Adair County, MO
ADAIR County CARES Act Funding Opportunity
The State of Missouri received about $2.3 billion of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security ACT (CARES Act). Adair County’s share is $2,973,240. Adair County will use the guidelines provided by the U.S. Department of Treasury and the State of Missouri in making awards of the funds received under the CARES Act.
Callaway County, MO
Cape County, MO
Cape Girardeau County CARES Act Startup Funding
You must have been a Cape County resident affected by covid-19 to participate in this opportunity. Deadline November 29, 2020.
- You have lost income because of COVID-19 and now want to start a business
- You have started a business because of COVID-19
- You had a business before COVID-19 and have lost income due to COVID-19
Excelsior Springs, MO
(Source: Excelsior Springs Area Chamber of Commerce)
The funding from this program is meant to serve as a “bridge” while you wait for business to go back to usual or for when more substantial federal funding becomes available. The money available for this grant is from local businesses and community members who have donated specifically to help our Excelsior Springs businesses.
The City of Independence CDBG Local Small Business Assistance Program
The City of Independence CDBG Local Small Business Assistance Program application period is now open. This local, small business grant fund is designed to provide direct assistance to small businesses experiencing continuing negative impacts because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Administered by the Community Capital Fund (CCF) in partnership with the City of Independence, Missouri, the fund will award grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 to small businesses located in Independence, Mo., which may not qualify for other forms of financial relief.
Grants will provide immediate liquidity to businesses that are struggling with capital and payroll expenses, low demand, and other challenges associated with the ongoing economic effects of the pandemic and the reopening process.
Funds may be used to pay rent, lease or mortgage expenses where the business operates, provided those costs are not paid by insurance or by other local, State, Federal, or private programs. Grant funds will be paid directly to the rent, lease or mortgage holder on behalf of the eligible business.
Funding for this new small business grant program is made available through an additional allocation of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the CARES Act, which Congress approved on March 27, 2020 to allocate $5 billion to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the impacts of the coronavirus.
August 17-30, 2021 – Socially distanced, in-person Office Hours for applicants will take place at the Independence Council for Economic Development at 210 W. Truman Rd., Independence, Missouri 64050. Community Capital Fund staff will be available by appointment or walk-in application assistance during Office Hours.
September 3, 2021 (by 11:59 p.m. CST) – Application Period Closes
Application documents are available in English and Spanish languages.
Additional language assistance can be facilitated.
EMAIL CCF FOR LANGUAGE ASSISTANCE.
Kansas City, MO
Central City Economic Development (CCED) Small Business Stabilization Fund Grant Program Round II
(source: LISC Greater Kansas City)
Eligible business owners must reside or have a business located within the Kansas City, Missouri Central City Economic Development District (CCED) boundaries (see below.) Because funds are limited, if you have previously been awarded funding from the CCED Small Business Stabilization Fund, you are not eligible to apply for further assistance.
To qualify, businesses must:
- be located in the CCED Sales Tax District (9th St. to Gregory Blvd./71st St., The Paseo Blvd. to Indiana Ave.)
- have experienced a loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic
- have 2019 revenues of $750,00 or less and have 20 or fewer employees; and
- have a valid KCMO Business License and be in compliance with local and state laws.
To view the detailed guidelines please visit our website
Overland Park, KS
Second Round of Overland Park CDBG Small Business Economic Recovery Program
This successful small business grant fund reopened June 21, 2021, for a second-round to provide direct assistance to small businesses experiencing continuing negative impacts as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Overland Park CDBG Small Business Economic Recovery Program will award another round of grants of up to $10,000 to small businesses located in Overland Park, KS, which may not qualify for other forms of financial relief.
Grants through the Small Business Program will provide immediate liquidity to businesses that are struggling with capital and payroll expenses, low demand, and other challenges associated with the ongoing economic effects of the pandemic and the reopening process.
Read the full announcement here.
