Non-Government Funding Resources

Last updated: 4/22/2020

Note: This post will be continually updated as additional resources become available.

What non-government resources are available for small businesses?

There are many types of government assistance and loans available at this time, including the funds freed up by the newly-signed CARES Act.

But what non-government resources and grants are available for small businesses?

  • In order to support our customers, ZenBusiness is funding a¬†grant program¬†which will provide $1,000 grants to selected customers who apply by donating 10% of the money we generate from new customers who sign up for plans. If you are interested in applying please apply¬†here.
  • Facebook recently launched a¬†Small Business Grants Program¬†where they are offering $100 million in cash grants and ad credits to as many as 30,000 small businesses. Applications will begin in the next few weeks.¬†Learn more¬†about this program and¬†sign up for updates.
  • Telecom giant Verizon is donating .5 million to nonprofit Local Initiatives Support¬†Corporation¬†for its¬†Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Fund, which will use the funds to provide grants of up to ,000 to struggling businesses.
  • Amazon launched a $5 million¬†Neighborhood Small Business Relief Fund¬†to provide cash grants to small businesses in and around the Seattle area that are impacted by COVID-19.
  • To help local restaurants and bars, Yelp announced¬†$25 million in relief¬†in the form of¬†waived advertising fees, free advertising, and products and services.
  • GoFundMe, the social fundraising platform, has launched the¬†Small Business Relief Initiative, partnering with Yelp to provide small-business owners with grants and resources. GoFundMe and Yelp have each donated $500,000 to the¬†Small Business Relief Fund, and it is open for anyone to make a donation. There will also be $500 matching grants to qualifying businesses that raise at least $500 on GoFundMe.
  • James Beard Foundation, the national nonprofit culinary arts organization, has launched the¬†Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund. The organization will draw support from corporate, foundation, and individual donors to offer micro-grants to restaurants, bars, and other independent businesses in the industry.
  • Kiva is urging small businesses¬†to apply for¬†0% interest loans for up to $15,000. The company is also offering a longer grace period: New borrowers can access a grace period of up to six months.
  • Opportunity Fund, which specializes in money lending to small businesses owned by women, immigrants and people of color, is collaborating with investors and nonprofits to put together a¬†coronavirus relief fund¬†that will provide grants and low-interest-rate loans to business owners in need.

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