Resources for Businesses & Non-profits Impacted by COVID-19

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CARES Act Grant for Manufacturers

The Arizona Commerce Authority's Arizona Manufacturing Extension Partnership (AZ MEP) announced they are accepting applications from Arizona manufacturers in need of assistance as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds will be used to subsidize services delivered by AZ MEP to help manufacturers overcome the impact of the pandemic. Support is also available to assist companies that are producing personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies in response to COVID-19. Applications can be submitted online.

Dollars for Dreams Business Microloan

The Sustainable Economic Development Initiative (SEDI) helps realize the dreams of Flagstaff start-up, existing, and home-based businesses lacking access to small amounts of capital by providing up to $15,000 in initial financing and helping them establish and learn about credit.

Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)

The SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses and U.S. agricultural businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. Interest rates are 3.75% for small businesses and 2.75% for non-profits.

Main Street Lending Facility

The Federal Reserve established the Main Street Lending Program to enhance support for small and mid-sized businesses that were in good financial standing before the crisis by offering 4-year loans to companies employing up to 15,000 workers or with revenues of less than $5 billion. More information for borrowers can be found online.

Paycheck Protection Program

The Paycheck Protection Program resumed on January 11, 2021 and is open to new borrowers, as well as certain existing borrowers. If you have already exhausted your first PPP loan, the loan process for your second draw will be available beginning Wednesday, January 13. More information about eligibility, loan details and loan forgiveness can be found here

The SBA has published a list of active SBA Paycheck Protection Program lenders located in Arizona.

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant

The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program was established through the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits and Venues Act and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act to provide over $16 billion in economic relief to target industries. The SVOG application is slated to open April 8, 2021.

Private Grants

  • The Better Business Bureau's Pacific Southwest microgrant program offers $500 to $1,000 to recipients.
  • The Flagstaff Downtown Business Alliance is offering micro-grants. Please email Terry or email Tess for more details

Other Resources

For a comprehensive overview of resources available, please see the Small Business Owner's Guide to the CARES Act (PDF). Additional resources made available by recent federal legislation include an Employee Retention Tax Credit, SBA Express Bridge Loans, a Small Business Exception to the FFCRA, and debt relief.