Mayor Andrew J. Ginther, City Council President Shannon Hardin and JPMorgan Chase announced the Columbus COVID-19 Small Business Response and Recovery Fund, a loan and grant program created to help small businesses in Columbus get through the challenges of COVID-19. The City of Columbus will use $5.5 million received through its federal CARES Act allocation to capitalize the initiative, and JPMorgan Chase will contribute $250,000 to assist in providing technical assistance to small businesses in support of the City’s efforts.
Applicants can apply for up to $10,000 in Recovery Grants to help sustain their businesses through the COVID-19 Pandemic. These grants can be used to help small businesses maintain existing business operations and retain jobs.
The City will also provide assistance up to $5,000 in Return Safely Grants for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and facility improvements. These funds are intended to assist small businesses to secure PPEs and/or make necessary COVID-19 improvements required to re-open their businesses safely and responsibly.
The Pivot Loans provide small businesses with access to low-interest loans. The goal is to maintain existing business operations, while retaining existing jobs, creating new jobs or making capital investments due to unexpected market growth. Applicants are eligible to receive a loan amount up to $20,000.
The Columbus COVID-19 Small Business Response and Recovery Fund will open on June 9, 2020 at 5 p.m. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until July 17, 2020 at 5 p.m. Information on how to apply will be available on June 8. For more information, contact the Office of Small Business and Entrepreneur Development of the City of Columbus at 614-645-8616.