Resources for Businesses & Non-profits Impacted by COVID-19

  1. Grants & Loans
  2. Programs
  3. Government Offices
  4. Arts/Culture Sector

Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC)

Businesses that have employees that were retained during the height of the pandemic (2020 and 2021) are eligible for the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC). Congress mandated the IRS return funds spent on payroll taxes in 2020 and 2021 as part of the CARES Act pandemic relief. There is a 3-year deadline to apply for ERTC from the date of the original tax filing. Businesses that already filed 2020 and 2021 payroll taxes may be eligible to apply for a retroactive ERTC refund.

CARES Act Grant for Manufacturers

The Arizona Commerce Authority's Arizona Manufacturing Extension Partnership (AZ MEP) announced they are accepting applications from Arizona manufacturers in need of assistance as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds will be used to subsidize services delivered by AZ MEP to help manufacturers overcome the impact of the pandemic. Support is also available to assist companies that are producing personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies in response to COVID-19. Applications can be submitted online.

Dollars for Dreams Business Microloan

The Sustainable Economic Development Initiative (SEDI) helps realize the dreams of Flagstaff start-up, existing, and home-based businesses lacking access to small amounts of capital by providing up to $15,000 in initial financing and helping them establish and learn about credit.

Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)

The SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses and U.S. agricultural businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. Interest rates are 3.75% for small businesses and 2.75% for non-profits.

Local First Arizona

The Arizona Economic Recovery Center aims to enable more Arizona cities, towns, counties and nonprofits to win competitive grants. An initiative of Local First Arizona, The Center provides pro bono resources to qualifying entities that can increase community capacity, improve collaboration, and assist with managing grant-related projects, including:

  • Researching and simplifying available grants and stimulus opportunities 
  • Community and project facilitation 
  • Project Management 
  • Capacity Building 
  • Strategic Planning 
  • Technical Assistance 
  • Accounting 

Paycheck Protection Program

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) ended on May 31, 2021. Existing borrowers may be eligible for PPP loan forgiveness.

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant

The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program was established through the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits and Venues Act and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act to provide over $16 billion in economic relief to target industries. The SVOG application is slated to open April 8, 2021.

Private Grants

  • The Flagstaff Downtown Business Alliance is offering micro-grants. Please email Terry or email Tess for more details

Other Resources

For a comprehensive overview of resources available, please see the Small Business Owner's Guide to the CARES Act (PDF). Additional resources made available by recent federal legislation include an Employee Retention Tax Credit, a Small Business Exception to the FFCRA, and debt relief.