To qualify, applicants must:
- Submit a completed application;
- Have a business physically located in Overland Park, Kansas;
- Be in an industry/sector deemed as "non-essential" due to the required response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including retail, food service, arts & entertainment, hospitality, fitness, personal service, and transportation. (Non-profit organizations and home-based businesses are not eligible. Eligible businesses cannot be corporately owned, or publicly traded. Local franchises are eligible.)
- Prove the business is legally operating and current on State and Local taxes;
- Be in good standing in the City of Overland Park, Kansas, including no unpaid code enforcement liens or open code enforcement cases and not operating in violation of any Federal, State, or local laws; and
- Can demonstrate a loss of income since July 1, 2020, due to the necessary measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
Deadline to apply is Friday, July 16, 2021.
Socially distanced, in-person Office Hours for applicants will take place at the City of Overland Park, Kansas - Myron Scafe Building, 8500 Antioch Rd., Overland Park, KS 66212.
July 12, 2021 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
July 15, 2021 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
July 16, 2021 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
CCF staff will be available by appointment or walk-in for application assistance
How To Apply
Application documents are available in English, Spanish, and Arabic languages, and additional language assistance can be facilitated. Applications need to be completed in English and may be submitted in several ways:
Complete and submit the online application and provide your documentation. ONLINE APPLICATION IS AVAILABLE BY CLICKING HERE
Complete and submit the fillable-form application and provided your documentation FILLABLE-FORM APPLICATION IS AVAILABLE BY CLICKING HERE
. Download, complete and email with your documentation to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If online or email submission is inaccessible or burdensome, please download, print, complete, and mail the print application with your documentation to: Myron Scafe Building, ATTN: OPKS CDBG Small Business Program, 8500 Antioch Road, Overland Park, KS 66212. Application pickup is also available at this location
Scott County, MO
Cares Act Funds Application
The City of Springfield has allocated over $400,000 of CARES Act funding for forgivable business loans. Loans of up to $10,000 will be issued through the program.
Download City of Springfield CARES Act Round 2 Small Business Grant Application
City of St. Joseph Strong Small Business Retention Program
St. Joseph, MO
Through federal funds received, the City of St. Joseph is making available to small businesses (1-20 full-time employees) loans to address local business impact for COVID-19.
St. Louis, MO
EDA Metropolitan Loan Program
(source: STL Partnership)
The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded CARES Act funds to the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership and The St. Louis Local Development Company, an organization under the St. Louis Development Corporation’s umbrella, to make loans to businesses that have been negatively affected by COVID-19 or that are providing goods or services addressing problems caused by the pandemic.
- Must be a for-profit business located in the City of St. Louis or St. Louis County
- Loan funds may be used for working capital needs and the purchase of inventory, equipment, machinery, and other fixed assets
- Amounts ranging from $10,000 to $150,000
- Interest rates starting at 2%
- Loan terms will be determined by the nature of the project, with most terms ranging from three to five years
If you have any questions about the program or need assistance completing the loan application, please contact one of our loan officers listed below:
KKR Small Business Builders grant
(Source: GEN, KKR and Hello Alice)
If you have pivoted your startup or small business in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and/or provide important community services, don't miss this opportunity to receive a $10,000 grant!
The Global Entrepreneurship Network has partnered with global investment firm KKR and small business support platform Hello Alice to offer this opportunity to entrepreneurs like you. Successful applicants will also receive mentorship and small business resources.
To be eligible for the KKR Small Business Builders grant, a business must:
- Operate in the United States, United Arab Emirates, Spain, Singapore, Luxembourg, Japan, Ireland, India, Germany, France, England, China, or Australia
- Have 5 to 50 employees
- Earn less than $7 million USD in annual revenue
- Demonstrate the need for support
- Have a strong plan for moving forward
- Be in good standing with the IRS or their local regulatory body
Apply by June 2, 2021 at kkr.helloalice.com.
