RESOURCES

We’ve gathered resources available by government agencies, companies, and organizations that are providing financial relief during this time.

LISC-Lowe’s  Grant

Apply by June 17th

Thanks to a significant grant from Lowe’s, LISC will provide the emergency assistance that small businesses desperately need to stay afloat. They will deploy grants to help them bridge the financial gap, and provide guidance to help them navigate the intricate web of public and private resources now available. LISC will focus these efforts on historically underserved communities—especially those enterprises owned or led by minorities and women, who often lack access to affordable capital.

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Glossier’s Grant Initiative for Black-Owned Beauty Businesses

The goal of this initiative is to help drive meaningful change in the beauty industry by supporting Black-owned businesses with capital, advisory support, and amplification.

In addition to receiving funding, the approximately 15 businesses selected for these grants will have the option to receive advisory support from relevant team members at Glossier and amplification via Glossier’s channels consisting of at least one dedicated Instagram story highlighting the business.

Applications will be open through July 3, 2020 at 11:59PM ET and recipients will be announced in mid-August. Finalists selected for this grant will likely be contacted by Glossier for additional information, including financial statements, before being confirmed for the grant funding.

 

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GOLDMAN SACHS 10,000 WOMEN

Complimentary Entrepreneurship Courses

10,000 Women is open for anyone to enroll. The collection was designed to meet the needs of women business owners in emerging economies, however, there are no eligibility criteria to take part. If you’re ready to grow your business, you will benefit from the range of topics covered in this innovative collection of online courses. Sign up & learn more here.

 

ONE UNITED BANK PPP

OneUnited Bank, the largest Black-owned bank in the country, is proud to announce the launch of its Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program. OneUnited Bank is a Preferred SBA 7A lender and offering the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to existing and new customers through online banking. OneUnited has unique access to $30 billion of stimulus funding that was allocated to Minority Depository Institutions and Community Development Financial Institutions as part of the second round of PPP.

LISC SMALL BUSINESS RELIEF GRANTS

LISC will release another round of LISC Small Business Relief Grants of up to $10,000 to businesses facing immediate financial pressure because of COVID-19—especially entrepreneurs of color, women-owned businesses and other enterprises in historically underserved communities who don’t have access to flexible, affordable capital. The grant can be used for paying rent and utilities, meeting payroll, paying outstanding debt to vendors, and other immediate operational costs.

 

OPEN POSITION: VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR FOR HANDS ON ATLANTA

Hands On Atlanta is hiring 5 part-time site coordinators to manage food distribution projects in partnership with ACFB and APS.  Position will start Wednesday, April 8th. Applicants need to be able to pass a background check and all of the COVID-19 safety guidelines, have 2+ years’ experience, be able to lift up to 30 lbs, stand for 8 hours, and have experience supervising diverse teams/individuals. Apply here.

INVEST ATLANTA BUSINESS CONTINUITY LOAN FUND

To ensure the viability of city businesses and to help sustain employment, Invest Atlanta has established a Business Continuity Loan Fund (BCLF) with $1.5 million of funding from the City of Atlanta. The fund will offer small businesses zero-interest loans to address a lack of working capital and cash flows as a result of reduced consumer demand, the ability to fulfill product or service orders and other economic conditions.

Amazon

$1 million to four community foundations near Washington, D.C., to address emergency Covid-19 needs including food insecurity, shelter, and financial assistance for people in need. The recipients are ACT for Alexandria, Arlington Community Foundation, Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, and the Greater Washington Community Foundation.

Bank of America

$100 million commitment to support communities throughout the challenges of the coronavirus outbreak. The bank is dedicating its giving to increase the response capacity of medical organizations, address food insecurity, provide access to distance-learning resources for children whose schools have closed, and provide support to the world’s most vulnerable people. Among the first grantees is Khan Academy, which provides free, online learning materials for students ages 4 to 18.

Bumble Business Grant

Bumble is giving 200 companies $5,000 in support. Apply in the Bumble app by April 5th. 

