Summit County Small-Business Grant Program

Summit County COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Relief Grant Program
On March 30, 2020, Summit County created the COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Relief Grant Program.  The program, to be administered by the Greater Akron Chamber, will provide $5,000 grants to eligible small businesses.  For more information, click here.
To be eligible, a small business must be for-profit, have its principal place of business located in Summit County, and employ between three and twenty-five employees (for at least 20 hours per week) – at least half of whom must be Summit County residents.  Additionally, the small business must apply for an SBA loan through a program established to support small businesses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program (more information on SBA loans can be found above).  Businesses approved for an SBA loan and that also meet the county’s program guidelines will be automatically approved; businesses denied an SBA loan may still be approved for a grant.

Grant program administrators are finalizing details for the application and review process and are targeting the start of the program for the week of April 6, 2020.  For more information, please contact COVIDgrant@greaterakronchamber.org.  This grant fund is accepting contributions to increase our capacity to help small businesses make it through this difficult time.  If you are interested in contributing to this grant fund, please contact Steve Millard, President & CEO of Greater Akron Chamber, at smillard@greaterakronchamber.org