Private and Nonprofit SMB COVID-19 Loans and Grants

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We have compiled a selection of the top resources for financial relief that are being spearheaded by Private and Nonprofit Corporations.

Verizon | #PayItForwardLive 

Verizon has already pledged $2.5 million to Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a non-profit that will use Verizon funding to provide grants of up to $10,000 to businesses facing immediate financial pressure because of COVID-19. Over the course of #PayItForwardLive, Verizon will unlock an additional $2.5 million as viewers use the hashtag #PayItForwardLIVE and tag their local businesses, bringing the total donation up to $5 million.


Yahoo Small Business | Get Online Free for a Year

This new, free offering in response to COVID-19 provides several valuable services, including:

  • Domain name registration ( with private domain registration included.
  • Professional, custom business branded email with 5 email addresses.
  • A website builder package with design tools and templates to help you quickly build and publish a professional website.
  • A business plan creator to help you plan your next steps and potentially help with documentation you many need for SMB relief initiatives.
  • A Localworks Scan to see how your business appears online in more than 70 directories and to help you decide what changes might be needed to keep customers up to speed with any changes you’re making with your business and services.
  • 10 GB storage and unlimited bandwidth so you don’t need to worry about running out of digital space.
  • Consultation time from a small business expert. We’ve been helping small businesses succeed for more than 20 years, and we want to share this expertise with you to be sure we’re both here working together for 20 more.
  • And of course, because we are in this with you, our support representatives are available 24/7 to make sure we address any questions you may have.

LISC | 2.5 million recovery fund

This non-profit that was founded by the Ford Foundation in 1979 is working with Verizon to distribute a 2.5 million recovery fund that is designed to offer grants to help small businesses fill urgent financial gaps until they can resume normal operations or until other more permanent financing becomes available. Apply for your small business grant here.

Freelancers Union | $1,000 per freelance household

Freelancers Relief Fund will offer financial assistance of up to $1,000 per freelance household to cover lost income and essential expenses not covered by government relief programs, including:

  • Food/food supplies
  • Utility payments
  • Cash assistance to cover income loss


Yelp | $25 million relief package for SMBs

Last Friday, Yelp issued a press release announcing a $25 million relief package for SMBs during this global pandemic. Link here. Some things worth calling out:

Restaurants/nightlife businesses that remain open will receive free access to Yelp page upgrades, including Business Highlights and Call To Action, as well as Connect, which will help them communicate timely information to their customers.

Restaurants will also receive three months of free access to Yelp Reservations and Waitlist.

For restaurant clients that offer delivery and/or takeout, Yelp will provide $100 in free search advertising (which businesses can use to promote their delivery service).

More details on our restaurant and nightlife business relief program can be found here.

This morning, Yelp announced a partnership with GoFundMe where Yelp is adding donate buttons for local businesses, and promises to match up to $1M in donations. It’s a really great way for consumers to be involved in providing monetary relief to the local businesses they love.

Facebook | Grant Program 

The social media company has set up a small business grant program of $100 million in cash grants and ad credits. The program is slated to help:

  • Keep your workforce going
  • Cover rent and operational costs
  • Connect with more customers


Banks Waive Monthly Service Fees

As is typically the case with natural disasters and emergency situations that impact the public, many financial institutions have released public statements and sent customer emails communicating their willingness to work with customers experiencing financial difficulties. Banks like Capital One and Wells Fargo are among these, along with Citi, which notes that, for 30 days, small business customers are eligible to have their monthly service fees waived.

Hello Alice | $10,000 to $50,000 Grants

In conjunction with Hello Alice, Business for All is committed to the success of small businesses. To provide support during the pandemic, they are offering $10,000 to $50,000 grants, expert mentorship, a strong community and small business resources.

Bacardi | #RaiseYourSpirits campaign

Family-owned spirits firm Bacardi has pledged $3 million in financial aid to support bars and restaurants “debilitated” by the coronavirus shutdowns as part of its #RaiseYourSpirits campaign.

