Links to Relief Sites
Federal Government of the United States
• The stimulus package of $2 trillion includes $377 billion for small and medium businesses.
• Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance to small businesses.
• The Main Street Business Lending Program will support lending to small-to-mid-sized borrowers facing temporary financial difficulties.
State of Colorado
• Colorado created the Colorado COVID Relief Fund who's purpose is to raise and coordinate allocation of funds based on prevention, impact and recovery needs of community-based organizations in Colorado. This Fund is organized to ensure that the most acute community needs across the state are being addressed and that community voice is reflected in all funding decisions made over time. https://covrn.com/covid-relief-fund/
This Google sheet helps Colorado’s small businesses find alternative funding sources beyond EIDL, PPP, and other federal loans and programs. Please note that this Google sheet is 'live', so you may see changes as we make real-time updates. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/18B-l5Rz8XE14Bn9LdQ1a8oDOpi6kKB1p0v2L_qQtVBE/edit#gid=987142964
COVID-19 Pandemic Scenarios & Unemployment Benefits Available Eligibility and links to apply.
Private and nonprofit institutions.
• Google: Announcing a new $800+ million commitment to support small and medium-sized businesses, health organizations and governments, as well as health workers on the frontline of this global pandemic.
• Hello Alice: $10,000 grants being distributed immediately to small business owners impacted by the coronavirus, as part of our broader mission to ensure Business for All. In addition to funding, grant recipients will receive ongoing support from the Hello Alice community.
• Restaurant Workers Community Foundation: The Restaurant Workers Community Foundation was founded in 2018 to advocate for gender equality, racial justice, fair wages, and healthy work environments in the restaurant industry. In the wake of the coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic, RWCF’s full focus is on supporting workers, small-business owners and an industry in crisis
• US Bank: $30 million has been committed to support COVID-19 relief efforts in communities around the country. This community commitment will support immediate relief and long-term recovery efforts and includes $4 million in the next two weeks to national organizations focused on small business recovery and crisis relief and an additional $26 million to local nonprofits across the country by year’s end.
• USBG National Charity Foundation: The bartender emergency assistance program will help service industry personnel who may be experiencing financial hardship during the coronavirus outbreak. Eligible applicants can receive a grant to help with bills and other costs due to sudden loss or decrease of income. In order to qualify, an applicant must be a bartender or the spouse or child of a bartender.
• Wefunder: The company's Coronavirus Crisis Loans program enabling small businesses to crowdfund loans of $20,000 to $1 million from supporters
Kiva lenders have shown their commitment to providing financial assistance to all by making 0% interest loans to entrepreneurs in the U.S. on Kiva.org for the last 10 years. In today's difficult circumstances, we'd like to make it as easy and impactful as possible for small businesses in the U.S. to have access to affordable capital on the Kiva platform—capital that may be the difference between shutting down and keeping their doors open. https://www.kiva.org/blog/support-local-businesses-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic
LISC Small Business Relief Grants We will support small businesses and enterprises affected the Covid-19 across the country, especially those in underserved communities, including entrepreneurs of color, women- and veteran-owned businesses that often lack access to flexible, affordable capital. Applications will be reviewed based on criteria designed to prioritize particularly challenged businesses, and the final grantees will be randomly selected from the top scoring applicants. https://www.lisc.org/covid-19/small-business-assistance/small-business-relief-grants/
For female entrepreneurs: The Red Backpack Fund grants (applications open May 4
For black business owners: Growth Grant program from National Association of the Self-Employed and Dell
For minority and women business owners: PPP Loans funded by Magic Johnson (apply here)
For mothers: Moms Give Life, Moms Give Community Fund microgrants
Women owned business supporting science, technology https://ambergrantsforwomen.com/get-an-amber-grant/apply-now/
Help women owned businesses https://www.cartierwomensinitiative.com/regional-awards
Social media work https://www.nav.com/business-grant-contest/
Open Meadows Foundation is a grant-making organization seeking projects that promote gender/racial/economic justice. The projects must be led by and benefit women and girls https://sites.google.com/site/openmeadowsfoundation/
Industry specific jewelry https://grant.halsteadbead.com/
Grant portal for women https://www.grantsforwomen.org/
Minority owned businesses https://www.mainstreet.org/howwecanhelp/hartbeat
The Energize Colorado Gap Fund will provide more than $25M in small business loans and grants to boost small business enterprises that are the economic engines throughout the state. Sole proprietors, businesses and nonprofits with less than 25 full-time employees can apply for up to a $15,000 grant and a $20,000 loan for a possible combined total of $35,000 in financial assistance. The application will go live in early August. https://energizecolorado.com/gap-fund/