans or used to bridge the gap while applying for a direct SBA Economic Injury Disaster loan.
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)SBA Debt ReliefThe SBA will automatically pay the principal, interest, and fees of current 7(a), 504, and microloans for a period of six months. The SBA will also automatically pay the principal, interest, and fees of new 7(a), 504, and microloans issued prior to September 27, 2020.
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)7(a) Loan ProgramThe U.S. Small Business Administration 7(a) Loan Program is designed to help small businesses that are creditworthy but cannot qualify for a conventional loan. The SBA works with participating lenders to reduce their risk, increasing the likelihood of your loan’s approval.
Internal Revenue Service Tax Deadline Extension Tax Day now July 15: Treasury, IRS extend filing deadline and federal tax payments regardless of amount. For tax payments of up to $10 million, the IRS has also extended the deadline for both individuals and businesses to July 15, 2020. Estimated tax payments for 2020 originally due on April 15 will now be due on July 15.
U.S. CongressFamilies First Coronavirus Response ActThis bill responds to the coronavirus outbreak by providing paid sick leave and free coronavirus testing, expanding food assistance and unemployment benefits, and requiring employers to provide additional protections for health care workers.
U.S. CongressCoronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)A bill to provide emergency assistance and health care response for individuals, families, and businesses affected by the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, including:

Lending and grants for small businesses

Establishing a bridge loan facility that will enable businesses to continue to pay employees and provide essential operations

Pausing the payment of payroll taxes
State ResourcesEntity ProgramDescription Eligibility / Information
Alabama Alabama Department of RevenueSales Tax Relief for Small Retail BusinessesFor small businesses unable to pay their state sales taxes due to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19), penalties will be waived for taxes reported for returns filed for the February, March, and April 2020 reporting periods.

This relief is automatic for small retailers filing their February, March, and April 2020 state sales tax returns.  Similar sales tax relief may be available on a case-by-case basis to other businesses significantly impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the preventative measures being taken to limit its spread in Alabama. These taxpayers may contact the Department’s Sales and Use Division at 334-242-1490 to request relief.
Alabama Department of LaborSupport for Workers Impacted by COVID-19Alabama workers who are not able to work due to COVID-19 will be eligible to file for unemployment benefits.

Based on current guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor, the Alabama Department of Labor is modifying existing unemployment compensation rules to allow workers to file a claim for unemployment compensation benefits who are affected in any of the following way: 
1) Those who are quarantined by a medical professional or a government agency, 
2) Those who are laid off or sent home without pay for an extended period by their employer due to COVID-19 concerns, 
3) Those who are diagnosed with COVID-19, 
4) Or, those who are caring for an immediate family member who is diagnosed with COVID-19.
Workers can file for benefits online at or by calling 1-866-234-5382. Online filing is encouraged.
Alabama Department of RevenueTax Deadline ExtensionThe state income tax filing due date is extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020.Taxpayers can also defer state income tax payments due on April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020, without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed. This deferment applies to all taxpayers, including individuals, trusts and estates, corporations and other non-corporate tax filers.
City of BirminghamBirmingham Strong Emergency Loan FundThe Birmingham Strong Emergency Loan Fund is an emergency loan fund to provide zero-interest, 180-day loans to small businesses (less than 50 employees) of no more than $25,000 (with an average loan size of $10,000) to (a) prevent staff reductions; (b) offset losses related to the Coronavirus; and (c) help companies sponsor sick pay for workers.
The Community Foundation of West AlabamaSmall Business Relief FundThe Small Businesss Relief Fund must be located in one of the following counties in West Alabama: Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Marengo, Pickens, Sumter, or Tuscaloosa
TruFund Financial ServicesSmall Business LendingTruFund provides financing and business services to small businesses that cannot access affordable financing through traditional sources. Applicable to: Alabama, New York, Louisiana
AlaskaAlaska Division of Economic DevlopmentSmall Business Economic Development ProgramEligibility for the SBED program includes all communities in the state of Alaska with a population of less than 30,000. Loans in communities of 30,000 or more are available on a limited basis, depending on funds availability.
