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.
Alabama Construction Industry Craft Training (CICT) Program Grants
The Alabama Construction Industry Craft Training (CICT) Board is seeking applications for training programs to provide construction industry craft training. The Craft Training Board has available funds that can be used to train Alabama’s construction workforce to fulfill the demands of the marketplace in the shortest time frame possible. Learn More
Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network (ASAN) Grants
The Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network is offering mini-grants to farmers and farmers markets that serve Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, Blount and Walker counties to cover costs associated with adapting to COVID-19. ASAN’s COVID-19 Adaptation Fund will provide mini-grants — averaging $500 or less. Learn More
Grant funds can cover:
- Cost of supplies and upgrades to ensure safety and accessibility.
- Adaptive measures that enable them to continue to meet community food needs during this time.
- Costs incurred as early as 1 March 2020.
American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) Relief Fund
Provides support and temporary financial assistance to AGMA members who are in need.
The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) Foundation COVID-19 Student Hardship Grant
AICPA is offering up to $50,000 in education grants to help undergraduate and graduate accounting students who been monetarily impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Learn More
- Up to $2,000 each to 25 students undergoing hardships, such as a loss of job or internship due to COVID-19, to help reimburse education-related expenses.
- Grants are open to AICPA Student Affiliate members pursuing an undergraduate or graduate-level degree in accounting or accounting-related major.
- Students must be enrolled full-time in an accredited business and/or accounting program for the 2020-21 academic school year and have completed at least 30 semester hours of college coursework, including at least six hours in accounting.
- Grant deadline is August 31, 2020
- Access the application
Art Bridges // The Bridge Ahead Initiative for Museums // Mobile & Montgomery
Since 2018 Art Bridges has been creating and supporting programs that expand access to American art in all regions across the nation. Art Bridges is committing $5 million to help partner museums remain in touch with their audiences during this period and to prepare for reopening in the months ahead. Art Bridges partners with an annual operating budget under $30 million are eligible for funding. Learn More
Artist Relief Grants
Artist Relief is an initiative organized by the Academy of American Poets, Artadia, Creative Capital, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, MAP Fund, National YoungArts Foundation, and United States Artists — small to mid-sized national arts grantmakers that have come together to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States. Learn More
- Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19
- Serve as an ongoing informational resource
- Co-launch the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers to better identify and address the needs of artists moving forward. Take the survey.
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
The DigitalUndivided Doonie Fund for Women
Founded in 2012 by tech pioneer, Kathryn Finney, Didtechnology, Inc (d.b.a digitalundivided), is a social startup with 501 (c) 3 status that merges data and heart to develop innovative programs and initiatives that catalyzes economic growth in Black and Latinx communities. The Doonie Fund makes micro investments in Black women entrepreneurs. Learn More
- Partners include American Express, Google, Rutgers, Microsoft.
- Eligibility is determined after completing a survey.
- Access the application.
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
First Responders Children’s Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund
The First Responders Children’s Foundation provides support for first responders and their families who are enduring financial hardship due to the coronavirus outbreak. Learn More
Eligible persons include paramedics, emergency medical technicians, police officers, firefighters, and employees directly supporting police and fire departments such as 911 dispatchers. Medical personnel and staff of the emergency services of the hospitals and health facilities that are treating COVID-19 patients shall be deemed first responders for the purpose of being eligible for grants from the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund.
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
The Fundera Zach Grant Contest
Fundera is a financial resources company for small businesses. Zach, the founder of the successful restaurant chain Fusian, and cofounder of Fundera, uses this grant contest as a way to seed fund small businesses. Learn More
- Deadline is 1 January 2021
- Grant amount: $2,500
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 Hispanic Business for All Grant
Hello Alice has designated a portion of its $10,000 emergency grants exclusively for Hispanic business owners. Funding is being distributed immediately to founders impacted by the coronavirus as part of their broader mission to ensure Business for All. Learn More
- All applicants will receive access to resources and ongoing support from the Hello Alice community.