The Entrepreneurship World Cup—EWC 2021
(Source: Global Entrepreneurship Network)
The Entrepreneurship World Cup is more than just a pitch competition. It gives everyone who enters access to the knowledge, networks and for some, the capital they need to start and scale a company. Apply now before it is too late to get your chance to pitch on a global stage for your share of US$1 million in cash prizes, additional investment opportunities and US$750,000 of in-kind support. Everyone who enters, no matter what level or stage, gets access to free training and mentorship opportunities as well as valuable perks to take your startup to the next level.
Do you have an idea for a new company, but aren’t sure how to start or find the resources you need to take the next step? sign up now
Do you have an emerging startup and want to accelerate its trajectory? sign up now
Have you already found your market fit, started gaining serious traction and have an initial round of funding secured? sign up now
Innovation and Tech
🛑 KC Ignite COVID-19 Response Accelerator
(Source: Black & Veatch, LaunchKC)
Do you have a solution that can reduce the severity of the coronavirus outbreak, but need help commercializing and rapidly deploying? The Black & Veatch COVID-19 Response Accelerator is designed for growing companies looking to scale emerging solutions to save lives, help communities cope, and protect the economy.
National - SBIR Grants
Request for SBIR/STTR Phase I Proposals Addressing COVID-19
(Source: National Science Foundation)
Small businesses who are interested in submitting NSF SBIR or STTR Phase I proposals can apply through the FastLane process.
Agriculture + Farming
USDA Microloan Programs
The focus of Microloans is on the financing needs of small, beginning farmer, niche and non-traditional farm operations, such as truck farms, farms participating in direct marketing and sales such as farmers’ markets, CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture), restaurants and grocery stores, or those using hydroponic, aquaponic, organic and vertical growing methods.
USDA Implements Measures to Help Rural Businesses Affected by COVID-19
USDA Rural Development has taken a number of immediate actions to help rural residents, businesses and communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Rural Development will keep our customers, partners, and stakeholders continuously updated as more actions are taken to better serve rural America.
Local to Kansas City
Rocket Relief Fund Charlotte Street Foundation & Arts KC (Deadline April 18) – Artists of all disciplines
Midwest Music Foundation : Abby's Fund – Emergency healthcare funding for musicians
Midwest Music Foundation COVID-19 Relief Fund
🛑 Untuck Collective Mutual Aid Fund Application (Deadline March 1st) – Open to all trans women in the Kansas City metro area, prioritizing Black trans women and trans women of color.
Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG)
Updated launch date: We have completed rigorous testing and the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application portal will reopen on Monday, April 26 at 12pm ET. Updated guidance documents have been posted below.
As part of the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits and Venues Act signed into law in December 2020, the Shuttered Venue Opportunity Grant (SVOG) was created to offer COVID-19 relief to entertainment venues. The American Rescue Plan allocated an additional $1.25 billion to the program, bringing the total funding available to $16 billion.
Who is eligible for a SVOG?
According to the SBA, the following organizations may apply for a SVOG as long as they were in operation as of February 29, 2020:
- Live venue operators or promoters
- Theatrical producers
- Live performing arts organization operators
- Museum operators
- Motion picture theatre operators
- Talent representatives
Cerf+ Craft Emergency Assistance – Relief for medical expenses
Glad Day Emergency Survival Fund for LGBTQ2S artists, performers & tip-based workers – Living expenses
Artists Fellowship Financial Aid – Emergency aid to professional visual artists and families during sickness and bereavement
Musicians Foundation CV19 Emergency Aid – Covid-19 relief for musicians
Actors Fund Emergency Financial Assistance – Compiled financial resources for theater workers
Artists and Cultural Leaders of Color Emergency Fund – One-time $200 microgrant to US-based BIPOC artists and cultural workers
St. Louis Art & Music Fund
This helps musicians and bands offset by canceled gigs.
Arts Administrators of Color: Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund
Arts Administrators of Color has created the Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund, which supports BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) artists and arts administrators impacted by COVID-19 through $200 microgrants.
