March 31, 2020

Funding Options for Small Businesses During COVID-19

We know that this is a frustrating situation to be in as a business owner, which is why we’ve compiled this list of resources that can be used to steer your business through the crisis.

Federal Government Options

Through The CARES Act, the Small Business Administration (SBA) is providing financing resources to business owners experiencing economic hardships due to COVID-19. To learn more about the financing options included in The Cares Act, check out our COVID-19 Cares Act Guide.

State and Local Funding Programs

Depending on where your business is located, you may have access to state or regional funding programs. Below, you’ll find our comprehensive list of local funding options. In addition, you can visit your state government’s website. Fora Financial’s COVID-19 Financial Relief Blog Post

Commercial Grants

Corporations and non-profit organizations are taking a stand to help small businesses stay afloat during COVID-19. Below are a few notable grant options:

Industry Specific Relief Programs

We understand that each industry is uniquely impacted by COVID-19. This list provides industry specific programs tailored to help your small business survive during this difficult time. As more industry-specific funding solutions are added, we’ll add them below.
  • Restaurants:
  1. The Restaurant Worker’s Community Foundation
  2. James Beard Foundation Food and Beverage Relief Fund

Savings for Your Business

In addition to financing options, you can also take advantage of savings opportunities such as the extended tax deadline and business insurance. This list offers business savings resources for those affected by COVID-19.
  • The Internal Revenue Service website will provide you with more information about the 90-day delay for any tax payments owed up to $1 million

Paying It Forward

In these uncertain times, it’s important to join forces with other small businesses in your community. Learn more about what you can do to help support struggling businesses.
  • USA Today’s Support Local Page: Because many businesses are closed temporarily due to COVID-19, purchasing gift cards for future purchases is a great way to support them. USA Today is helping the cause with a page on their site where users can submit local businesses to be featured. Once submitted, USA Today will include a link to the business’s website so that patrons can support businesses by purchasing gift cards.
  • Yelp’s GoFundMe for Small Businesses: Yelp recently partnered with GoFundMe to raise money for local businesses.
  • Verizon’s Pay it Forward Live: Verizon’s Pay It Forward Live is a weekly streaming concert that includes music, comedy, and gaming to support small businesses.
  • Rally for Restaurants: This website allows you to buy a gift card, order take out, or gather your local officials to help restaurants in your community.
  • Free Google Ad Credits for Small Business Owners: To help struggling small businesses, Google is giving away $340 million ad credits, which can be used for the duration of 2020.


There are many resources available to small businesses that are struggling due to COVID-19. We hope that with these resources, you’ll be able to find financial assistance for your business. We’ll continue to update this post as more financial resources are made available to business owners.