Emergency Resources for Black & Brown Businesses & Nonprofits

This is a list of private and public grants, including grants for black and brown businesses nationally, in the Mid-Atlantic and in California. More resources pertaining to businesses, cooperatives, mutual aid, advocacy and public health can be found in this list of COVID-19 business resources, which is updated periodically.

Please reply with any emergency resources for black and brown businesses and cooperatives that are missing from the page, so that they can be added. Or, ask to be connected with a financial services professional who can help you make the most of these resources.

Private Sources:COVID-19 African-American Relief Fund Small Business Grant

Minority & Women of Color Small Business Grants (Shea Moisture)

Black/indigenous-led racial justice grants, focused on Oakland, California (So Love Can Win)

National Congress of American Indians COVID-19 Response Fund (NCAI)

NDN COVID-19 Response Project (NDN Collective): Grants for organizations providing indigenous communities with medical supplies, food delivery, youth and/or elder care, educational access, shelter and housing, economic relief, social/emotional support, cultural, ceremonial, spirit-aligned support, information and communications (access to accurate information; Radio/T.V., Internet)

Artist Relief Fund (nationally available)

Facebook is offering $100 million in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries.

Verizon Emergency Grants

Hello Alice Emergency Grants

FedEx Small Business Grants

Google Emergency Advertising Credit

Public Sources:

Indian Health Service Noncompetitive Grant (CDC’s Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support)

As I explain on the COVID-19 business resource page, once the pandemic has subsided, our objective must not be “getting back to normal”. Normal comes with its own assault on black health and its own erosion of black wealth. This network has considered the relationship between “normal” capitalism and black people and at the relationship between capitalism and our air and water quality. For most black people and for most of our environment, these are not symbiotic relationships. So, going back to business as usual and hoping for a lower, black body count in the next pandemic isn’t a solution. Similarly, just hoping for an increase in black net wealth in the future isn’t a solution. We didn’t create the capitalist systems that devalue black health and black wealth, but we apparently have little reason to replicate those systems either. Fundamental changes in the world, but specifically in small black businesses, are a must.

If we want a shot at having a world in which most black people achieve health and reasonable wealth, then business owners should to take advantage of this opportunity to reflect on history, think critically about power and take a broad view of the value of African/black life. The natural world itself is screaming that there is something fundamentally unhealthy about business as usual. Let’s come out of this pandemic with structural improvements to black businesses.

Over the coming months, I’ll share resources that can help you evolve your business using strategies of cooperation, which was supported by leaders like Dr. WEB du Bois and Ella Baker. Our own history tells us that there are better ways to run our enterprises.
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