Motion Picture & Television Fund: COVID-19 Relief Fund
The COVID-19 Relief Fund aims to help those workers in the entertainment industry who are suffering COVID-19 related hardships. Applicants must be industry members that demonstrate financial need and meet minimum earnings or hours thresholds.
🛑 Fit Pro Relief Fund
A $500,000 relief fund for fitness professionals that have been most impacted by COVID-19, brought to you by Peter and Kathie Davis and Inspire360. Because there are limited funds, selections will be made at random for those who meet the prescribed criteria. Approximately 500 applicants who meet the criteria will receive on average $1,000 each to help meet their immediate needs. Awards will be limited to one grant per person. Apply online here.
Restaurants and Bars
🛑 Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF)
See How to apply for more detail.
This application can be filled out in Spanish if your internet browser is set to display in Spanish. To do this, set your browser’s language setting (typically found under “Advanced Settings”) to Spanish. Most browsers will require a restart to display in that language.
Webinar Training for Application Filing
Posted on SBA's YouTube channel.
The newly-approved plan sets aside $28.6 billion for qualifying restaurants, bars, brew pubs, etc. This represents a very high priority embraced by Congress. A large portion of this funding is for small businesses.
- Must have fewer than 20 units
- Must not be publicly traded
- OK for franchises with fewer than 20 units.
The RRF will be offered directly from the SBA www.sba.gov and not through lending organizations like PPP loans
. If you are considering applying for an RRF you will need the following:
- Duns’ number www.dnb.com – free, usually within 2 days
- SAM (System for Award Management) www.sam.gov/SAM number for doing business with the U.S. Government – free, but takes longer to finalize
- Financial data confirming that gross revenues for 2020 are less than 2019. You can apply for the amount of money that is the difference between the two. Note that PPP funds received in 2020 count as income for 2020. EIDL loans do not count as income.
Southern Smoke: Emergency Relief Program
(Source: Southern Smoke)
The Emergency Relief Program provides emergency funding to restaurant and bar owners and employees, as well as restaurant supplier employees, who are facing unforeseen expenses that cannot or will not be covered by insurance.
How to Use Crowdfunding to Support Your Small Business through Coronavirus
(Source: U.S. Chamber)
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to financially impact small businesses, a crowdfunding campaign could help you stay afloat.
Small Business Relief Initiative
The Small Business Relief Initiative was started by GoFundMe to help small businesses that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and empower their communities to rally behind them. GoFundMe has partnered with Yelp, Intuit QuickBooks, GoDaddy, and Bill.com to provide small business owners with the financial support and resources needed to continue running their businesses during and after the coronavirus crisis.
EnrichHER Business Financing
EnrichHER provides direct loans and lines of credit up to $250K for business with at least $100K in revenue or credit scores above 680.
Main Street New Loan Facility
The Federal Reserve released details on the Main Street New Loan Facility today. The facility is intended to facilitate lending to small and medium-sized businesses that are not eligible for the SBA Paycheck Protection Program. Here’s some additional context from Polsinelli law firm on the Federal Reserve’s Main Street Business Lending Program.
Mainvest and Zero-Interest Loans
If you have an existing brick & mortar business that has been negatively effected by the COVID-19 outbreak and you launch a capital raise on Mainvest, you may be eligible to receive a $2,000 zero-interest loan immediately*. Then through your capital raise, you can receive over $100,000 of investment from your community.
Latino credit unions and minority grant options
In an effort to help Latino businesses rebound, Bankrate compiled the best ways for Latinos to grow their business and overcome the funding gap. Near the end of the article is a list of Latino credit unions and minority grant options.
🛑 Dany Garcia Presents Latinx the Mosaic Grant Program
(Source: Hello Alice)
Dany Garcia will award a total of $100,000 to Latinx small and new business entrepreneurs through short-term financial aid grants with the goal of keeping the entrepreneurial dream alive amidst the global pandemic. This program is dedicated to all Latinx of any origin, heritage, nationality, lineage, indigenous roots, racial background, country of birth, or ancestors before arriving in the United States.
