Small Business Relief Program

The COVID-19 pandemic hurt Akron's small business community. We are investing $1 Million dollars into a relief program to provide our business community with a much-needed lifeline.

Your small business may qualify for a $10,000 grant to help keep the lights on and keep jobs local.

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A Lifeline for Small Business in Akron

Akron will invest $1 million in small businesses as part of $3.5 million dedicated from the City’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to support business owners. This one-time grant places an emphasis on small business that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

All applications will be accepted through September 2, 2022; an online application will launch on August 15, 2022. 

Protecting Our Local Economy

Grants will provide assistance to small businesses to keep their doors open, protect local jobs threatened by the COVID-19 pandemic, and increase the resiliency of local businesses within the City, particularly in geographic areas where the pandemic resulted in disproportionate economic outcomes.

Akron-based small businesses will have the opportunity to apply for cash assistance to help mitigate the threat of business continuity due to increased supply chain costs and lost revenue associated with COVID-19.

Funds Available

The grants are a single grant available at $10,000. The City of Akron set aside a total of $1 million for grants and the source of the funds are from the City’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

Apply August 15th

A completed application must be filled out by the business owner using the online submissions portal. Should a business be unable to use the online portal, the City will provide a paper copy of the application for the business to fill out to submit.

Scroll below for program requirements.

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This grant program will be administered on behalf of the City of Akron by the Greater Akron Chamber.

All program inquiries and communications should be made with the Greater Akron Chamber at its dedicated email for the program or call
(330) 237-1219 or mail at 388 South Main Street, Akron, OH 44311


Funding Guidelines

For a full summary of eligibility requirements, allowable uses, and application details. Download the Notice of Funding Application below.