Alaska Division of Economic DevlopmentRural Development Initiative FundLoans may be made to a business located in a community with a population of 5,000 or less that is not connected by road or rail to Anchorage or Fairbanks, or with a population of 2,000 or less that is connected by road or rail to Anchorage or Fairbanks. A $150 nonrefundable application fee must be submitted with the completed application
Alaska Division of Economic DevlopmentMicroloan Loan ProgramThe Microloan Loan Program is to promote economic development in Alaska by helping small businesses access needed capital. Loans may be made for working capital, equipment, construction or other commercial purposes for a business located in Alaska.A $100 nonrefundable application fee must be submitted with the completed application.
Alaska Industrial Development and Export AuthoritySustaining Alaska’s Future Economy Guaranty ProgramThe AK SAFE Program will be made available to Alaska’s banks and financial institutions for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency disaster as proclaimed by Governor Mike Dunleavy. AIDEA will make up to $50,000,000 available for loan guarantees under AK SAFE, and subject to authorization for a statutory change, the Authority will increase the program cap to $1,000,000,000.
ArizonaArizona Department of Economic SecurityUnemployment InsuranceGovernor Doug Ducey increased access to unemployment benefits. These resources are applied retroactively to hardships experienced after March 11, 2020. Applications will be accepted beginning March 23, 2020.
Arizona Community Foundation
Arizona COVID-19 Community Response Fund
The Fund will support nonprofit organizations across the state as they respond to the impact of COVID-19 within our community.
Flagstaff Arts Council Art & Science Grant Fund CommitteeFlagstaff Arts CouncilIf you are an art, science, and culture non-profit that is impacted by a closure or acute revenue loss associated with COVID-19 that an emergency grant would help avert immediate fiscal crisis, please contact Executive Director Jonathan Stone (
Arizona TogetherAZ Coronovirus Relief FundThe AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund will provide financial support to organizations working to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 in Arizona.
Local First ArizonaLFA's Small Business Relief FundLocal First Arizona and its community partners are launching a fund to provide mini-grants to Arizona's smallest, locally owned, independent enterprises. These micro-entrepreneurs — businesses with 0-3 employees and less than $250,000 in annual revenue (approximately $35k-$45k in net profits) — need immediate assistance to sustain the impact from decreased business and cash flow caused by the shut down of our economy.
Growth Partners ArizonaSmall Business Success LoanGrowth Partners Arizona can also help your business during the loan term to develop effective financial and other business practices so your business can grow. When you borrow from GPAz and pay the loan back on time, you improve the credit history of your business, making it easier in the future to borrow from a bank. And, you also “pay it forward” by making our loan funds available for other borrowers.
Growth Partners ArizonaNonprofit FinancingGrowth Partners Arizona supports 1) program expansion, 2) social enterprises, and 3) cash flow gaps while nonprofits await, for example: donations, membership/subscription fees, conclusion of major fundraising campaign, grants or other reimbursements.
Community Investment CorporationDisaster Relief MicroloanCommunity Investment Corporation has created an emergency microloan fund to support southern Arizona businesses that are affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. This program is designed to help bridge current and impending cash flow for small businesses as the details for a government stimulus package and qualifications for assistance are finalized.
Invest Southwest and LeadMDAZ Local Impact Fund(Launching Soon!) Invest Southwest and LeadMD have joined forces to launch the AZ Local Impact Fund, created in response to COVID-19. The relief fund aims to provide financial support to small businesses and those they employ in order to preserve the local economy and inject much-needed financial support during this challenging time.
Community Foundation for Southern ArizonaCFSA’s COVID-19 Community Support FundFunds will be distributed to nonprofit organizations serving Arizona’s most vulnerable with a focus on providing basic human needs and access to healthcare to affected populations, including low-income individuals, residents without access to healthcare, older adults, health care workers, first responders, LGBTQ+ individuals, disabled residents and communities of color. Funds may be available for other populations and needs as they emerge.
Community Foundation for Southern ArizonaCFSA’s COVID-19 Nonprofit Event Relief FundThe COVID-19 Nonprofit Event Relief Fund provides a one-time grant award to organizations that, due to COVID-19, have had to cancel critical fundraising events and programming, resulting in a significant hardship on the organization. This general operating support grant can replace lost revenue and non-recoverable expenses.