Benefits both new and small Latinx businesses building and trying to stay afloat during COVID-19.
A financial award of $100,000 will be split equally between 10 companies.
Application submission run through Hispanic Heritage Month, ENDS OCTOBER 15, 2020, and winners will be announced in December of 2020 APPLY NOW
Best Small Business Grants for 2020, Including Coronavirus Grants
Small business owners across the country are feeling the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak and the economic ripples it’s caused. Check out these coronavirus small business grants that your business might be eligible for.
And we’ve pulled out a few relevant grant opportunities below.
Beauty Industry $1,000 Relief Grants
(Source: Beauty Changes Lives)
These $1,000 grants will provide financial assistance to beauty professionals or students of beauty programs, whose lives have been drastically changed by the mandated closures in response to COVID-19.
The Doonie Fund
The Doonie Fund makes micro investments of $100 in Black women entrepreneurs.
GoFundMe: Small Business Relief Fund
Small businesses that have been negatively impacted by the coronavirus crisis can sign up on GoFundMe to start a fundraiser to benefit their small business. If the business raises $500 on their GoFundMe and meets certain eligibility criteria, they may be considered to receive a $500 matching grant from the Small Business Relief Fund.
Visa • IFundWomen Grant Program for Black women-owned businesses
Applications are being accepted from June 30, 2020 through July 31, 2020.
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. These grants provide an opportunity for recipients to grow their businesses and continue to offer much needed services to their local (and global) communities. Within this application, you will be asked to provide imagery and a 60-sec video that tells us more about your business. Your video must be provided in the form of a link (Vimeo, YouTube, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.). Please have these assets and video link at the ready before starting your application.
IFundWomen COVID-19 Relief Fund
The IFW COVID-19 Relief Fund provides microgrants to women-owned businesses that are being impacted by this crisis.
🛑 Ladies Who Launch Grant and Mentorship Program for Women Entrepreneurs
Rooted in equity and inclusion, the year-long launch program provides an immediate cash grant of $5,000 - $25,000 USD, mentorship, advisory support, and amplification for women (female identifying and non-binary) entrepreneurs.
With this program we aim to bring all three of our pillars to the forefront: Inspiration, Education, and Community to support US women business owners impacted by COVID-19 with what they need most — access to capital and a community to help them navigate through these challenging times.
Check out the next steps below and then apply!
Nav: Small Business Grant Contest
The next round of Nav’s Small Business Grant opens April 2021
Nav is giving grants to small businesses that tell a story of preservation and opportunity in the face of a past or ongoing challenge.
Professional Beauty Association COVID-19 Relief Fund
(Source: Professional Beauty Association)
The PBA COVID-19 Relief Fund will provide $500 to licensed beauty professionals who are unable to work due to COVID-19. The funding is intended to be emergency aid for short-term immediate needs such as food and bills.
🛑 Red Backpack Fund
(Source: Global Giving)
The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation has donated $5 million to support female entrepreneurs in the wake of COVID-19. GlobalGiving will oversee the Red Backpack Fund, making 1,000 grants of $5,000 each to female entrepreneurs in the United States to help alleviate the immediate needs and support the long-term recovery of those impacted by this crisis.
🛑 Salesforce Care Small Business Grants
Salesforce is partnering with Ureeka to offer eligible small businesses the opportunity to receive a $10,000 grant to help them through the COVID-19 outbreak. Grant Applications open for Missouri and Kansas on April 27.
🛑 Save Small Business SUSPENDED
(Source: U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation)
The Save Small Business Fund is a grantmaking initiative offering short-term relief for small employers in the United States and its territories. Funded by corporate and philanthropic partners, the Save Small Business Fund is a collective effort to provide $5,000 grants to as many small employers as they can.
SheaMoisture Community Commerce Fund
With SheaMoisture's $1Million Fund, small minority and women of color-owned businesses can apply for funding under different initiatives: