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Loans, Grants to Help Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 in Downtown Phoenix

by Sara Scoville-Weaver
Business Development Sara Scoville-Weaver August 19, 2020

Hidden Track Cafe & Bottle Shop in Downtown Phoenix. (Photo: Lauren Potter)

Downtown Phoenix businesses have been hit hard by coronavirus-related closures and safety measures, but there are a growing number of resources and relief programs to turn to. The list below could help you or someone you know, so be sure to bookmark it, and share it with a fellow small business owner.

Please contact Sara Scoville-Weaver at with questions.

City of Phoenix Temporary Outdoor Dining Program

Check out this new program to help businesses in Phoenix create or add outdoor dining without the normal permitting fees and use our handy “tip” sheet if you need any further assistance.


SBA Economic Injury Disaster Assistance Loan 

The SBA Economic Injury Disaster Assistance Loan is a federal program that provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million. The City of Phoenix has prepared a useful video on how to apply for an SBA loan.

Paycheck Protection Program Loan

The Paycheck Protection Program is a federal loan program designed to provide direct incentive for keeping workers on payroll. This loan is separate from the SBA Economic Disaster Loans. How to apply

*As reported by the Business Journal on 4/29, “smaller community banks may be having an easier time in processing and getting small business loans approved.”

Prestamos CDFI, LLC

Prestamos, a Community Development Financial Institution, is offering COVID microloans of up to $25,000 with the first six payments paid directly by the SBA.

Kiva Small Business Loans

Kiva Small Business Loans are managed by a private nonprofit providing 0% interest loans for U.S. based entrepreneurs.

Opportunity Finance Network

The CDFI network is partnering with Google to launch the Grow with Google Small Business Fund to support small businesses.


Phoenix Rise Microbusiness Grants

This new grant offers up to $10,000 in funds to owners of businesses with up to 5 employees and where the business owner’s household income falls below regional income standards.

City of Phoenix Covid-19 Funding Grants (Opened May 21, 2020)

The City has launched several new grant opportunities:

Phoenix Small Business Relief Grants (Round 2)

The City of Phoenix in coordination with the Phoenix IDA is offering grants up to $10,000 to local businesses and startup companies.

Phoenix Microbusiness Resiliency Grants

The City of Phoenix is offering grants up to $5000 to local microbusinesses, solo practitioners and entrepreneurs affected by Covid-19.

Phoenix Commercial City Services Bill Relief Grant

Applicants with a City of Phoenix Commercial City Services account may apply.

APS Customer Support Fund

APS is offering small businesses help through a special new fund. Current customers on the Extra Small or Small Business Plans who are two months or more past due on their bill can receive a bill credit of $1000.

BBB Main Street Matters Grant

This grant from the Better Business Bureau will now accepting applications. Priority will be given to businesses with 5-20 employees and those that are BBB accredited.

Salesforce Care Small Business Grants

Salesforce has announced a $3M small business grant program that will provide $10,000 to 300 for-profit small businesses.

Additional resources and helpful tools

Receive personalized, one-on-one business technical assistance and help navigating payroll, HR, legal, finance and loan applications at The Greater Phoenix SCORE, your local SBDC office or Local First Arizona. 

Governor Ducey’s executive order halting evictions for small businesses and nonprofits. The order in Spanish.

Small business resources and information can be found at the City of Phoenix’s Business and Resident Resource page and at Downtown Phoenix Inc.’s dedicated COVID-19 response page.

CBIZ Resource Center and How to Apply for SBA Loans

Arizona Commerce Authority Business Resources

Local First Arizona Webinars for your Business

Be aware of scams

We encourage you to also be aware that there are already some COVID-19 scams happening. Please be careful with any e-mails you receive promising assistance or with unusual links or sender email addresses. Beware of these scams and high interest loans.


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