Facebook Small Business Grants Program Application Window Closing Soon:
The Facebook Small Business Grants Program for Black-Owned Businesses is looking to invest $100 million in by the end of 2020. The application deadline is Monday, Aug. 31.

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Grants up to $20,000, Applications Open Aug. 31:
The Local Initiatives Support Corporation has a new grant funding cycle that opens Aug. 31. Its goal is to support small businesses impacted by the pandemic, with a focus on underserved communities that lack access to flexible, affordable capital. Grants of up to $20,000 will help small business owners meet their immediate needs with bills like rent and utilities, payroll, vendor debt, and immediate operational costs.

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$10,000 Amber Grants For Women:
Each month, Amber Grants gives $10,000 to women who have business dreams and need a jump start to follow them. The new grant cycle opens for applications on Sept. 1

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Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) Small Business Grant Program:
Organizations eligible for this grant employ 50 or fewer employees, including the owner(s). Grant amounts are initially limited to $50,000, and organizations applying must incur or have incurred costs due to COVID-19 between March 1, 2020 and November 15, 2020. Applications will consider industry, timely use of funds, and availability of funds.

The department is focused on assisting the hardest hit industries including retail trade, accommodation, food service, and health care, in addition to family-owned farms. However, this grant is not limited to these industries.


In preparation of submitting your application, please have the following documents and information available:

  • Applicant FEIN, MO Tax ID, and NAICS (North American Industry Classification)
    • To find your NAICS, the employer may go to https://uinteract.labor.mo.gov/benefits/home.do and log in. Go to the Inquiry tab, then select Employer Account. Then select the “Details” button and the NAICs code is displayed on the screen as well as a short description. You may also call (573) 751-3340. If your organization is not required to have an Unemployment Insurance (UI) account, you may not have a NAICS code.
  • E-Verify MOU (Refer to program guidelines for information about E-Verify and instructions for obtaining an electronic copy of the MOU). This can be submitted now or at the time of reimbursement.
  • An Applicant that is awarded grant funds will be required to register your business with the Office of Administration through MisssouriBUYS. The vendor registration portal is available on the MissouriBUYS website at https://missouribuys.mo.gov .  (Refer to program guidelines for information about MissouriBUYS and instructions for registering.)  You may register now or prior to seeking reimbursement.
  • List of owners with birth dates.    
Online application



LISC Small Business Recovery Fund:
Thanks to support from funders like Verizon and Sam’s Club, LISC is providing grants to small businesses, to help them keep functioning and remain vital facets of their local economies through this challenging period.

Grant Application – Applications for round 2 are now closed. The next round will open on May 14th. Please register to receive email updates on the program.



Community Foundations Relief Efforts:
More than 325 U.S. community foundations in all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, have created relief funds to support those affected by COVID-19, directing critical relief to local nonprofits and partnering with local governments and health organizations to help contain its spread.

    • The St. Louis Community Foundation has launched the Regional Response Fund to direct philanthropic resources to local people and institutions most affected.


Small Business Resource Discretionary Grant Program:
The St. Louis Port Authority is sponsoring the Small Business Resource Discretionary Grant Program through the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership. This new St. Louis County program will give $500 discretionary grants to help sole proprietors, contract workers, gig workers, 1099 workers, and other businesses who do not qualify for our Small Business Resource Program (SBRP)

The grant program is giving a preference for businesses in the Promise Zone area in North County and Lemay in South County to help businesses lessen the burden of paying for rent or even for groceries to help them get through this crisis.


SBA Loans:
Small businesses may apply to and be awarded (subject to lender guidelines) from both programs


COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan 
The CARES Act establishes an emergency grant to allow an eligible entity who has applied for an EIDL loan due to COVID-19 to request an advance on that loan, of not more than $10,000, which the SBA must distribute within 3 days. Applicants shall not be required to repay advance payments, even if subsequently denied for an EIDL loan.

Paycheck Protection Program

Loans for self-employed & small businesses with under 500 employees for amounts 2.5 times the average monthly payroll & other benefit costs up to $10 million, payments deferred for 6-12 months.

Loan is forgivable for up to eight weeks of the portion used on payroll for employees making under $100,000, rent on a lease executed before February 15, 2020, electricity, gas, water, telephone, internet or other utilities started prior to February 15, 2020 – as long as employees are retained through June 30th.

Justine PETERSEN offers SBA Payment Protection Program Loans under CARES Act. For more information on how to apply for a PPP loan with Justine PETERSEN, please contact Aida Richardson at arichardson@justinepetersen.org.

FREE LEGAL ASSISTANCE For Small Business PPP Loans – The Urban League & Lewis Rice have partnered to provide free legal services to black owned businesses applying for PPP loans or seeking guidance before using any of the funds. 



$5,000 Grants Available to Female Entrepreneurs:
The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation donated $5 million to support female entrepreneurs and teamed up with GlobalGiving to establish the Red Backpack Fund. GlobalGiving will make 1,000 grants of $5,000 each available to female entrepreneurs in the U.S. The current round of funding is open until May 11 at 12pm.


Hello Alice Resource Center:

Applicants can only apply for one of these funds – we recommend you apply for the COVID-19 Emergency Grant first, and other funds in the future if you do not receive a grant through the COVID fund.



PETITION: Small Businesses Call on Congress to Bail Out Main Street:
Urge our members of Congress to provide a massive and bold stimulus package to support small businesses during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.