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Industry specific resources from non-government entities and 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 an entity offering specialized resources and would like your information added to this page, please submit your information via email.

Federal COVID-19 Resources  State COVID-19 Resources  Local COVID-19 Resources 


Beauty Changes Lives Relief Grants

Beauty Changes Lives is a nonprofit driven to make the beauty profession a first-choice career by empowering individuals with mentorship, inspiration & scholarships. Learn More

For beauty professionals or students of beauty programs Learn More

  • $1000 funded by the Horst Rechelbacher Foundation

For nail professionals Learn More

  • $1000 funded by CND Creative Nail Design

Children of Restaurant Employees (CORE) Resources

Providing support to food and beverage service employees, with children, who have been medically diagnosed with COVID-19. Learn More


Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+) COVID-19 Response Fund

CERF+ launched the COVID-19 Response Fund to support artists working in craft disciplines. Learn More


The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Foundation – A Common Thread

Spearheaded by Vogue and in collaboration with the CFDA, grants made by A Common Thread will target designers, small retailers and other fashion companies whose businesses have been impacted by COVID-19. Learn More


Disabled American Veterans COVID-19 Unemployment Relief

Veterans with disabilities are disproportionately more vulnerable to the impact of COVID-19. For our nation’s 4.7 million disabled veterans, the coronavirus creates a set of unique challenges—not only do service-connected illnesses place these individuals in higher-risk categories, but many now also face a dire financial situation due to lost income. In response to this unprecedented event, DAV is establishing a COVID-19 Relief Fund to provide help to service-connected disabled veterans who have lost employment. Learn More


Freelancers Relief Fund

Created to aid independent workers with food/food supplies, utilities, and cash assistance. Learn More

  • Up to $1000 distributed directly to freelancers in need

GENYOUth COVID-19 Emergency School Nutrition Funding

Providing grants of up to $3,000 per school to supply much-needed resources for meal distribution and delivery efforts to get food to students during COVID-19. Learn More


Golden Rule Charity

Golden Rule Charity delivers timely help to people in need. GRC’s mission is to provide support to hospitality employees affected by unanticipated hardship. Learn More

  • To qualify for a grant, applicants must be employed in a restaurant or hospitality establishment for 6 months. Grant applications may be submitted online.

Hello Alice & Verizon Business for All Grant // Deadline September 25, 2020

Offering $10,000 grants to be distributed immediately to small business owners impacted by coronavirus. Learn More


James Beard Foundation

The James Beard Foundation has set up a food and beverage industry relief fund. Information about the program. Learn More


MusiCares – The Recording Academy

Music industry professionals may apply for grants up to $1000 to compensate for cancelled work that was scheduled and lost. Should we receive additional funding, we will evaluate the grant amounts available.


National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Employee Relief Fund

This fund will provide grants to restaurant industry employees who have been adversely impacted by COVID-19, financially, whether through a decrease in wages or loss of employment. Learn More


No Kid Hungry – COVID-19

Emergency grants to support local school districts and nonprofit organizations to support nutrition programs in their communities. Learn More


One Fair Wage Emergency Fund

Providing cash assistance to restaurant workers, car service drivers, delivery workers, personal service workers. Learn More


The Red Backpack Fund for Women Entrepreneurs // Round 2 Opens May 4

The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation donated $5 million to support female entrepreneurs in the wake of COVID-19 and teamed up with GlobalGiving to establish The Red Backpack Fund. Learn More

  • Making 1,000 grants of $5,000 each to female entrepreneurs in the U.S.
  • Additional application dates – June 1, July 6, and August 3.

Professional Beauty Association (PBA) Foundation COVID-19 Relief Fund

The PBA and PBA Charities have created the COVID-19 Relief Fund to provide $500 to licensed beauty professionals who are unable to work due to COVID-19. Learn More


Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation (RWCF)

A crisis relief fund has been established in partnership with Southern Smoke Foundation to distribute direct assistance funds. It was created to provide support and assistance for those in the food and beverage community and their suppliers during times of crisis. Funding is available as direct assistance to workers and to nonprofits serving workers. Learn More


Red Rover Relief Emergency Grants for Pets

RedRover is greatly concerned for people and animals during this COVID-19 crisis. Here are some resources for ensuring the health and safety of your pet(s) during the novel coronavirus pandemic. We will update as more information and resources become available. Learn More

Emergency boarding grants help animals who need temporary boarding while their owners are ill due to the COVID-19 virus.

  • Will cover the cost of up to two (2) weeks of boarding while a pet owner is hospitalized, or if the pet owner is recovering at home and unable to care for their pet

Urgent care grants help animals who need urgent and emergency veterinary care.

  • The typical grant is around $200, and is intended to fill a small gap in funding that is keeping an animal from care

United States Bartenders’ Guild (USBG) Bartender Emergency Assistance Program

The USBG is offering the Bartender Emergency Assistance Program to “help us serve those who serve us.” Learn More

  • Application Criteria
    • Be a Bartender or the spouse or child of a Bartender.
    • Experience a catastrophic event or emergency hardship.
    • Lack the necessities of life, including financial, physical, mental, or emotional well being.
    • Provide tangible documentation of the catastrophic event or emergency hardship.
  • Access the application

Verizon & Local Initiatives Support Corp (LISC)

Grants to help small businesses fill urgent financial gaps until they can resume normal operations or until other more permanent financing becomes available. Learn More


Visa Foundation

Visa announces $210 million commitment to support small and micro businesses, with $10 million of that supporting COVID-19 emergency relief.Learn More


Volunteer Firefighter Support Fund

From the National Volunteer Fire Council, this fund provides stipends for volunteer first responders whose homes have been impacted by a state or federally declared disaster; a home fire; or those who have lost jobs or wages due to COVID-19 related illness, quarantine, or volunteer response activities. Learn More

  • Stipend of $350