For Small Businesses

Small businesses are at serious risk. These enterprises are the lifeblood of communities, providing critical goods and services as well as jobs to locals. Small businesses desperately need emergency assistance to bridge the gap and stay afloat until the crisis passes.

Below are the ways LISC is providing assistance to the small business community.

LISC Services

LISC Small Business Relief Grants

Small businesses across the country are confronting extreme economic challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Financial support at this critical time can make the difference between staying in business or closing permanently, leading to lost income, jobs, and economic instability.

Thanks to support from a variety of funders, we are providing grants to small businesses, to help them keep functioning and remain vital facets of their local economies through this challenging period.

Application period for round 5 is now closed. To receive notifications about future grants opportunities, please register below.

Round 5 closed on Monday, August 3rd at 11:59 p.m. EST.

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Please contact with any additional questions.

SBA Paycheck Protection Program

The SBA Paycheck Protection Program is designed to keep your workers on payroll and your doors open. The program provides access to low interest and partially to fully forgivable loans to small business owners and nonprofit organizations with no personal guarantee or collateral required. Funds may be used to help pay business payroll, utilities, and other operating expenses during the Covid-19 outbreak.


Below is a list of common resources to help you with your Payment Protection Program loan request:


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SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance

The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance provides vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Loan advances of up to $10,000 are available to provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available following a successful application. This loan advance will not have to be repaid.


  • Businesses with no more than 500 employees (including sole proprietorships, independent contractors and self-employed persons, nonprofit organizations, or veterans organizations) OR
  • Businesses in certain industries may have more than 500 employees if they meet the SBA’s size standards

How to Apply

Applications for a COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance are directly through the SBA and are available online.

Loan advance funds will be made available within days of a successful application, and this loan advance will not have to be repaid.

Small Business Resources

With support from Sam’s Club, LISC compiled funding opportunities and resources that may be helpful to small businesses. This guide contains select resources, organized by state.

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Local Resources

Chamber RVA
Veterans Business Outreach Center
Virginia Procurement Technical Assistance Program
Virginia Small Business Development Centers
Women’s Business Center
Economic Injury Disaster Advance Loan
Payroll Protection Plan

For EIDL applications or updates, please contact the Office of Disaster Assistance.

Disaster Assistance (EIDL)
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