ArkansasArkansas Economic Development CommissionCommunity Development Block Grant (CDBG)Up to $12 million in CDBG assistance will be made available for COVID19 relief and recovery. This money will be used to provide grants to eligible local governments with which to provide direct economic assistance in the form of loans to companies impacted by COVID19 and grants to clinics, hospitals and other non-profits who are working hard to provide care in rural Arkansas and to vulnerable populations such as the homeless. AEDC is undertaking necessary regulatory steps required by the federal government to implement this assistance. This page will be updated as more information becomes available.Email:
Phone: 501-682-1121 or toll-free: 1-800-ARKANSAS
Arkansas Economic Development CommissionQuick Action Loan Program * Allocation of $4,000,000 from the Governor's Quick Action Closing Fund
* Eligible companies may apply for a loan or loan guaranty of up to $250,000.
* Prioritize small to medium-sized companies that are in the supply chain of essential goods and services (including healthcare, food manufacturing, logistics)
Phone: 501-682-1121 or toll-free: 1-800-ARKANSAS
Arkansas Division of Workforce ServicesShared Work Unemployment Compensation Program* Provides an alternative for employers faced with a reduction in their workforce
* Allows an employer to divide available work or hours of work among a specific group(s) of employees in lieu of a layoff
* Allows the employees to receive a portion of their unemployment benefits while working reduced hours
Arkansas Community FoundationCOVID-19 Relief FundIn the short term, the fund will provide rapid-response grants to nonprofit organizations working on the front lines. This critical funding will enable them to maintain operations and support the increased demand for services. In the intermediate term, the fund will focus on addressing the ongoing economic needs of Arkansans affected by the pandemic and shoring up critical systems in our state, such as healthcare, emergency food distribution, schools, etc.
Woman's FoundationWoman OwnedThe Women’s Foundation of Arkansas has established Women Owned, a fund to provide assistance to women owned small businesses experiencing hardship due to COVID-19
Blue & You FoundationRapid-Response COVID ReliefThe Blue & You Foundation has an online application process for its regular grants of $5,000 to $150,000, with a July 15 application deadline. To be eligible, applicants must be a 501(c)(3) public charity, public school, governmental agency, nonprofit hospital or church in Arkansas.
California Employment Development DepartmentDisability Insurance ClaimsIf you’re unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim. DI provides short-term benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week.

The Governor’s Executive Order waives the one-week unpaid waiting period, so you can collect DI benefits for the first week you are out of work. If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim.
Employment Development DepartmentPaid Family Leave ClaimIf you’re unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim. PFL provides up to six weeks of benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages because they need time off work to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a new child. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week. If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim.
Employment Development DepartmentTax Deadline Extension Employers experiencing a hardship as a result of COVID-19 may request up to a 60-day extension of time from the EDD to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest. A written request for extension must be received within 60 days from the original delinquent date of the payment or returnFor questions, employers may call the EDD Taxpayer Assistance Center.

Toll-free from the U.S. or Canada: 1-888-745-3886
Hearing impaired (TTY): 1-800-547-9565
Outside the U.S. or Canada: 1-916-464-3502
California Infrastructure and Economic Development BankDisaster Relief Loan Guarantee ProgramIBank will issue loan guarantees up to 95 percent of the loan through its partner Financial Development Corporations to help small business borrowers who were impacted by disasters or public safety power shutoffs and who need term loans or lines of credit for working capital. Small businesses, including small farms, nurseries, agriculture-related enterprises and nonprofits that have suffered an economic loss Resources for Businesses and/or physical damage may apply. This disaster program will help lenders and small businesses by providing loan guarantees of up to $1 million for small business borrowers in declared disaster areas. They are currently available to small businesses needing assistance to overcome economic injury caused by COVID-19.
California Infrastructure and Economic Development BankJump Start Loan ProgramIBank is offering loans from $500 to $10,000 to low-wealth entrepreneurs in the declared disaster and emergency areas through its Jump Start Loan Program. IBank established the Jump Start Loan Program in 2016 as a small loan and financial literacy/technical assistance program designed for low-income small businesses in low-wealth communities, including businesses owned by women, minorities, veterans, people with disabilities and those previously incarcerated. Access to IBank’s Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program and Jump Start Loan Program can be made through its partner Financial Development Corporations (FDCs). They are currently available to small businesses needing assistance to overcome economic injury caused by COVID-19.
