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New Pandemic Relief Grant Programs for Small Businesses

Small business grants can help entrepreneurs overcome a variety of challenges, from construction to financial hardship. This week, several cities and local organizations across the US launched programs for these purposes. Read on for a complete list.

San Antonio COVID-19 / Building Recovery Grant Program

San Antonio recently launched the COVID-19/Construction Recovery Grant Program to support struggling businesses. The program includes $2.25 million in federal funds from the American Bailout Act, to be awarded in grants of up to $35,000. Eligible businesses must demonstrate year-over-year losses of at least $10,000 in 2022, compared to 2021. The application program is scheduled to open in February.

Michigan game on the main show

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is launching a new round of funding for its Match on Main program. The grant program was launched a few years ago to help businesses during the pandemic and other difficult times. To qualify, small businesses must have a permanent location in a downtown area of ​​a city that is part of Michigan’s Match on Main program. Cities, local government units and city center development authorities are responsible for submitting applications to the state. They may submit up to two applications for eligible businesses in their cities. Many cities organize contests to find their candidates. Applications for this round must be submitted to the MEDC by February 1.

Innovate Alabama Supplemental Grant Program

Innovate Alabama is opening a second round of applications for its Innovate Alabama Supplemental Grant Program. Recipients of the Federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I and Phase II grants located in Alabama may apply for up to $250,000 in matching funds. The organization encourages eligible businesses to apply by February 17. They also plan to open a third round of financing later in the year.

Mercer County Small Business Grant Program

Mercer County, New Jersey is launching a $3.5 million grant program to support small businesses negatively impacted by the pandemic. Funded through the county’s allocation of American Rescue Plan Act funds, the program will award grants of up to $10,000 per business. The online application portal is not open yet, but the county is working out the details now.

Long Island Trellus Local Delivery Scholarship

Trellus Same-Day Local Delivery is offering $500 grants to 20 local businesses. The company obtained the funds after winning the 1010 WINS Small Business Challenge. It uses technology to offer same-day delivery options to area small businesses. The $500 will cover a Trellus subscription and shipping costs. Eligible businesses include traditional retailers, professional service providers, and home-based businesses. The application period closes on February 14.

Alaska Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes Rescue Small Business Assistance Program

The Central Council of Alaska Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes is reopening its Rescue Small Business Relief program. The program supports businesses owned by tribal citizens using Tribal American Rescue Plan Act funds. To qualify, businesses must be owned by tribal and US citizens and operate within the United States. Grants can provide up to $5,000 for each business. The application period will close on December 29, 2023, or once 450 grants have been granted.

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