Applications Open June 29 for State’s Small Business Grant Programs

Applications open Tuesday, June 29 for four small business grant programs that will support operations that experienced significant loss during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Ohio Development Services Agency will administer the grants that support food and beverage establishments, entertainment venues, and hotels, motels and bed and breakfast operations, as well as businesses that established themselves during the 2020 calendar year.

A general overview of the grant programs includes:

Food and Beverage Establishment Grant: 

  • This program will provide grants of $10,000, $20,000, or $30,000 to restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and other food and drinking businesses. The amount of individual grants to eligible businesses will be determined by the business’ loss of revenue in 2020.
  • $100 million in grants available
  • Find additional details on eligibility here

Entertainment Venue Grant

  • This program will provide grants of $10,000, $20,000, or $30,000 to theaters, music venues, spectator sports venues, museums, and other entertainment venues. The amount of individual grants to eligible businesses will be determined by the business’ loss of revenue in 2020.
  • $20 million in grants available
  • Find additional details on eligibility here

Lodging Grant

  • This program will provide grants of $10,000, $20,000, or $30,000 to hotels, motels, and bed and breakfast operations. The amount of individual grants to eligible businesses will be determined by the business’ decline in occupancy rate in 2020.
  • $25 million in grants available
  • Find additional details on eligibility here

New Small Business Grant: 

  • This program will provide grants of $10,000 to small businesses that were established between Jan. 1, 2020, and Dec. 31, 2020.
  • $10 million in grants available
  • Find additional details on eligibility here

Applicants must have an OH|ID. If a businesses does not already have an OH|ID, they can register at ohid.ohio.gov.

Businesses can find additional information, FAQ, applications (after June 29) and more at businesshelp.ohio.gov.