COVID-19 Assistance Available For Local Businesses, Nonprofit Groups

New resources intended to support Tucson-area businesses during the pandemic

Pima County and the City of Tucson recently made millions of dollars available to help small businesses affected by COVID-19. Most of the funding is provided through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. These funds add to the assistance offered by Tucson Electric Power and other existing resources for businesses.

Pima County

Pima County’s new grant program will provide $1.7 million to support small businesses facing financial challenges because of the pandemic.

The Pima County CARES for Small Business Grant Program will provide grants up to $10,000 to qualifying small businesses and nonprofit organizations. Qualifying businesses can use the grants to pay for utilities and other basic expenses. Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and may only be applied to past expenses.

These funds are available to small businesses with no more than 30 employees that operate in unincorporated areas of Pima County. Certain businesses are not eligible for funding and other restrictions and qualifications apply.

To apply for Pima County CARES funding, visit the Pima County CARES for Small Business Grant Program webpage. The application process opened Friday, Sept. 25.

City of Tucson

The Tucson City Council approved the release of an additional $3 million from the city’s Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) reserve for business and nonprofit assistance, including:

  • $2 million for small businesses and $500,000 for nonprofit groups in continuity grants.
  • $500,000 in emergency assistance for businesses to pay utilities and other bills.

Small Business Continuity Grants are designed to help small businesses pay utilities, keep employees on their payrolls and cover other basic operating expenses. These funds will be available to businesses with no more than 50 employees and nonprofit groups located within Tucson city limits. To apply for a continuity grant, visit the YWCA Southern Arizona website.

Information about emergency assistance for businesses will be posted on the city’s COVID-19 Emergency Rent and Utility Assistance webpage.


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