California Endowment

$5 million in a first phase of disaster-response funding to address the health, financial, and economic problems facing families and communities in California because of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Cleveland Foundation

$4 million from a collection of local donors to create the Greater Cleveland Covid-19 Rapid Response Fund, which will make grants to nonprofit organizations in northeast Ohio.

 

Coca-Cola Company

$5 million to the Greater Atlanta Covid-19 Response and Recovery Fund, a joint project of the United Way of Greater Atlanta and the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.

 

ESSENCE + Pine-Sol

ESSENCE + Pine-Sol™ are partnering to offer a $100,000 Legacy Award to help champion Black women and the entrepreneurial spirit. Apply by April 15th

Facebook

$100 million to the Facebook Small Business Grants Program, which will make free online advertising and grants available to 30,000 small businesses in over 30 countries where the social-media company’s employees live and work.

 

Google.org

$50 million pledge to the international coronavirus response, with a focus on health and science, educational resources for children who are out of school, and support of small businesses. The pledge includes $5 million to match gifts to the Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund, a project of the World Health Organization and the United Nations Foundation.

Fifth Third Foundation and the Fifth Third Chicagoland Foundation

$8.8 million to support long-term economic sustainability in the areas where the bank does business. The contribution will provide grants and loans for small businesses, affordable housing, homeownership, and economic development, as well as philanthropic support for United Way, United Fund, and other local agencies primarily in the Midwest.

 

Islamic Relief USA

$1.9 million to mosques and social-services organizations to help them continue their programs during the coronavirus outbreak.

JPMorgan Chase Repayable Loan

 $5 million in the U.S., to support vulnerable and underserved Black, Hispanic and Asian Pacific Islander owned small businesses

 

LendingTree

$1 million to the Foundation for the Carolinas and United Way of Central Carolinas for the Covid-19 Response Fund. The City of Charlotte is matching the grant with $1 million in public-sector support.

 

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association

$1 million to Feeding America and Meals on Wheels America to provide meals to children in need following widespread school closures and quarantines due to the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Minnesota Council on Foundations and the Saint Paul and Minnesota Foundation

$4.4 million to establish the Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund, which will provide grants to local foundations and other Minnesota grant makers to address emerging needs in their communities. Major foundations across Minnesota contributed to the fund, including the Ameriprise Financial Foundation, Best Buy Foundation, Better Way Foundation, Blandin Foundation, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation, Bush Foundation, Cargill Foundation, Land O’Lakes Foundation, Medtronic Foundation, Northwest Area Foundation, and the Target Foundation.

 

Netflix

$100 million to create an economic-relief fund to help crew members and other members of the Hollywood filmmaking community who are out of work during the coronavirus crisis. The streaming company has given $1 million to SAG-AFTRA for its Covid-19 Disaster Fund, $1 million to the Motion Picture & Television Fund, and $1 million to the Actors Fund Emergency Assistance in the United States, as well as $15 million for nonprofit groups outside the United States.

 

New York Community Trust

$75 million to create the NYC Covid-19 Response & Impact Fund, which will support nonprofit groups in New York that work in arts and culture and social services and will suffer financial losses from the coronavirus pandemic. The new fund, administered by the New York Community Trust, will provide grants and interest-free loans to small and midsize nonprofits in the city to help them respond to emerging needs and continue their work. Many major foundations in New York have donated to the fund, including Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Estée Lauder Companies Charitable Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Robin Hood, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

 

New York Life

$1.7 million to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s Covid-19 Response Fund, the CDC Foundation, and First Book. First Book is using its share of the grant money to supply books to children in low-income communities whose schools are closed.

 

Nike Foundation

$4.5 million to the global coronavirus effort. The new grants include $1 million to the Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund to support countries preparing for and responding to the crisis; $1 million to the Oregon Community Recovery Fund to help communities near its headquarters in Beaverton, Ore.; and another $1.1 million to the King Baudouin Foundation to support community partners across Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. In addition, in January the foundation granted $1.4 million to the China Youth Development Foundation to provide first responders in China with supplies and equipment to treat Covid-19 patients.

