The Commonwealth of Virginia provides funding for small businesses. Find a list of business loan and/or free grant programs near you below. These will focus on funding women and minority owned businesses. There may be loans or grants for Black owned companies, LGBTQ, Latino, immigrants, Asians, women businesses as well as other groups. Virginia works with banks, charities, government agencies, credit unions, as well as community lenders in order to issue funds near you, including in Richmond, Fairfax, Northern Virginia and other cities and towns.
Note each and every agency and program will have their own application process in place. The loans or free grants in Virginia may help you start a business or grow an existing one. They may be interest free loans or have affordable repayment terms. The list of Virginia grants and loans listed below, some of which may be near you, will be updated.
Small business loans and free grants for Virginia
Find a current, ongoing list of loans, free grants, and small business funding in Virginia near you. The most recent announcement will be at the top of the list, with older announcements and news releases towards the bottom.
November and December 2020
Women owned businesses in Warren County can get $1000 grants as part of a financial assistance program known as Dare To Dream. Use the money for buying computers, starting a business or inventory for one, website development, as well as other career and income focused needs. To apply, dial the Front Royal Women’s Resource Center at 540-636-7007.
Small businesses located in the Shenandoah Valley area of Virginia can get financial help from the Staunton Creative Community Fund. There is also assistance for people, including minorities or women, that are trying to start a business. There is not only grants or low cost loans, but also education, advice, and other support as part of the Women and Minority-owned Business Support Program. Up to $6,000 will be provided per applicant. The Fund is also paid for with help from AT&T, and there are free grants, financial literacy classes, advice, mentorship and more. For details, email [email protected]
We Care Rebuild RVA Project is a partnership of many companies and non-profits in Virginia. Free micro-grants grants of up to $10,000 are being offered from The Community Foundation, Venture Richmond, Virginia Community Capital (VCC), ChamberRVA, Altria, Virginia LISC and Dominion Energy, Capital One, as well as Robins Foundation. Female and minority owned businesses with less than 50 employees can apply. The funds can pay for inventory, rent, insurance, and many other bills. Businesses can also get free legal advice, tips on operations and other counseling. Apply here. https://thembl.org/we-care-rva-rebuild/
The Urban League of Hampton Roads is offering financial assistance to Black owned small businesses. It is for Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, and the area known as Hampton Roads. Dominion Energy is offering funds in partnership with the Urban League, and the program is microgrants. The goal is to help startup companies, sole-proprietorship, and minority, small owned businesses start, grow, or keep their “doors open”. https://www.ulhr.org/
Rebuild VA grant offering up to $10,000. The Rebuild VA fund will allow 7,000 applicants the opportunity to receive up to $10,000. Half of the funds will go towards small businesses and nonprofits in low income and economically disadvantaged communities, including women, Black owned, veterans, and others. This will help meet the needs of underserved businesses. https://www.governor.virginia.gov/rebuildva/
Gov. Northam announces $70M in free grants for small businesses, nonprofits impacted by COVID-19. https://www.nbc29.com/2020/07/27/gov-northam-announces-m-grants-small-businesses-nonprofits-impacted-by-covid-/
By Jon McNamara