Emergency Business Grants & Loans

Emergency Business Grants & Loans

by Thinq Tanq

October 14, 2020 / 6320 AFK

Updated November 17, 2020

Mutual Aid Resources

Mutual aid in Baltimore and elsewhere is available on Covaid.co. Get assistance with childcare, housing, food, healthcare, transportation, pet care, emotional/spiritual support, K-12 education, storage or other needs.

Baltimore Neighborhood Quarantine Assistance

Grants and Loans for Cooperatives

Baltimore Roundtable for Economic Democracy (BRED)

COVID-19 Emergency Loans (Shared Capital Cooperative)

Disaster Recovery Fund, grants for cooperatives (Cooperative Development Foundation)

Emergency Cooperative Enterprise Relief Loan (Cooperative Fund of New England)

The Working World

Grants and Loans for Traditional Businesses

Private Sources:

Micro grants to black women and gender non-binary entrepreneurs (SoGal Foundation)

Grants for black-owned businesses (Rebuild the Block)

Grant for Native American-owned small businesses (National Congress of American Indians)

Grant for women-owned businesses (Amber Grant Foundation)

Artist Relief Fund

Business for All Grants (Hello Alice and Verizon)

Small business grants for Pacific Southwest region (Better Business Bureau)

Micro grants for artists in 20 major cities (Red Bull)

Maryland Business Relief Wizard

Public Sources:

Baltimore County COVID-19 Restaurant Grant (Baltimore County), apply by December 14 at 5pm

Maryland Unemployment Application (Division of Unemployment Insurance)

US Small Business Administration (SBA) Coronavirus Relief

  • Worker cooperatives are eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loans.

  • [Closed August 8] Paycheck Protection Program of CARES Act

  • Economic Injury Disaster Loan

  • Express Bridge Loans

  • Debt Relief


Grants for Nonprofits

Private Sources:

Micro-grant for Native American nonprofits addressing COVID-19 (National Congress of American Indians)

Neighborhood Grant Eligible nonprofits build vibrant neighborhood spaces; build Socially Connected and Active Neighborhood Residents and build empowered, local leaders. (United Way of Central Maryland), apply by December 24, 2020 5pm Eastern

Public Sources:

Community Catalyst Grants (Baltimore City), apply by December 18, 2020 5pm Eastern


Seed Commons Worker Response Fund: "Help us make sure that the worker-owners on the frontlines of building a democratic economy have the resources they need to weather this storm. The workers of the Seed Commons cooperative network need your help building a mutual aid fund to endure the COVID-19 crisis." (Seed Commons)

Baltimore Black-led COVID-19 Response Fund CLLCTIVLY and our partners recognize that COVID-19 and the necessary public health measures to address it will affect our community in many ways – in the weeks ahead and the months to come. Along with the life-threatening implications, it will disrupt the normal operations of everyone in our community. Black-led organizations on the frontline are essential to the wellbeing of our community. (CLLCTIVLY)

COVID-19 African-American Relief Fund Small Business Grants

Native American Community Response Fund: Liberated Capital supports Indigenous and other people-of-color-led initiatives working for transformative social change. This fund—directed by the Decolonizing Wealth Project —aims to move untethered resources to help shape a future in which we can all heal from generations of colonial trauma and thrive in our cultures. (Decolonizing Wealth)

National Congress of American Indians COVID-19 Response Fund

NDN COVID-19 Response Project: The NDN Collective’s COVID-19 Response Project is designed to provide immediate relief to some of the most underserved communities in the country. NDN’s intent is to quickly distribute resources to frontline organizations, Tribes and individuals to provide gap services during this health crisis, and to artists and entrepreneurs who have suffered the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. (NDN Collective)

San Diego Black Business Relief Grant (Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce)