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Small Business COVID-19 Grant Resources

Jessica Buchholz by Jessica Buchholz, Events Coordinator | April 6, 2020
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  • GoFundMe: As part of the Small Business Relief Fund, GoFundMe, Intuit QuickBooks and Yelp have each donated $500,000.
  • Google: Announcing a new $800+ million commitment to support small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), health organizations and governments, and 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.
  • James Beard Foundation: The new Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund will provide microgrants to independent food and beverage small businesses in need.
  • JPMorgan: $50 million has been pledged to help struggling customers and another $8 million in aid will be given to small businesses.
  • Lurn: The company’s COVID-19 Relief Fund will help entrepreneurs and small business owners by providing emergency grants ranging from $50 to $500 to help with necessities such as groceries, medicine, transportation, etc.  To date, it has raised over $50,000 and dispersed roughly $32,000 in emergency relief grants to individuals. 
  • Mailchimp$10 million worth of service will be offered for existing customers who want to continue using Mailchimp’s platform but need some financial support during this period. As an additional response to the crisis, Mailchimp will invest up to $100M to help drive new and ongoing business for our small-business customers through price discounts, product upgrades, add-ons and more.
  • Mercatus: Emergent Ventures program and Prize Fund can help innovators working to combat COVID-19.
  • Miller Lite$1 million will be given to laid-off bartenders after bars and restaurants around the country were forced to shut down in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus
  • Morgan Stanley$10 million cash has been committed in aid to support critical frontline medical responders globally as well as community providers serving those economically impacted by the crisis. The first three grants of $2 million each were announced for Feeding America, the CDC Foundation and the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Health Fund.
  • PEN Writer’s Emergency FundPEN America Writers’ Emergency Fund is an emergency fund for professional — published or produced — writers in acute, emergency financial crises. PEN America will distribute grants of $500 to $1,000 based on applications that demonstrate an inability to meet an acute financial need, especially one resulting from the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. 
  • Restaurant Employee Relief Fund: This fund will provide one-time grants of $500 on a first-come-first-served basis to restaurant owners and employees in need. The COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund for small businesses and their restaurant workers is accepting donations.
  • 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.

About the Author

Jessica Buchholz, Events Coordinator

Jessica Buchholz is the Community Development Coordinator for Emporia Main Street in Emporia, Kansas. She specializes in event planning, volunteer recruitment, alternative marketing, media/public relations and fundraising. During Jessica's tenure at Emporia Main Street, she has helped grow events to an international level and she has created a series of new activities to meet organizational goals.

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