Amazon | $5 million Neighborhood Small Business Relief Fund

Amazon announced a $5 million Neighborhood Small Business Relief Fund to provide cash grants to local Seattle small businesses. From March 26 to April 30, Amazon Lending is also pausing repayment from sellers who have outstanding loans, and seller loans will not accrue interest during this time period. Visit to apply for grant funding consideration, or get additional information and details.

MainVest | zero-interest 120 day $2,000 loan

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 Mainvestyou 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.

Kiva | 0% loans up to $15,000

Effective immediately, U.S. applicants for a Kiva loan will have access to the following:

  • Expanded eligibility: More businesses in the US will be eligible for a Kiva loan.
  • Larger loans: The maximum loan on the Kiva platform will increase from $10,000 to $15,000.
  • Grace period: New borrowers may access a grace period of up to 6 months for greater financial flexibility.


Honeycomb Credit | $10,000 to $50,000 in working capital

The investment crowdfunding platform, announced a small business relief loan program that’s providing $10,000 to $50,000 in working capital to qualifying businesses. Honeycomb is offering 45-day payment free periods,  6-month interest-only periods and reducing their posting, success, and investor fees.

James Beard Foundation | Microgrants for food and beverage businesses

The foundation launched a Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund to provide microgrants to independent food and beverage small businesses in need.

Paypal |  Waiving fees and deferring repayments

PayPal‘s efforts to assist its business customers impacted by the coronavirus include:

  • Business loans and cash advances: Customers can request to defer repayment, with no additional cost.
  • Chargeback fees: PayPal is waiving chargeback fees for merchants if their customer files a dispute with a credit card issuer through at least April 30, 2020.
  • Instant funds transfer: PayPal is waiving fees to instantly withdraw money from a PayPal business account to a bank account, Mastercard Debit or Visa Debit card through at least April 30, 2020.
  • Customer disputes: PayPal is extending the window in which merchants must respond to a customer dispute from 10 to 20 days through at least April 30, 2020.
  • PayPal Business Debit Mastercard: In partnership with Mastercard, PayPal is doubling the instant cash back reward on eligible purchases beginning April 1 through at least April 30, 2020.

PayPal continues to focus on providing access to the tools, products and financing on which its small business customers rely.

For the latest information about PayPal’s response to the coronavirus, please visit the company’s newsroom.

SheaMoisture | $1 million relief fund for minority-owned businesses

SheaMoisture created a $1 million relief fund for minority-owned businesses impacted by COVID-19.

The grant aims to show the power of small businesses to help communities, while also hoping to minimize the financial disruptions many are experiencing from the global outbreak of COVID-19.


Spanx | $5 million to support women-owned businesses

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 making 1,000 grants of $5,000 each to female entrepreneurs in the U.S. to help alleviate the immediate needs and support the long-term recovery of those impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

Square | Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) through Square Capital

Whether you’re a sole proprietor, self-employed, a small business owner with employees, or an independent contractor, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) offers low-interest loans that may be 100% forgiven. If you’ve already applied elsewhere but have not received funding, you can still apply through Square Capital.

Goldman Sachs | $250 million in emergency loans and $25 million in grants

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. announced it will deliver $300 million across two separate initiatives to help small businesses and communities around the world navigate the current health and economic crisis. Goldman Sachs has committed:

  • $275 million to create a Small Business Stimulus Package, including:
    • $250 million to provide emergency loans to small businesses across the country
    • $25 million in grants to Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and other mission-driven lenders to ensure they have the necessary capacity to underwrite and deliver loans to small businesses as soon as possible
  • $25 million as part of the Goldman Sachs COVID-19 Relief Fund to support communities in most urgent need globally, with the firm contributing to match employee donations up to an additional $5 million


FedEx |40% off Shipping, $30 off printing, Grants and More

FedEx knows that we need the energy and innovative thinking small businesses bring to our communities so they are offering up to 40% off shipping, up to $30 off printing and with their #SupportSmall Grant initiative FedEx is giving away $1 million to help small businesses fill critical gaps and stay afloat. FedEx has also compiled a wealth of information and support for small businesses to help them through this time. You can find all of the Covid-19 resources that FedEx is offering here.