California State Treasurer's OfficeCalifornia Capital Access Program (CalCAP)The California Capital Access Program for Small Business (CalCAP SB or Program) encourages banks and other financial institutions to make loans to small businesses that have difficulty obtaining financing. If you own a small business and need a loan for start-up, expansion or working capital, you may receive more favorable loan terms from a lender if your loan is enrolled in the CalCAP Loan Loss Reserve Program. This program helps communities by providing financing to businesses that create jobs and improve the economy. Loans are available up to $5 million. CalCAP is a loan loss reserve program which may provide up to 100% coverage on losses as a result of certain loan defaults. With CalCAP portfolio support, a lender may be more comfortable underwriting small business loans.
Franchise Tax BoardTax Deadline Extension FTB is postponing until July 15 the filing and payment deadlines for all individuals and business entities for:
* 2019 tax returns
* 2019 tax return payments
* 2020 1st and 2nd quarter estimate payments
* 2020 LLC taxes and fees
* 2020 Non-wage withholding payments

Taxpayers do not need to claim any special treatment or call FTB to qualify for this relief.
California Department of Tax and Fee Administration Tax Assistance The CDTFA has the authority to assist individuals and businesses impacted by complying with a state or local public health official’s imposition or recommendation of social distancing measures related to COVID-19. This assistance includes granting extensions for filing returns and making payments, relief from interest and penalties, and filing a claim for refund.
City of Sacramento Small Business Emergency Economic Relief Loan ProgramThe City of Sacramento has established a $1 million economic relief fund for businesses affected by COVID-19. The fund will provide zero-percent interest loans of up to $25,000 per business.
City of Los Angeles Small Business Emergency Microloan ProgramThe City of Los Angeles has established Small Business Emergency Microloan Program, providing financing needed to strengthen small business enterprises in this time of acute need that have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak with loans ranging from $5,000 to $20,000.
City of OaklandBusiness Tax Relief The City of Oakland will work with small business owners to help meet their tax obligations in a flexible manner. In response to this crisis, the City’s Finance Department will waive late payment penalties for small businesses resulting from failure to file taxes due March 1, 2020 on time due to COVID-19.To apply for a payment plan or to seek waiver of penalties due to COVID-19, please call the customer service line at (510) 238-3704 or email
San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce DevelopmentDeferred Business Taxes and Licensing Fees* For businesses with up to $10M in gross receipts, the City is deferring payment of quarterly business taxes due April 30, 2020 nine months to February 2021 with no interest or penalties. This will provide immediate cash-flow assistance to 8,050 small businesses.
* The City of San Francisco is deferring collection of annual small business license and permit fees that make up the Unified License Bill for three months to June 30, 2020. This will support more than 10,000 businesses.
San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce DevelopmentSmall Business Resiliency FundThe City of San Francisco has established a fund administered by OEWD to offer emergency grants up to $10,000 for microbusinesses. Businesses must be able to show a recent loss in revenue.
City of San DiegoSmall Business Relief FundThe Small Business Relief Fund is designed to provide grants and forgivable or low- to zero-interest-rate loans to eligible small businesses for working capital. The goal of the SBRF is to help businesses retain employees and sustain continuity of business operations impacted by federal, California, San Diego County and local emergency declarations regarding COVID-19. Approximately $6.1 million is available in the SBRF, which is being administered by the City of San Diego Economic Development Department.
Small Business Finance CenterCalifornia Small Business Loan Guarantee Program & Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee ProgramThe Small Business Finance Center (SBFC) partners with Financial Development Corporations to provide loan guarantees and direct loans for small businesses that experience capital access barriers.
Main Street LaunchSan Francisco Hardship Emergency Loan Program Through the San Francisco Hardship Emergency Loan Program (SF HELP), businesses in San Francisco are eligible for 0% interest rate loans from Main Street Launch in partnership with the City of San Francisco. Loans can be made up to $50,000 at terms of up to six years.
SF Bay AreaFacebookPer FB, up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in more than 30 countries where FB operates will be able to receive the grant. Starts 4/20, and will be opened for two weeks
Berkeley City CouncilBerkeley Relief FundThe Berkeley City Council approved up to $3 million in emergency relief grants for small businesses, nonprofit arts organizations and worker rent support, and has run an outreach effort encouraging the community to help match that amount.
