Grants

Grants can be difficult to find. If you have a grant opportunity, we would be happy to assist you with the support documents, i.e. business plan, financial projections for your application process. A few resources:

SBA cooperative agreements grant programs and eligibility requirements.

Grants.gov is a searchable site for grants. SBDC Net has a variety of programs listed:

SBDCNET:

SBDC NET Comprehensive Guides

Find Funding Assistance & Relief by State – small businesses funding by states (federal and private)

COVIDCAP: Cash Relief for Entrepreneurs Everywhere – global searchable database for entrepreneurs to identify over $1 trillion in local COVID-19 cash and cash-equivalent relief, compiled by CASE at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

Funds for Coronavirus Relief Provided By Candid – a compiled list of funds specifically established for businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic

US Chamber of Commerce: A State-by-State Guide to Coronavirus Financial Assistance – state and regional financial assistance opportunities for small businesses

The Big List of COVID-19 Financial Assistance Programs for Small Businesses by State – a comprehensive guide of financial assistance programs for small businesses hurt by the outbreak of COVID-19 by state and county

Resources for Women-Owned Businesses – funding resources for women owned businesses

SBDC NET Small Business Assistance

Facebook Small Business Grants Program – Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries.

Google support small businesses and crisis response – a $200 million investment fund that will support NGOs and financial institutions around the world to help provide small businesses with access to capital.

Goldman Sachs COVID-19 relief fund – $250 million to provide emergency loans to small businesses across the country

JPMorgan Chase Supporting Small Businesses – $8 million to assist small businesses vulnerable to significant economic hardships in the U.S., China and Europe.

Verizon and LISC Support Small Businesses – investment of $2.5M to support small businesses with up to $10,000 grants.

Wefunder helping small businesses – Wefunder has funded ~$130M in hundreds of small businesses from over 400,000 investors.

US Bank helps small business owners – $4 million in grants in the hands of three key national partners – LISC, the United Way and Operation HOPE – to support small business owners and crisis relief.

Zapier helps most impacted small business customers – committing $1 million to help our most impacted small business customers

GoFundme Small Business Relief Fund – helping small businesses to collect money for funding

Mailchimp Relief Fund – giving $10 million in Mailchimp service to our small business customers who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

Kabbage Helping Small Businesses – launched an online hub to boost sales by including through a system where businesses can sell gift cards to consumers for use at a later date.

AT&T waiving fees – next 60 days, AT&T will not terminate their services because of their inability to pay

1Password Business offering free service for 6 months to Small Businesses – 1Password proving free 6 months service to keep business files secure when working remotely.

LinkedIn offering free courses for working remotely –free learning path with online courses.

Cisco WebEx COVID-19 – committing $225 million in cash, in-kind, and planned-giving to support both the global and local response to COVID-19.

Zoom Support during the COVID-19 pandemic – articles and video tutoirals on effectively using Zoom to navigate the coronavirus pandemic. Offering free for personal meetings for small businesses.

SBDC NET Competitive Grants

Visa Foundation Grants – committing $210 Million to Support Small and Micro Businesses and Immediate COVID-19 Emergency Relief

Hello Alice Small Business Grants – offering up to $10,000 emergency grants, being distributed immediately to small business owners impacted by this pandemic.

Other Grants:

Facebook Small Business Grant Program – Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries.

Environmental Grants & Loans to finance your business’s innovative environmental products and technologies and to support your environmentally friendly business.

FedEX Small Business Grant is annual grant, look for times to enter this in Spring 2020.

NAV has a quarterly grant opportunity for small business’. $10,000 1st place, $5,000 runner up. Tip: state the concept of how you will grow your business and purpose to stand out in selection process.

Product Development Fund is designed to aid in the development and production, including the commercialization, of new or improved products in the state of Texas. Products may include an invention, device, technique that’s readily capable of having commercial application. Funding range from $1 million – $5 million

Small Business Incubator Fund is for any business in the State of Texas is eligible, if the business is substantially likely to develop and expand the opportunities for small businesses in the state (for example, small business incubators) in the preferred industries.

Austin Economic Bridge Program Provides loans up to $35,000 for daily needs like rent, payroll, and debt. Eligible local businesses must be able to demonstrate an economic loss associated with the COVID-19 global pandemic. The loan is intended to “bridge the gap” between the time a major catastrophe hits and when a business secures recovery resources.

Capital Access Program funding is for small and medium sized businesses and non-profit organizations which are domiciled in the State of Texas or
have at least 51% of their employees located in the state and which are seeking financing for projects, activities or enterprises in the state that foster economic development.

Hutto Community Development Corporation The loan features a 3-month initial deferment period, with no payments due until after 90 days, and a 24-month loan term following the deferment period. For more information, please contact Tim Jordan, Economic Coordinator.

Cedar Park Loan Qualifying businesses could receive grants of up to $5,000 or loans of up to $10,000 that can be repaid over 24 months with zero interest. Businesses must employ fewer than 25 full-time workers and be seeing a 25% or greater drop in sales from COVID-19.

City of Leander Loan Provide working capital for personnel costs, rent, utilities and critical business equipment or supplies for existing small businesses within the city of Leander, Texas, that are experiencing a loss of business due to the COVID-19 crisis. Qualified applicants will be
eligible for economic development grants in the amount of $2,500 and $5,000, for businesses who can demonstrate direct negative impacts on their business related to theCOVID-19 pandemic.

Dallas Small Business Revolving Loan Program Provides loans to businesses within the Dallas city limits that will add jobs through expansion, relocation or growth or, retain jobs that might be lost. Small and/or minority and women-owned businesses are eligible.

Southern Dallas Small Business Revolving Loan Program The Southern Dallas Small Business Loan Program (SDSBLP) is for the benefit of small
businesses located in southern Dallas. The initial funding source is a Chapter 380 Economic Development grant received from the City of Dallas Public Private Partnership program. Small and/or minority and women-owned businesses.

Texas Department of Agriculture – Grants  (many opportunities are NOT related to agriculture)

Texas Wide Open for Business – Grants and Funding Programs

Texas Wide Open for Business – Financing and Incentives

Texas Wide Open for Business- Small Business

Texas Strong CompetitionTexas Rural Challenge

Local Resources:

Reach out to your local EDC to see what types of grants they may have as local incentives, tax abatements, facade grants, new market credits, etc. See website listings of our stakeholders:

Paris Economic Development Incentives

Commerce EDC Incentives

Greenville EDC Incentives

Sulphur Springs EDC Incentives

For further reading, see article on Top 10 Small Business Grants