Up to $3 Million Available in New ARPA Small Business Grant Programs


The American Rescue Plan Act has already awarded millions of dollars in pandemic relief to communities across the country. Some of this money has already supported small local businesses. And cities and counties continue to make this funding available through new grant programs. This week, several cities announced new options, from Cambridge, Massachusetts to Aurora, Colorado. Check out the latest small business grant opportunities below.

Norcross ARPA Small Business Grant Program

Norcross, East Georgia partnership with Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs (ACE) to launch the city’s new small business grant program. The program includes $600,000 in funding from the American Rescue Plan Act to support pandemic recovery efforts. Qualified Norcross small businesses can apply for grants of varying amounts to cover operating costs or upgrades related to pandemic recovery or employee retention. The deadline to apply is June 2.

Central Minnesota Initiative Foundation Grants

The Initiative Foundation is proof small businesses in central Minnesota through a new grant program. The program includes $500,000 funded by the Otto Bremer Trust. And eligible businesses can apply for grants of up to $10,000. The program aims to help micro-enterprises with five full-time employees or less. Eligible expenses include those related to pandemic-related disruptions and losses. The program also prioritizes businesses that open shortly before the pandemic, those in rural areas, those not supported by other relief programs, and businesses owned by women, veterans, and members of the community. the community of color. The application period ends on June 10.

Bay County Small Business Grant Program

The Bay County Small Business Grant Program in Michigan offers $1 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds to local small businesses. The Payback Grant Program is open to for-profit businesses with a physical location in Bay County and between 2 and 50 total employees. Companies must also demonstrate the negative effects of the pandemic. Eligible businesses can apply for grants of up to $20,000 by May 31.

Belton Small Business Grants

Belton, East Texas provide $850,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funds to local businesses impacted by the pandemic. To be eligible, businesses must currently operate with a physical location in Belton and fewer than 100 employees. Grants can cover between $5,000 and $20,000 of pandemic-related expenses. June 3 is the deadline to apply.

Cambridge Small Business Relief Grants

Cambridge, Massachusetts recently announcement a new round of small business relief grants. The fund includes more than $2 million to support pandemic recovery efforts. The final round focused on restaurants and nightlife. But this one will provide funding to a wider range of businesses. Funded by the American Rescue Plan Act, the program is open to businesses with 50 or fewer full-time employees that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible businesses can apply for up to $10,000 before the May 31 deadline.

Aurora Safety and Security Grant Program

Aurora, Colorado East offer grants to improve safety and security in local small businesses and community organizations. The program includes $3 million to fund safety and security upgrades such as lighting, alarms and new entrance doors. Eligible businesses and organizations must go through a safety and security assessment with the Aurora Police Department and then work with city-approved contractors for installations. Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, with a final deadline of June 30.

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