East Bay Community FoundationCOVID-19: A Just East Bay Response Fund COVID-19: A Just East Bay Response Fund will rapidly deploy resources to organizations addressing the social and economic impacts of the broader COVID-19 outbreak, including the immediate needs of communities and organizations affected by coronavirus-related closures. The Fund helps expand local capacity to address all aspects of the outbreak as efficiently as possible.
Colorado Denver Economic Development and Opportunity Small Business Emergency ReliefThe City of Denver is launching an emergency relief fund to address the most immediate needs of the business community. The program prioritizes those industries who are most impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, such as the food industry, nail salons, barbershops, home childcare providers, and retail shops.

Providing up to a $7,500 in cash grants to our most vulnerable, this program is designed to assist eligible small businesses that may have had to temporarily close, have difficulty with paying their rent and utilities, or have had to lay off staff.
Telluride Regional Loan FundTelluride Regional Loan FundIn selective counties, capital loans designed for business growth and expansion. Lending is designed to help businesses create a financial base that leads to bridging to commercial lending
Region 10Region 10 Business Loan FundRegion 10’s Business Loan Fund (BLF) is a lending source that provides capital to small businesses focusing on expansion, creating and retaining jobs, and benefiting our growing regional economy
Exponential ImpactSurvive & Thrive COSSurvive & Thrive COS provides recovery funding in the form of low-interest loans of up to $25,000, mentorship and other resources to support resiliency and continue building healthy businesses. Exponential Impact, in partnership with the Pikes Peak Community Foundation, and various other community partners, businesses, and local investors have teamed up to offer immediate relief services.
Pikes Peak Community FoundationCOVID19 Emergency Relief FundApplications for nonprofit assistance are being accepted on a continuous basis for immediate, mid and long-term efforts.
Survive & Thrive COSSurvive & Thrive COS Small Business Relief FundThe City is working in partnership with Exponential Impact and Pikes Peak Community Foundation to provide mentorship, resources, and relief loans of up to $25,000 for small businesses and nonprofits with 2-25 employees in El Paso County.
Connecticut Department of Revenue ServicesTax Deadline Extension The Department of Revenue Services has extended deadlines for filing and payments associated with certain state business tax returns.

The filing deadlines for certain annual tax returns due on or after March 15, 2020, and before June 1, 2020, are extended by at least 30 days. In addition, the payments associated with these returns are also extended to the corresponding due date in June.
Those who need to contact DRS regarding their specific situation may e-mail us at or call 860-297-5962.
Department of Economic and Community DevelopmentSmall Business Express programThe Small Business Express Program provides an array of financing options to fuel your progress, whether you need an equity investment, capital purchase or working capital. This program is applicable to small businesses as long it: 1. employs not more than 100 employees; 2. has operations or will have operations in Connecticut, registered to do business for at least a year, in good standing with payments
Department of Economic and Community DevelopmentConnecticut Recovery Bridge Loan ProgramUnder the Connecticut Recovery Bridge Loan program, a qualifying business or nonprofit organization can apply for a loan of up to $75,000 or three months of operating expenses (whichever is lesser). This $25 million short-term emergency loan program is administered by the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) and expedited with the administrative and underwriting support of Connecticut Innovations.
Department of Economic and Community DevelopmentMinority Business Revolving Loan FundThrough the Minority Business Revolving Loan Fund program, eligible applicants can apply for term loans and lines of credit from $10,000 to $100,000.
DelawareHoneycomb CreditHoneycomb Crowdfunded Small Business Relief LoanTo help deliver the working capital that businesses need, Honeycomb is offering 45-day payment free periods, 6-month interest-only periods and reducing our posting, success, and investor fees. We're also streamlining our due diligence to connect businesses with local investors as quickly as possible. As always, these loans are community funded via the Honeycomb crowdfunding platform.
Beauty Changes LivesHorst Rechelbacher Foundation: COVID-19 Relief GrantGenerously funded by the Horst Rechelbacher Foundation, these $1,000 grants will provide financial assistance to beauty professionals or students of beauty programs, whose lives have been drastically changed by the mandated closures in response to COVID-19. Available to beauty professionals and students who are unemployed and cannot maintain their regular income during this time, these one-time $1,000 grants will be distributed directly to the applicant to provide temporary financial relief. Applications are open starting April 1, 2020!
