BUSINESS FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
City of Eau Claire EDA CARES Act Revolving Loan Fund
The City of Eau Claire was awarded funds through the EDA to establish a CARES Act Recovery Assistance Revolving Loan Fund. The program is only available to businesses located within the Eau Claire city limits. The RLF will provide 0% interest loans to businesses that were operating successfully prior to the COVID-19 outbreak. For more information, visit
SBA Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program
The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program was established through the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits and Venues Act and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act to provide over $16 billion in economic relief to target industries. The SVOG application portal will reopen on April 24, 2021 at 11:30 a.m.
Federal Reserve’s Main Street Lending Program
This program is established to support lending to small and medium-sized businesses (as defined under the program) that were in sound financial condition before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. See the program webpage for specific details.
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Assistance (EIDL)
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners, including agricultural businesses, and nonprofit organizations in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories can apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan. The EIDL program is designed to provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Effective April 22, the SBA modified the Targeted EIDL Advance application process to determine if businesses also qualify for the additional $5,000 Supplemental Targeted Advance. For details about the Targeted EIDL Advance and Supplemental Targeted Advance program, please visit SBA.gov/eidl
SBA Debt Relief Program
Under this program the SBA will assist with principal and interest payments for SBA 7(a) loans issued prior to September 27, 2020.
SBA Express Bridge Loan Program
This program allows small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access financing quickly. These loans can provide economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing and can be a term loan or used to bring the gap while applying for an SBA EIDL loan.
U.S. Department of Agriculture Business & Industry (B&I) CARES Act Program
USDA is making available up to $1 billion in loan guarantees to help rural businesses meet their working capital needs during the coronavirus pandemic. This program is available to rural businesses and agricultural producers that are not eligible for USDA Farm Service Agency loans. See program webpage for additional details.
GUIDANCE FOR NON-ENTITLEMENT UNITS OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT (NEUs)
The U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) has issued additional guidance to assist states with their distribution of funds to non-entitlement units of local government (NEUs), which are local governments typically serving a population under 50,000. Treasury has prepared a Non-entitlement Unit of Local Government Checklist for Requesting Initial Payment to help guide NEUs through the process. We will continue to watch for and share future guidance from the State of Wisconsin on the process for NEUs to request their allocation of funding from the state.
U.S. Department of Treasury Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds for Non-entitlement Units of Local Government: https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/coronavirus/assistance-for-state-local-and-tribal-governments/state-and-local-fiscal-recovery-fund/non-entitlement-units
Treasury’s guidance on NEUs: https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/NEU_Guidance.pdf
Treasury Non-entitlement Unit of Local Government Checklist for Requesting Initial Payment: https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/NEU_Checklist_for_Requesting_Initial_Payment.pdf
State of Wisconsin Department of Revenue – Guidance Available for American Rescue Plan Act – Local Fiscal Recovery Funds: https://www.revenue.wi.gov/Pages/SLF/COTVC-News/2021-05-12.aspx
NON-GOVERNMENTAL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE RESOURCES
(Note: this list is not exhaustive of all potential non-governmental assistance programs.)
Lowe’s-LISC Partnership Small Business Relief Grants: https://www.lisc.org/covid-19/small-business-assistance/small-business-relief-grants/lowes/
The HartBeat of Main Street Grant Program: https://www.mainstreet.org/howwecanhelp/hartbeat
Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce Emergency Loan Fund: https://www.hmongchamber.org/
Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation COVID-19 Loan Program: https://www.wwbic.com/
Facebook Small Business Grants Program: https://www.facebook.com/business/boost/grants
Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund: https://www.lisc.org/covid-19/verizon-small-business-recovery-fund/