United Nations 

The United Nations in partnership with WHO has submitted a call for help from Creatives to help prepare messaging to stop the spread of COVID-19. 

Otto Bremer Trust

$50 million through its Community Benefit Financial Company subsidiary to provide financial support to nonprofit and other community organizations in Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. The new fund will provide emergency funding, loans, lines of credit, and other financial resources to organizations affected by the Covid-19 outbreak.

 

Pittsburgh Foundation, Heinz Endowments, Richard King Mellon Foundation, and Hillman Family Foundations

$10 million to create an Emergency Action Fund in response to the Covid-19 crisis and its effects on vulnerable people living in southwestern Pennsylvania.

 

PwC Charitable Foundation

$2.9 million to support communities most affected by Covid-19. The company has given $500,000 to Feeding America, $500,000 to Direct Relief, and $1.5 million to address needs throughout the United States. In late February, the PwC Foundation also made a $350,000 grant to Project HOPE to supply protective equipment to health workers in Wuhan and Shanghai Provinces of China.

 

Robert W. Woodruff Foundation

$5 million to the Greater Atlanta Covid-19 Response and Recovery Fund, a joint project of the United Way of Greater Atlanta and the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.

 

Rockefeller Foundation

$20 million to create a tracking and management system for Covid-19 and establish a program to cover the basic needs of vulnerable workers, families, and communities around the world. The foundation will also provide key assistance and support in the cities where it operates, especially Bellagio, Italy; New York City; Washington, D.C.; Nairobi; and Bangkok

 

Southern California Gas Co.

$1 million to local nonprofit organizations for Covid-19 relief efforts. Recipients include the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region, the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles Covid-19, Orange County United Way, and Proteus Inc., which provides education, job training, job placement, and other support services to families that work on farms and others in need in California’s San Joaquin Valley.

 

Synchrony

$5 million pledge to Feeding America’s Covid-19 Response Fund, Meals on Wheels America, and local hunger-relief organizations to provide food to vulnerable populations, particularly older people in isolation and low-income families.

 

Under Armour

$1 million to Feeding America to support hunger-relief efforts for children and families in need as a result of school closures and quarantines. The athletic-clothing company is also pledging $1 million in cash and in-kind equipment, footwear, and apparel to Good Sports to support youth sport leagues.

Verizon

Verizon Donating 2.5 Mil to non profit local initiatives grants up to $10,000 to struggling businesses.  

Walmart and Walmart Foundation

$25 million pledge to support organizations responding to the global coronavirus crisis. The retailer has committed to provide $10 million to support food banks, school-meal programs, and related food-security organizations; $10 million to support efforts in communities facing economic hardship in the United States and internationally; and $5 million to global efforts to help countries prevent, detect, and manage the coronavirus. The first recipients will be announced in the coming week.

Wells Fargo Foundation

$6.3 million pledge to support the domestic and global response to the coronavirus and to aid public-health relief efforts. Of the funding, $5 million will be given in the San Francisco area over the next few months. The CDC Foundation is also receiving $1 million, and the International Medical Corps will get $250,000 for its work in more than 30 countries.

Zapier Small Business Assistance Program

Zapier is creating a $1 million small business assistance program for businesses with 10 employees or fewer, a solo entrepreneur, privately owned business, businesses impacted by “social distancing” in an outsized way.⠀

 

 

TOOLS: 

Please see below for some tools that may be helpful for e-commerce and small business owners.

 

Apple

Offering free 90 day access to Final Cut Pro X for video editing and Logic Pro X to create music

 

Kabbage

Through Kabbage Payments™, any business can sign up to sell gift certificates online, and anyone can purchase them to support participating small businesses.⠀

 

Google

Google is offering free access to their advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing capabilities, as you’re adjusting your work-from-home policies in response to COVID-19.

 

Square

Square is refunding all software subscription fees for the month of March for existing sellers who currently use Square Appointments, Retail, Restaurants, Loyalty, Team Management, Payroll, Marketing, and Square Online Store.

 

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