COVID-19 Grants

Sam's Club, Google, Hello Alice and local community grants are being distributed immediately to small business owners impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

PayPal Empowerment Grants for Black Businesses Program

PayPal announced a $530 million commitment to support black and minority-owned businesses and communities in the United States.  A few notable highlights include:

Apply here. Grant program paused.

Fort Bend county COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Assistance Program

Funded by The CARES ACT, the Fort Bend County Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program is a collective effort to provide grants up to $25,000 to as many small businesses as possible. These supplemental funds are designed to help the most vulnerable businesses continue to meet their financial and operating needs as they get through this pandemic. These funds cannot cover all expenses but are intended to bridge the most immediate financial needs.

Apply here.

Sam's Club Small Business Grant

Grants of up to $10,000 each to small business owners to help meet their most immediate needs. Eligible expenses include:

Apply here

Texas Small Business Emergency Micro-grant Source (TSBEMS)

Entrepreneurs who own businesses that meet the following criteria may apply for funds:

• Business has been open for at least 2 years and is currently open for business

Business is currently registered with the State of Texas

• Business has not previously received a micro-grant from TSBEMS

• Business has suffered some type of damage or loss beyond the owner’s control, which has presented the need for emergency funds in order to continue daily operations 

Apply here

Southern Smoke Emergency Relief Fund

Southern Smoke is a nonprofit 501c3 charitable foundation. Our Emergency Relief Program provides emergency funding to those employed by or own restaurants or bars or are employed by a restaurant or bar supplier that are faced unforeseen expenses that cannot or will not be covered by insurance. We stand with those in our community and are committed to “taking care of our own”. Please only apply if insurance is not providing you with compensation for your emergency.

Apply here.

MicroVentures Gives

MicroVentures Gives is a 501(c)(3) charity that is currently working to provide meaningful grants to small businesses across the U.S. who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. We are accepting nominations for small businesses that need support right now across industries, whether that be your favorite coffee shop or a local startup.

Nominate here.

Facebook Small Business Grants Program

Facebook is offering $100 million in cash grants and ad credits to help small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. With this grant you can:

Who’s eligible? Up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in more than 30 countries where we operate will be able to receive the grant. To be eligible to apply, you must:

Apply here. Not available for Houston.

Google Small Business, Medium Business Grant

To help address some of these challenges, Google announced a new $800+ million commitment to support small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), health organizations and governments, and health workers on the frontline of this global pandemic. This includes giving SMBs worldwide $340 million in ad credits, which can be used at any point until the end of 2020 across our Google Ads platforms. Please note that SMBs who have been active advertisers since the beginning of 2019 will see a credit notification appear in their Google Ads account in the coming months. This grant is part of a larger commitment from Google to support SMBs, health organizations and governments, and health workers on the frontline of this global pandemic.

In addition to providing $340 million in ad credits, Google also set up a fund that will support NGOs and financial institutions around the world to help provide small businesses with access to capital. This is in addition to the $15 million in cash grants is already providing to nonprofits to help bridge these gaps for SMBs. Google is also providing $20 million in ad grants to community financial institutions specifically to run public service announcements on relief funds and other resources for SMBs.

Apply here.

Hello Alice COVID-19 Grant

Apply for a COVID-19 Business for All Emergency Grant. Hello Alice is offering $10,000 grants being distributed immediately to small business owners impacted by coronavirus, as part of their broader mission to ensure Business for All. In addition to funding, grant recipients will receive ongoing support from the Hello Alice community.

Apply here.

Brazos Valley COVID-19 Community Relief Fund

The Brazos Valley COVID-19 Community Relief Fund is being managed by United Way of the Brazos Valley, the Community Foundation of the Brazos Valley, the Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce, the City of Bryan and the City of College Station in partnership with local businesses and philanthropic donors who have already contributed over $370,000 to the relief effort. Funds will be distributed throughout the Brazos Valley for: Nonprofit Organization Support - offering grants for programs supporting food, rent and utility assistance for those impacted by COVID-19 response Small Business Relief - offering small business payroll and rent grants for those whose business has experienced severe interruption due to COVID-19 response.

Apply here.

LiftFund COVID-19 Grant & Loans

LiftFund is ready to assist small businesses during this time. They have special public and private partnerships to assist small business across our footprint. Please note that there is limited funding for the special programs, but they are offering a LiftFund COVID-19 loan to also assist small businesses during this time.

For loan and grant opportunities visit (Grant applications closed. Some loan programs are still available.)

This page will be updated as new information becomes available. 

Last update: June 24, 2020.