Millions available in coast to coast COVID recovery grants

The whole country is still reeling from the effects of the pandemic. Fortunately, companies from Washington to Connecticut are eligible for small business grants to ease the burden. This week, several national and local governments and organizations launched new initiatives to support small businesses. Read below about the latest recovery grants for small businesses.

Working Washington Grants

Washington state currently has approximately $70 million in recovery grants available to small businesses. The state has provided more than $500 million in grants in the past two years. But the Working Washington grant program is still open to struggling businesses such as entertainment venues, restaurants, hotels, and retail. The online application portal for this latest funding round opens on August 17 and closes on August 31.

Innovate Alabama Supplementary Grant Program

The Innovate Alabama Supplemental Grant Program supports Alabama businesses that have received federal grants for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR). The federal program targets companies in competitive domains such as technology. And the state program provides up to $250,000 in additional funding to continue supporting these companies that offer innovative solutions with potential for commercialization. The application period is now open and businesses must apply by August 1 to be eligible.

West Hartford Small Business and Nonprofit Recovery Grant Program

West Hartford, Connecticut provides grants of up to $10,000 in recovery funds for local small businesses. Funded by the city’s allocation of American Rescue Plan Act funds, the program includes $2 million to support a small business and nonprofit organizations affected by the pandemic. Grants are available for small businesses and organizations with 50 or fewer full-time employees who meet all other eligibility requirements. August 10 is the deadline for applying for funding.

Los Angeles Small Business Rental Assistance Program

LA’s Small Business Rental Assistance Grant Program opens a second round of applications. Local merchants affected by the pandemic can apply for up to $15,000 in aid to cover outstanding rents. Eligible companies can apply to ten local business centers, which will provide assistance with the application form. An online application is also available and additional eligibility requirements apply. The deadline for both methods is July 20.

Glastonbury Small Business & Non-Profit Tool

The city of Glastonbury, Connecticut, is in the process of establishing a new emergency response program to support small businesses and nonprofits affected by the pandemic. Eligible companies can apply for up to $5,000. Eligible companies must be able to demonstrate that they have suffered financial loss as a result of the pandemic and that the funds would help the company sustain or grow. Companies that meet all the requirements can apply online. And applications must be submitted no later than August 14.

Bluffton Small Business and Nonprofit Recovery Grants

Small businesses in Bluffton, South Carolina can apply for recovery grants of up to $20,000. This is the second financing round. During the first time, the city awarded $231,000 to 17 nonprofits and $171,000 to 11 local businesses. To qualify for funding, companies must have a physical location within Bluffton and be able to demonstrate financial loss from the pandemic. August 12 is the deadline to submit an application.

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