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COVID Grants May Be Drying Up for Small Business: What Else Is Out There?

Post COVID, if you’re still looking for free money for your business, other small-business grants may help meet your needs. Here’s how to get them.

 Understand What’s Available

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program, which launched in April , is open to businesses like movie theaters, museums and performance halls until its roughly $16 billion is exhausted.

 Watch for Opportunities

For federal small-business grants, visit The website, managed by the Department of Health and Human Services , lists more than 1,000 awards.

One resource that may help is GrantWatch.


“It’s important to show that your business doesn’t need to be saved,” says Stephanie Duncan, co-owner of Harmony Harvest Farm in Weyers Cave, Virginia. Tell a compelling story

 Beware of Scams

Before applying for a grant and providing information like a Social Security number or employer identification number, ensure its validity. Red flags may include a fee or an application requiring nothing but your personal or business information.

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