Delaware Division of Small BusinessHospitality Emergency Loan Program (HELP)The Delaware Division of Small Business is offering the Hospitality Emergency Loan Program (HELP) to provide funds to some of the businesses and nonprofits in the state most significantly impacted by Coronavirus. The Division will make no-interest loans of up to $10,000 per business per month available to eligible businesses in the hospitality industry.
FloridaFlorida Department of Economic OpportunitySmall Business Emergency Bridge Loan ProgramThe Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is currently available to small business owners located in all Florida counties statewide that experienced economic damage as a result of COVID-19.

These short-term, interest-free working capital loans are intended to “bridge the gap” between the time a major catastrophe hits and when a business has secured longer term recovery resources, such as sufficient profits from a revived business, receipt of payments on insurance claims or federal disaster assistance. Loans are make up to $50,000 per eligible small businesses with two to 100 employees.
Vystar Credit UnionCity of JacksonvilleThe City of Jacksonville and VyStar Credit Union are collaborating on a loan program to assist local small businesses affected by the COVID-19 response. The City’s contribution to the Small Business Lending Program will be between $20 to $30 million, which will be used to provide a combination of grants, interest payments and potential aid toward the principal of the loan, with some elements tied to employee retention. Jacksonville businesses affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19) can apply for the City of Jacksonville COVID-19 Community Relief Loan.
County of Santa RosaSmall Business COVID-19 Recovery GrantSanta Rosa County, Florida, in partnership with the Florida SBDC at UWF, has created the Santa Rosa County Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Grant Program. Santa Rosa County will fund the grant with a contribution of $100,000. The Florida SBDC at UWF will assist eligible for-profit businesses with applying for the grant, UWF will distribute the appropriate funds to businesses who have been awarded the grant, and a third-party review board will be created to review applications.
City of St. Petersburg Fighting Chance Fund To provide relief to small businesses impacted by local COVID-19 orders, the City of St. Petersburg has created the Fighting Chance Fund – an emergency grant for St. Pete’s negatively impacted locally owned and independently operated small businesses.
Georgia City of AtlantaBusiness Continuity Loan FundInvest Atlanta has established a Business Continuity Loan Fund (BCLF) with $1.5 million of funding from the City of Atlanta. The fund will offer small businesses zero-interest loans to address a lack of working capital and cash flows as a result of reduced consumer demand, the ability to fulfill product or service orders and other economic conditions.
HawaiiCity & County Of Honolulu Small Business Relief and Recovery FundSmall Business Relief and Recovery FundThe City and County of Honolulu launched the Small Business Relief and Recovery Fund with the purpose of reimbursing small businesses for costs incurred from business interruption due to Emergency Proclamations and to help small businesses implement safety precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

One-time reimbursement for expenses up to $10,000 to each qualified business that have less than $1,000,000 in gross annual revenue and 30 or fewer employees
Bank of HawaiiForbearance Program / Extension ProgramBank of Hawaii has initiated two financial assistance programs to help Bank of Hawaii loan customers facing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19. The programs are being provided to Bank of Hawaii customers who may be experiencing financial hardship as a result of income interruption resulting from COVID-19.
IdahoGovernment of IdahoRebound Cash Grants for Small BusinessesApplications will be facilitated by the State Tax Commission. To apply, small businesses will need to create a Taxpayer Access Point (TAP) account if they do not already have one. Small businesses are encouraged to create a TAP account as soon as possible, well in advance of the application period opening on May 11. *Subject to qualification (eligibility to be finalized by the Coronavirus Financial Advisory Committee and made available on Tuesday, May 5 at 9 a.m. Mountain Time)
IllinoisCity of Chicago
Chicago Small Business Resiliency Fund
Starting March 31, small businesses in Chicago can apply for low-interest loans of up to $50,000 with repayment terms of up to five years. The amount of the loan you’ll qualify for depends on your revenues before business was affected by the coronavirus.
Who’s eligible: You must demonstrate a 25% drop in revenue, have less than $3 million in revenue and fewer than 50 employees, and have no current tax liens or legal judgments.
