Local resources are now available to assist small business owners during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Information on this page has been gathered from various resources. This is a rapidly changing situation, so check the websites and social media accounts of the entities below for the most up-to-the-minute information.
If you are a government agency or entity and would like your information added to this page, please submit your information via email.
Finding Your Locality’s Resources
COVID-19 updates for business requirements and regulations vary by location. Consult your local municipality’s or county’s website and social media for the most up-to-the-minute information. Find these websites using our directories:
Association of County Commissions of Alabama (ACCA)
Access ACCA webinars about the Coronavirus pandemic and the current status of county courthouses in Alabama. Learn More
Alabama League of Municipalities
This state association for Alabama cities and towns has compiled COVID-19 resources relevant for both its municipal members and Alabama residents. Learn More
Auburn Working Capital Loan Interest Subsidy Program
Provides an interest subsidy to applicants who have been approved for a loan with a participating lending institution. This program gives the city the potential to provide subsidies supporting up to 160 businesses assuming a maximum amount of $25,000 per loan. Learn More
Central Alabama Community Foundation (CACF) COVID-19 United Relief Fund – Organizational Grant
The Central Alabama Community Foundation and the River Region United Way, have come together to launch a fund that will provide a new track of grants that will focus on helping organizations adapt how they work in the wake of the pandemic, repair infrastructure and equipment, and more. Announced July 1st, this track will provide resources to address the financial impact of COVID-19 on eligible nonprofits’ organizational capacity to provide community services. That could include technology for remote work, programming and special events, social distancing for staff and clients or cleaning and hygiene needs. Learn More
- Limited to Montgomery, Lowndes, Macon, Autauga, Elmore, Coffee, Dale, Geneva, Henry and Houston counties
- Award up to $5,000 per grant, maximum 2 grants per organization
- Access applications by county
City of Tuscaloosa // Executive Order of the Mayor // 24 August 2020
Effective beginning August 24, 2020, beginning at 5:00 p.m., all ABC lounge alcohol licensees in the City of Tuscaloosa are required to cease the service and/or sale of alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption, including Entertainment District sales. All other ABC licensed establishments shall suspend walk-up bar service and only allow alcohol sales to seated customers. Alcohol service at any City of Tuscaloosa owned facilities is suspended. These restrictions shall remain in effect until 6:00 a.m. on September 8, 2020.
Community Foundation of South Alabama – Mobile Area Disaster Relief Fund
The Community Foundation of South Alabama, in coordination with the City of Mobile, announced the activation of the Mobile Area Disaster Relief Fund in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fund will provide resources and basic needs with the goal of addressing any demands for help from those in the Mobile community effected by COVID-19. Learn More
Community Foundation of West Alabama Small Business Relief Fund
Small Business Relief Fund is offered by the Community Foundation of West Alabama in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama. The fund was created to assist small businesses that have experienced a financial hardship as a result of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Learn More
COVID-19 Local Action Tracker
The National League of Cities and Bloomberg Philanthropies have teamed up to collect and share actions taken by local leaders in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The extraordinary efforts of local leaders will have far-reaching implications to public health, municipal services, and local economies that we are only beginning to comprehend. The goal of this website is to inform, highlight, and uplift the efforts of mayors, city leaders, and other local decision-makers as they lead their communities through this crisis. Learn More
Crestwood Neighborhood (Birmingham Division) Bulletin Free Advertising
If you own a small business in Birmingham, especially Crestwood or a surrounding neighborhood, the Crestwood bulletin is offering free promotion and visibility for small businesses to help during this challenging time. A small business will be chosen as a feature with free ad space.
To apply, email Brian@briankelleherteam.com with the subject “Small Business Feature.” Include 3 – 5 paragraph write up of the business. Logo and/or photos attachments are recommended.
Harbert Employees Reaching Out (HERO) Small Business Fund
Launched to “support greater Birmingham area small businesses by providing financial assistance for qualifying businesses to help them navigate this significant disruption to their operations.” Learn More
Mountain Brook (Birmingham Division) Merchant Relief Fund Phase II
Phase II provides financial help to some of our most vulnerable locally-owned bricks-and-mortar businesses of any category (salons, stores, restaurants, etc.). Learn More
Merchants will receive an application via email and/or may email email@example.com for an application.
Montgomery Recover Together Small Business Relief Fund
The Small Business Relief Fund will provide flexible, one-time grants to small businesses in our community that are working to continue or resume operations following COVID-19-related impacts. Learn More
- Apply online beginning June 1st . Open through June 15th, as funds remain available.
- Must have or utilize between 1 – 25 (FTE) employees or independent contractors as of February
Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham – ROAR (Rapid Operating and Relief)
Grants are available to any Alabama DHR licensed child care centers, family day care homes, and group homes serving children of essential employees. Learn More