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The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is launching an additional grant opportunity specifically for small businesses in Ward 7 and 8.

The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will make available approximately $750,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding allocated from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to eligible for-profit small businesses.

Businesses must demonstrate a need for short-term working capital to retain jobs held by low- and moderate-income employees that may be lost due to business closures related to COVID-19. The program will provide support up to $10,000 for short term working capital to fund wages to avoid job loss caused by business closures or reduction in business due to social distancing, rent, utilities, interim operating expenses.


Applications will accepted through at 10 am on Friday, May 29, 2020.

Step One: Determine If Are You Eligible


Prohibitive Businesses

Common Eligibility/Threshold Requirements


Eligible Uses

Step Two: Prepare Your Documents

Before you start your application, please prepare the following documents. If you have all of your documents, the application can take up to 30-40 minutes; if you do not, it can take over an hour. If your business has been in operation less than two years, please provide documentation for the years your business has been in operation. If you do not provide the necessary documentation, it will delay the processing of your application.


Please use the Application Guide and FAQ Documents to walk you through every step of the application process.

Have Questions or Need Assistance?

Need Help? Visit the Application Guide and Troubleshooting Tips – English

For questions about the application or required documentation including technical assistance with the application system, please email [email protected].

For all other general business relief inquiries, please contact the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development through the COVID-19 Business Inquiry Form

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