Illinois Department of CommerceHospitality Emergency Grant ProgramThe Hospitality Emergency Grant Program with $14 million drawn from funds originally budgeted for job training, tourism promotion, and other purposes are available to support working capital like payroll and rent, as well as job training, retraining, and technology to support shifts in operations, like increased pick-up and delivery. Bars and restaurants with a valid license to serve food or liquor and who generated revenues of less than $1 million in 2019 and hotels with a valid license (hotels, motels other lodging establishments) and who generated revenues of less than $8 million in 2019 eligible.
Illinois Department of CommerceDownstate Small Business Stabilization ProgramTo support small businesses in downstate and rural counties across Illinois, DCEO is repurposing $20 million in CDBG funds to stand up the Downstate Small Business Stabilization Program. This Fund will offer small businesses of up to 50 employees the opportunity to partner with their local governments to obtain grants of up to $25,000 in working capital. These grants will be offered on a rolling basis.
Illinois Department of CommerceIllinois Small Business Emergency Loan FundDCEO and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) are establishing the Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan Fund to offer small businesses low interest loans of up to $50,000. Businesses located outside of the City of Chicago with fewer than 50 workers and less than $3 million in revenue in 2019 will be eligible to apply. Successful applicants will owe nothing for six months and will then begin making fixed payments at a below market interest rate for the remainder of a five-year loan term.
Cook CountyCommunity Recovery InitiativeThe County plans to open applications for the Community Recovery Fund by mid-April. To learn more and sign up for updates when the application opens, please visit
Indiana Indiana Small Business Development Center SBDC Counseling and AdvisingThe Indiana Small Business Development Center, which has 10 regional offices throughout the state, will provide free business advising and application assistance for small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Indy ChamberRapid Response Loan Fund The Rapid Response Loan Fund through the Indy Chamber's Business Ownership Initiative (BOI) and its partners is an affordable option for loans of $1,000-$25,000. These could be used to pay employee salaries, insurance premiums, or as a bridge loan until additional funding kicks in from your bank or from the SBA.
IowaIowa Workforce DevelopmentVoluntary Shared Work ProgramThe Voluntary Shared Work (VSW) program may be a viable option for employers dealing with challenges from COVID-19. The program is intended for use as an alternative to layoffs and can be an effective tool for Iowa businesses experiencing a temporary decline in regular business activity.
Iowa Economic DevelopmentIowa Small Business Relief ProgramThe Iowa Small Business Relief Program will provide financial assistance to small businesses and tax deferrals to any Iowa businesses that have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic
Iowa Economic DevelopmentTargeted Small Business ProgramThe Targeted Small Business (TSB) program is designed to help women, individuals with minority status, service-connected disabled veterans and individuals with disabilities overcome some of the hurdles to start or grow a small business in Iowa.
Iowa Credit. Union FoundationICUF Emergency Relief FundEligible small business owners of this grant program are those: Who operate and own a small business that employees less than five people with an annual operating revenue at or below $250,000, AND Who have experienced economic hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, AND Who are current members of an Iowa credit union
Delta DentalCoronavirus (COVID-19) Nonprofit Emergency Operating Relief GrantsThe Foundation has committed $500,000 for a COVID-19 Nonprofit Emergency Operating Relief Fund. Through this fund the Foundation is offering operating grants of up to $10,000 to Iowa nonprofit organizations focused on providing health and wellness services during this crisis, or addressing food insecurity needs.
KansasDepartment of CommerceHospitality Industry Relief Emergency (HIRE)Kansas allocated $5 million for the Hospitality Industry Relief Emergency (HIRE) fund to provide bridge loans to businesses in the hospitality industry. The loans are for up to $20,000 at a 0% rate over a period of 36 months.
Go TopekaHost Relief ProgramHOST is a small business emergency resource fund that was developed by private sector leaders. Individual donations have been raised with the intent of purchasing products or services from Shawnee County businesses. These resources will be distributed to those workers displaced, temporarily or permanently, as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.
KentuckyLHomeSmall Business Continuity Loan ProgramThe loan program will provide zero-interest loans, with no payments for 12 months, to our smallest businesses (10 full-time employees or fewer) impacted by COVID-19. Small businesses can receive up to $25,000 to cover immediate expenses. Applications will open on Monday, April 6. Business must be located in Jefferson County, KY