The latest grants for micro and women-owned businesses

Most businesses have faced hardships in recent years. However, micro-enterprises and businesses owned by women and minority entrepreneurs have been particularly affected.

The latest grants for micro and women-owned businesses

Small business grants can help overcome some of those additional challenges. Here are some current opportunities for women, micro-enterprises and others in communities across the US

Dulles Minority Small Business Owner Grant Program

The Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce in Virginia recently unveiled a small business grant program for minorities. The program is open to minority and female small businesses in Fairfax and Loudoun counties, which have ten employees or fewer and have experienced financial difficulties as a result of the pandemic. The chamber partners with America’s Charities to administer and administer the program. They also collect tax-deductible donations to support the program. Applications are now open through July 8, and eligible businesses can submit theirs in person or online.

Coos Economic Development Corporation pilot program

Coos Economic Development Corporation in New Hampshire is launching a new pilot grant program for businesses interested in a retail location. The program is designed to help small businesses take that next step toward securing a retail location, supporting the area’s economy and consumer activity. The program will first focus on five locations in the county, including Berlin, Colebrook, Gorham, Lancaster and Whitefield. Eligible businesses can receive up to $5,000, which can be spent on rent, insurance, utilities, signage, and similar storefront costs.

Providence American Rescue Plan Act Grants

Providence, Rhode Island offers $7 million in grants to local small businesses. Funded through the American Rescue Plan Act, the program was initially launched in October 2021. But with the deadline lasting just over a month, 90 percent of the funds are still available. That is why the mayor and city council have relaxed the requirements. In particular, companies do not have to meet a minimum physical asset to qualify. They also automatically approve companies that previously applied, but now meet the requirements thanks to the new rules. July 1 is the deadline for submission.

Schuyler County Downtown & Business Improvement ARPA Program

Schuyler County’s Downtown & Business Improvement ARPA Program just announced the first completed project of its first round of small business grants. The Schuyler County Legislature and the Schuyler County Partnership for Economic Development (SCOPED) awarded Bleachers Sports Bar and Grill $25,000 for the new outdoor seating area. The organizations also announced a second round of funding. The program reimburses companies up to $25,000 in matching funds to cover facade improvements. The program has $172,300 available for this next round, with a July 31 deadline.

Marin Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant Program

Marin, California’s “microbusiness” COVID-19 emergency response program supports the county’s smallest businesses. The province is working with the Marin Small Business Development Center and the Dominican University of California at San Rafael to administer the program, which targets low-income entrepreneurs negatively affected by the pandemic. The program provides 105 scholarships of $2,500 each. To be eligible, companies must have made less than $50,000 in 2019, be able to show losses of 10 percent or more during the pandemic, have no more than five employees, and have received no other relief funds. The application deadline is June 30.

Wells Fargo Foundation and LISC Disaster Recovery Program

Local initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and Wells Fargo Foundation are launching a pilot program to support disaster recovery for small businesses. The Wells Fargo Foundation is providing a $2 million grant to LISC to fund community-based disaster training and planning services to businesses in disaster-prone communities. To enable these benefits, LISC supports 20 nonprofit business development organizations in Alabama, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, and Texas. And those organizations, in turn, will support small businesses with their additional resources.

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