Columbus-Franklin County COVID-19 Response and Recovery Programs and Resources
Guide to Internet Plans for Low and Fixed-Income Households
Find out if you or a member of your household qualify for a discount on internet, free computers, and resources to stay connected at home: https://www.inmyarea.com/resources/guide-internet-low-income-customers
Small Business Recovery Grant Program
GRANTS - The Columbus-Franklin County COVID-19 Small Business Response and Recovery Fund
The Franklin County Commissioners are offering a small business grant relief program for low-to-moderate income business owners (25 or fewer employees) located outside of the City of Columbus but within the balance of Franklin County for businesses that have experienced a downturn due to the recent COVID19 pandemic. Maximum grant award is $10,000.
Franklin County Small Business Revolving Loan Fund
Franklin County Quick Strike Loan Fund for Small Businesses – Economic and Community Development Institute
Franklin County is partnering with the Economic and Community Development Institute to provide an additional $500,000 in small business loan funds to leverage an additional $1.5 million in funds to loan to businesses throughout Franklin County.
As bank credit becomes ever more tight and restrictive various viable small business will still need financing. This program helps Franklin County small businesses in opening up additional capital immediately.
For assistance or information on this program please reach out to: Steve Fireman email@example.com
(614) 559-0113 or https://www.ecdi.org/invest/loan-program
Franklin County – KIVA Microloans
KIVA: Small Business Development Center at Columbus State Community College
Franklin County is partnering with the Columbus Small Business Development Center to revitalize the community-based KIVA lending program for our smallest of entrepreneurial loan needs.
Kiva is a character-based, community-backed lender. Kiva provides funding opportunities for entrepreneurs who do not fit into the box of traditional conventional financing. Kiva loans are 0% interest, up to $10,000. The loans offer 6 – 36 month terms with no late fees or prepayment penalties for paying off your loan early. The SBDC is here to assist you in navigating the application process and to champion community support.
Contact us to see if KIVA is right for your business today: Columbus@local.kiva.org
Kiva Columbus Capital Access Manager
Franklin County COVID19 Business Technical Assistance
Franklin County Quick Strike Fund for Minority and Women-owned Small Businesses – Columbus Urban League’s Resiliency Focus Project (“RFP”)
The Columbus Urban League will create a Resiliency Focus Project for Minorities, Women & Small Businesses which will provide clients with access to counseling; technical assistance and information regarding available financial products specifically targeted for small businesses owned by minorities and small businesses.
For assistance or information on this program please call Melinda Carter (614) 736-9255 or firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit https://www.cul.org/mbac/
Franklin County COVID19 Workforce “Skills Boost” Training
Franklin County Quick Strike Fund for Recently Unemployed – Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio
Franklin County is partnering with the Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio to assist residents whose employment has been suspended or terminated due to efforts to mitigate the COVID 19 virus. The Workforce Development Board will engage residents in opportunities to acquire additional skills and credentials. Up to $250 dollars of benefits will be available to each applicant.
Recently unemployed residents work the Workforce Development Board for a minimum of two weeks on various trainings and career-readiness counseling and then are eligible for a $250 stipend for assistance in the immediate few weeks after being furloughed or laid-off. For assistance or information on this program please reach out to: FCSkillBoost@wdbco.org