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Grants to USA Small Businesses to Address
Business Needs Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Main Street America and American Express

Deadline Date:

06/30/22 11:59 PM CT


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Grants to USA small businesses whose owners are members of eligible minority populations to address business needs related to Coronavirus (COVID-19) challenges. Funding is intended for equipment, business fees, physical improvements, and general operating support. Applicants must own businesses located on a historical main street, downtown, or commercial district and must identify as Native or Indigenous, Hispanic or Latinx, LGBTQ+ or as immigrants, refugees, or forcibly displaced.

Eligible grant expenses include but are not limited to:

  • Physical improvements to business space to meet relevant reopening requirements implemented because of COVID-19.
  • Equipment to comply with public health and safety guidelines (i.e., touchless payment methods, automatic door open sensors, or disposable menus).
  • Fees associated with expanding the business to e-commerce sales.
  • Other professional services, such as business plan modifications.
  • Rent, payroll, and other operating expenses.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 203788

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

More than 300 grants over 4 cycles

Estimated Size of Grant:


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Businesses must meet the following criteria to apply:
- The business must be at least 51% owned, operated, and controlled by small business owners who identify as Native or Indigenous, Hispanic or Latinx, LGBTQ+ or as immigrants, refugees or forcibly displaced.
- The business must be a business entity in good standing in the state in which it was formed and the state in which it does business.
- The applicant’s business has a “brick-and-mortar” location and operates in an older or historic main street, downtown or commercial district in the United States—businesses in strip malls, residences, and shopping malls are not eligible for this grant program.
- The applicant’s business employs 20 or fewer full-time employees, including the owner.
- The applicant’s business has been in operation since January 1, 2021.
- The applicant is an owner of the business and is 18 years of age or older.

Membership in Main Street America is not required to be eligible for the Program.

Pre-Application Information:

Program Timeline:
- Application Opens: May 31, 2022, at 9am CT.
- Application Closes: June 30, 2022, at 11:59pm CT.
- All applicants notified via email in late August 2022.

Main Street America will provide training and resources to support small businesses that apply for the program, including:
- Specialized marketing webinars delivered by Main Street America topic experts.
- Free admission to upcoming small business training provided by Main Street America.
- Dedicated resources like the Main Street Online tool and more, developed by Main Street America.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

For questions not addressed in the FAQs, email or call 312.610.5613 to leave a voice message. Please allow up to 2 business days for a response.

The National Main Street Center, Inc.
53 West Jackson Blvd., Suite 350
Chicago, IL 60604

Phone: 312.610.5613
Fax: 202.588.6050

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