Otto Bremer Trust | $50 Million Emergency Fund

The Otto Bremer Trust has created an emergency fund to provide financial support to Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Montana nonprofits and community organizations impacted by the pandemic.

GoFundMe | Small Business Relief Fund

The Small Business Relief Fund will provide micro-grants to qualifying small businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Small Business Relief Fund is part of the Small Business Relief Initiative: a program supported by GoFundMe and our partners. The Small Business Relief Initiative will supply financial assistance and support to businesses across the country by providing grants, tools, and resources to help during the crisis.


Mailchimp | $10M Price Relief Fund

Mailchimp will be offering $10 million worth of service 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.


USBG | 9.2M Bartender Relief Fund

During these uncertain times, the United States Bartenders’ Guild Foundation strives to be a resource for our bar industry community. Please find all of our COVID-19 Relief & Response Information here


The Red Backpack Fund | $5000 Grants to Female Entrepreneurs

The Red Backpack Fund offers $5000 grants to female entrepreneurs who have been impacted by the coronavirus crisis. Applications will be accepted between August 3 and August 10 from businesses or nonprofits that are majority women-owned, have between one and 50 paid employees and earn annual revenues under $5 million.

Children of Restaurant Employees (CORE) | Covid-19 Support

Children of Restaurant Employees (CORE) is a nonprofit that provides support to food and beverage service employees across the country whose children have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or who has someone else living in their home who has been diagnosed. Grants are offered for medical bill and supplies, groceries, clothing, rent, utilities and other essential needs.

Above and Beyond Foundation | Grants for Hospitality Workers

The Helping Hospitality Urgent Aid Grant Program is awarding $500 Visa gift cards for employees in the meetings and events business who go above and beyond but have lost their job due to the pandemic. Potential recipients must be nominated by their employer and can include workers from hotels, convention and event facilities, transportation companies and destination management companies, but not restaurants and bars.


The United Sommeliers Foundation Fund | Industry Support and Financial Assistance 

This foundation provides financial assistance to professional sommeliers in the U.S. who are experiencing difficulties or have lost their job. The foundation also hopes to create a long term plan to support the industry beyond the current crisis.


Network for Good | Fundraising and Educational Resources 

Network for Good is a nonprofit offering for-profit software services to process donations. This includes access for nonprofits to their “Free Fundraising Resources Library”, with links to fundraising guides and webinars on topics such as fundraising strategies, digital communication during a crisis and engaging with donors.

Community Investment Corporation (CIC) | Community Backed Loans and Grants

CIC offers various COVID-19 emergency, community-backed loan products for small businesses. In addition to their lending partnerships, CIC is offering up to $10 – 15,000 in matching funds per loan.  

National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) | Loans from $250,000 to $2.5 million

The NMSDC offers two loan programs for certified minority businesses enterprises that are at least three years old and financially sound. Loans range from $250,000 to $2.5 million and have five to 7 year terms.

LiftFund | Micro Loans

Headquartered in Texas,  LiftFund, a nonprofit, offers small business lending in 13 states. In addition to their micro and small business loans, they also currently have available Disaster Relief 2020 and COVID-19 Disaster Recovery loans, and offer an online application process.

Operation HOPE |  Mini-Grant Program

Operation HOPE program offers one-time, $500 payments for critical expenses such as rent, utilities or credit card bills. To be eligible, applicants must complete three sessions with a Financial Wellbeing Coach and work with that coach to develop a financial work plan.


Stay safe and remain strong in this turbulent time. And remember to check back on this article for updates as details of the above guidance and resources change.


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