- Application support is offered in Spanish
Hello Alice Military Entrepreneurs Resource Center & Emergency Grant
Our resource center is here to empower those entrepreneurs who identify as part of the Military-Connected community: all branches of the U.S. Military, active and reserve component members, Military spouses, and Veterans. We can connect you with funding, business opportunities, like-minded mentors plus a community of entrepreneurs just like you.
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
- Access the application
- In addition to funding, grant recipients will receive ongoing support from the Hello Alice community. View all services
Inspire360 Fit Pro Relief Fund
A $500,000 relief fund for fitness professionals that have been most impacted by COVID-19. The Fit Pro Relief Fund will be offering grants as soon as possible to fitness professionals who are in severe financial hardship. Approximately 500 applicants who meet the criteria will receive on average $1,000 each to help meet their immediate needs. Learn More
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) – CARES Act
The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced two new funding opportunities for museums, libraries, federally recognized tribes, and organizations. This $15 million is to enable libraries, museums, and organizations serving tribal communities to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus, including by expanding digital network access, purchasing Internet accessible devices, and providing technical support services to their communities.
- For Museums & Libraries: Projects may focus on preserving jobs, training staff, addressing the digital divide, planning for reopening, or providing technical support and capacity building for digital inclusion and engagement. Applicants are encouraged to prioritize services for high-need communities.
- Webinar // Thursday, May 14, 2020 // 2:00-3:00 PM ET
- For Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum and Library Services: Applications focused on digital inclusion, technical support, rehiring or retraining staff, reopening planning, and other pandemic-related priorities are welcomed.
- Webinar // Friday, May 15, 2020 // 2:00-3:00 PM ET
James Beard Foundation
The James Beard Foundation has set up a food and beverage industry relief fund. Information about the program. Learn More
Lowe’s & Local Initiatives Support Corp (LISC) Small Business Grant
Thanks to a significant grant from Lowe’s, LISC will provide the emergency assistance that small businesses desperately need to stay afloat. LISC will focus these efforts on historically underserved communities—especially those enterprises owned or led by minorities and women, who often lack access to affordable capital. Learn More
Eligible expenses include paying rent and utilities, meeting payroll, paying outstanding debt to vendors, upgrading technology infrastructure, and other immediate operational costs.
- Deadline is 17 June 2020
- Access the application
Lyft // LyftUP COVID-19 Community Grant
As part of our response to COVID-19, we’re piloting a new initiative called Essential Deliveries. Through this program, organizations that need delivery services for essential goods — such as groceries, medical supplies, auto parts, and home necessities — are quickly matched with Lyft drivers, who can carry the deliveries out. Additionally, in collaboration with 500+ community partners, we’re helping provide essential services — like trips to the grocery store, pharmacy, and healthcare appointments — to those in need. Learn More
Moms As Entrepreneurs Fund
This fund is designed to help support those who have been shut out of government loans or other funding during the Covid-19 pandemic. Grants of $500-$1,000 will be given to mom-owned businesses in all industries. Applications accepted beginning May 18th. 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.
- Minimum requirement: At least 3 years of employment in the music industry
- Access the application
National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE)
The NASE offers entrepreneurs and small business owners a wide range of resources and tools to help you run your business successfully. They are partnering with Dell to sponsor a new Growth Grant program to support small businesses impacted by COVI-19. Learn More
- Could receive up to $4,000 for your small business.
- Must be a member in good standing for 3-months prior to submitting an application.
National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) PPE Grant
To help mitigate the financial challenge faced by our hospice community, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s fundraising affiliate, the National Hospice Foundation (NHF), is providing grants to member hospices through the NHF Workforce Emergency Support Fund.
- Grants up to $2,500 to purchase PPE.
- All current NHPCO provider members are eligible to apply
- Access the application.
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.
The Photographer Fund
By Format, a portfolio service for photographers, this fund aims to assist self-employed photographers with up to $500 per person. Learn More
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
Stand For Small Coalition
A coalition of more than 40 companies from some of the world’s leading brands across media, technology, consumer goods and professional services, and many other industries, that have come together to provide meaningful support to small businesses as they navigate the impacts of COVID-19. Learn More
- This initiative brings together all these valuable benefits into an easy-to-use centralized digital platform that allows access to relevant products, information, tools and services.
- Providing educational resources, network connections, discount offers and mentorship opportunities to help address your business needs.
- The coalition includes Adobe, Amazon, American Express, AT&T, Avis, Bain, BigCommerce, Bill.com, BJs, BlueSnap, Budget, Dell, Deluxe Corp, Dentsu, DocuSign, Ebay, Facebook, FedEx, GoDaddy, Google, Grainger, Hertz, IBM, iHeartRadio, Justworks, LinkedIn, Melio, Menlo Security, Microsoft, Next Insurance, Paychex, Pilo, Sam’s Club, SAP, Signifyd, Staples, SurePayroll, Trulioo, Uber Eats, UPS, Verizon and Zoro.
Truist Bank – Local Initiatives Support Corp (LISC) Small Business Grant
Thanks to a $5 million grant from Truist, LISC will address the evolving needs of small businesses, nonprofit organizations and families impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and the related economic downturn. The donation to LISC’s Rapid Relief & Resiliency Fund will propel an investment in technological infrastructure, availability of broadband access, improvement of cybersecurity and technological assistance for rural and urban communities. Alabama is 1 of 16 targeted states. Read the press release. Learn More
- Small Business Support
- Grants of up to $10,000 each to small business owners, especially in rural communities and to enterprises owned by women and minorities, to help meet their most immediate needs.
- Priority will be given to women- and minority-owned businesses, which often lack access to flexible, affordable capital. At least 60% of the grants will support enterprises in rural communities.
- Access the application // Open 27 July 2020
- Technology and Broadband Access
- Cash grants for $250 available to households to purchase laptops/tablets, set up and pay for internet, or address other urgent technology needs.
- Strong emphasis will be placed on supporting households and nonprofit organizations located in rural counties with persistent poverty.
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
USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program for Farmers
CFAP will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to deliver relief to America’s farmers and ranchers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic ($9.5 from CARES Act and $6.5 billion of existing CCC funds.) To ensure the availability of funding throughout the application period, producers will receive 80 percent of their maximum total payment upon approval of the application. The remaining portion of the payment, not to exceed the payment limit, will be paid at a later date as funds remain available.
- Apply for Assistance
- CFAP Payment Calculator: This Excel workbook allows you to input information specific to your operation to determine estimated payments and populate the application form. Microsoft Excel is required to use this workbook. Find CFAP Calculator
- Learn about CFAP eligibility, how to apply, & payment calculators. Download CFAP Fact Sheet
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
- Register below for Round 2 beginning mid-April.
- Grant max of $10,000
- Subscribe for updates
Verizon Webinar Series for Small Businesses
A free resource available to small businesses. Topics include digital marketing, next step planning, remote working. Learn More
Visa announces $210 million commitment to support small and micro businesses, with $10 million of that supporting COVID-19 emergency relief.Learn More
Visa IfundWomen Grant Program for Black Women-owned Businesses
Visa has extended its partnership with IFundWomen to support Black women-owned small businesses in the United States through a new grant program and educational resources. Visa is committed to providing Black women entrepreneurs with access to the capital, coaching and connections they need to grow their businesses during this challenging time. Learn More
- Ten recipients will be awarded $10,000 grant plus a 1-year IFundWomen Annual Coaching Membership
- Featured on Forbes.com // Read the article.
- Deadline is 31 July 2020 // Access the application.
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
The Workers Lab COVID 19 Rapid Response Fund
The Workers Fund is a rapid response to the COVID-19 pandemic from The Workers Lab. This fund will assist gig and low-earning contract workers without access to employer-based benefits. Read the Fast Company article about this fund. Learn More
- This fund will work initially through an established partnership with Steady to identify recipients.
- Cash will be distributed to people whose livelihoods have been stripped away by COVID-19 through Canary, a project incubated by The Workers Lab that provides a vehicle for getting cash to verified applicants quickly.