COVID-19 Resources

Emergency Capital Programs & Funding Opportunities

  • Small Business Administration Emergency Capital Programs
  • COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Assistance Program
    *Please note that the application window for this grant is currently closed. 
    The COVID-19 Relief Pennsylvania Statewide Small Business Assistance program will provide grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 to small businesses that have been economically impacted by COVID-19. This is not a first-come, first-served program. There will be multiple rounds of application windows. Application window for the first round of funding is expected to open on June 30th and remain open for 10 business days. Applications will continue to be accepted after 10 business days but will be considered for future rounds of funding. Additional rounds will be announced soon. 

    • Application Site 
    • Program Guidelines

    • List of CDFIs 

      Those interested in applying for this grant need to make application through a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). There are two CDFIs in the state that are accepting applications from small businesses in Clinton, as well as Centre and Lycoming counties. The grant application will be on their website:

         • The Progress Fund – (Counties Served: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Potter, Somerset, Tioga, Venango, Warren, Washington, Westmoreland).
      Additional Information from the Progress Fund

         • Reinvestment Fund – (Counties Served: All Counties).

    The new SEDA-COG EDA COVID-19 Loan Fund is for businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19. For-profit businesses can apply for loans of at least $10,000 starting now until funds are exhausted. No payments are due in the first six months. The total amount of the fund is $400,000. The interest rate is 3.25%. Businesses must be in SEDA-COG’s region of Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Juniata, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder, and Union counties.

  • Mainstreet Lending Program
    The Federal Reserve developed the Main Street Lending Program to help credit flow to small and medium-sized businesses that were in sound financial condition before the pandemic. The program is for businesses with 15,000 or fewer employees who had 2019 revenues of $5 billion or less, and requires minimum loans of $250,000. Loans through this program will go through eligible lenders.
  • GoFundMe Small Business Relief Fund
    As part of the Small Business Relief Initiative, GoFundMe, Intuit QuickBooks, Yelp, GoDaddy, and have each donated to the Small Business Relief Fund., the charitable and advocacy arm of GoFundMe, started the Small Business Relief Fund to benefit small businesses. Supporters can donate to the Small Business Relief Fund, which will issue $500 matching grants to qualifying businesses that raise at least $500 on GoFundMe. 

  • Hello Alice Business for All Emergency Grant
    Hello Alice is offering $10,000 grants being distributed immediately to small business owners impacted by COVID-19, as part of their broader mission to ensure Business for All.

  • The Red Backpack Fund
    The next round of funding will open on August 3 and run through August 10. 
    The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation donated $5 million to support female entrepreneurs in the wake of COVID-19 and have teamed up with GlobalGiving to establish The #RedBackpackFund. GlobalGiving will award at least 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 this crisis. 

  • Open Road Alliance Grants
    Charitable Grants will only be offered to organizations responding directly to COVID-19. Eligible organizations must be one of the following:
    • A US-registered 501c3 nonprofit in good standing
    • A for-profit social enterprise or foreign charity with a U.S.-registered charitable fiscal sponsor/partner organization in good standing (501c3, Private Foundation, DAF, etc.)

  • Grantstation Grant Locator
    This database allows you to find the latest COVID-19 grant funding opportunities for nonprofits, small businesses, journalists, and artists, updated each business day and listed by deadline date.

    CASE and CASE i3 at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business launched a searchable website to help any entrepreneur in the world, for-profit or nonprofit, struggling due to the economic impacts of COVID-19, to locate cash relief resources in their community.

  • Small Business Grants for Companies Hit by COVID-19 (Compiled by Inc.)
    Inc. has compiled a list of states, cities, counties, and corporations providing grants for small businesses.

  • PA 30 Day Fund Grants
    PA 30 Day Fund, a Pennsylvania non-profit, is providing forgivable loans for Pennsylvania-based small businesses. The forgivable loan is intended to provide immediate financial assistance (within maximum three days) to meet payroll, preserve healthcare coverage for employees and save jobs while they await recently approved federal funding.

  • Surdna
    Several grants are available to existing and established businesses owned by people of color. 

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