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  • Business Funding Sources
    COVID-19 Relief Funding (SBA) Click Here
    Business & Industry Funding (USDA) Click Here
    Rural Business Cooperative Service Download
    Vystar Credit Union-Coronavirus Relief Programs Click Here
    Women Business Minority Grants & Loans Click Here
    Business Finance Group (Nationwide) Click Here
    Economic Development Funding Opportunities Click Here
    US Department of Labor Grant Opp Click Here
    The Workers Lab (New) Click Here
    Amazon BBA Program (New) Click Here



The funding resources listed here are brought to you by SBDPFLORIDA-US 

These resources are not processed in our office. However, if you have any questions regarding a funding opportunity please feel free to contact your Business Development Team Leader. Funding Resources will be updated periodically. 

Bacardi has pledged $3 million in relief to bars and restaurants affected by the COVID-19 shutdowns as part of its #RaiseYourSpirits campaign.

Facebook announced a $100 million grant for small businesses impacted by COVID-19 and launched the Business Resource Hub, which features recommendations to help small businesses stay connected to customers and stay on track.

James Beard Foundation started a Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund to provide microgrants to independent food and beverage small businesses in need.

JPMorgan pledged $50 million to help struggling customers, and $8 million in aid to small businesses, specifically.

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation announced the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund that will provide grants on a first-come first-served basis to restaurant owners and employees in need.

The Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation formed a COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund for small businesses and their restaurant workers, and is accepting donations.

Amazon Black Business Accelerator

Amazon’s new Black Business Accelerator provides access to capital, business guidance, mentorship, and marketing support to help Black business owners succeed as sellers in Amazon’s store.


Region-Specific Resources
  • Escambia County Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Grant Program. Grants to assist for-profit businesses located in Escambia County with their immediate cash flow needs as a result of a demonstrated economic injury due to COVID-19. The max grant award is $2,500 per applicant or business. The opening date to apply is Monday, April 20 at 8 a.m. CST with a deadline of Monday, April 27 at 5 p.m. CST. The application will be available online starting Monday, April 13, but applications will not be accepted until Monday, April 20 at 8 a.m. Please note that complete applications will be reviewed in the order they are received. 



  • Orange Cares: Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security. Orange County Government has created four funding categories and one replenishment category to ensure that the funds are able to meet the immediate and personal need of residents, business owners, nonprofits, municipal and community partners.




  • Community Foundation of Tampa Bay COVID-19 Nonprofit Needs Request Form. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our nonprofit community has been immediate and continues to grow. The Nonprofit Needs Request Form is one new way that the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay is working to help nonprofits in our community. This is not a competitive grant process. It is an innovative way to share specific needs with us, our fundholders (who granted over $20 million to nonprofits last fiscal year) as well as other philanthropists in the Tampa Bay community. After completing the simplified Nonprofit Needs Request Form, your needs will be included within a database of requests from our community. If your nonprofit’s request is matched with a donation, we will notify you and transmit funds to address the request as quickly as possible.


  • Tampa Bay Resiliency Fund. A unique partnership has been launched to help the critical organizations that provide assistance to the most vulnerable of our local residents being affected by the COVID-19 public health crisis. The Tampa Bay Resiliency Fund is a new strategic collaboration of the Pinellas Community Foundation, Allegany Franciscan Ministries, Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg and United Way Suncoast with nearly $1 million of funding assistance available to nonprofit 501(c) organizations and governmental agencies.


  • Penny for Pinellas Affordable Housing ProgramThe new Penny for Pinellas Affordable Housing Program will use revenue from the voter approved 1-percent sales tax with public and private investment to preserve and develop more affordable housing. The County is looking for a variety of applicants, including developers who specialize in affordable housing and those who traditionally build market-rate developments as well as municipal and nonprofit partners. Apply for funds by August 31, 2020.




  • Lee CARES. Lee County Government is investing in Human & Business Services to provide immediate assistance for individuals, families and businesses. Funds are available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act federal stimulus package.



  • Palm Beach County COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Grant. United Way and many other funders in Palm Beach County have joined together to establish a coordinated Coronavirus (COVID-19) Relief and Recovery application process. This funding process will provide assistance to nonprofit organizations in Palm Beach County and Martin County whose staff, services and clients have been impacted by this disaster. Funding priorities include emergency food, shelter, access to healthcare and other basic needs. 

Info: Grants Application:


Allegany Franciscan Ministries, COVID-19 Funding for Palm Beach, Martin & St. Lucie Counties. Allegany Franciscan Ministries has joined together with other funders in the Palm Beach region to establish a coordinated Coronavirus (COVID-19) Relief and Recovery application process. This funding process will provide assistance to nonprofit organizations across Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie Counties whose staff, services, and clients have been impacted by a disaster.

  • RISE Miami-DadeThe RISE Miami-Dade Fund was created to help small businesses in Miami-Dade County that were impacted by COVID-19. Loans under the program will be for a maximum of $30,000.





   Federal and State Funding Resources: Loans and/or Grants






   Resources from State and National Associations, Nonprofit Associations, Charitable Organizations







  • NCRC, National Community Reinvestment Coalition, COVID-19 Resources. The coronavirus has quickly spread into a global pandemic. Governments have taken drastic measures to encourage social distancing. Along with anxieties about contracting and spreading disease, millions of people who were already struggling or living paycheck-to-paycheck face new uncertainties about their financial security. Many organizations and governments have responded with resources and services to help individuals, small businesses and institutions cope with these challenges. Here is some information about how and where to obtain these resources.






  • TD Charitable Foundation Housing for Everyone. The annual TD Charitable Housing for Everyone competition is officially open until 4pm on October 30th, 2020. Applicant organizations must be tax-exempt 501(c)(3) or state/local government entities. The theme for this year is direct relief and supportive services for renters affected by COVID-19; which will seek to fund programs that provide access to safe, clean, physically accessible affordable rental housing units and needed wraparound services for families, individuals, the elderly, new Americans, Veterans, the disabled, women and youth. To access the online application and to learn more about this year's theme and guidelines, please visit the program's webpage
   Information for Employees and/or Individuals





  • Nonprofit Resources List #NPCOVID19. This is a google doc (you may need to have a Google or Gmail account to access it) curated by several nonprofit professionals. A work in progress, it is updated frequently with resource links on topics such as public health information, fundraising tips, self-care, working from home, and more.





Business Development Resources