Small Business Resources

  1. Small Business Relief Grant
  2. Business Resources
  3. Workforce Development

This program is funded by the CARES Act through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program as CDBG-CV.

The purpose of this program is to provide financial assistance to small businesses in the City of Lancaster to help sustain business operations and retain jobs through the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • Businesses operating within the City of Lancaster's municipal boundaries
  • 25 or fewer FTE employees, preference given to those with 5 or fewer FTE employees
  • Sales reduced or other negative financial impact due to COVID-19 since March 17, 2020 
  • Grants cannot be used for any expense previously paid by COVID Relief funding

Funding Available

  • Grants up to $10,000
  • Can be used for rent payments, mortgage payments, and utilities
  • If the business does not have facility costs, other costs will be considered
  • Payments do not need to be in arrears
  • Funding may be less than requested, this is determined by review of the application

How to Apply

A completed application form includes:

  • Basic business information
  • A description of the impact of COVID-19 on the business (including revenue)
  • Proposed recovery plan
  • Budget for use of funds
  • Signed business tax return to confirm annual revenue
  • Signed personal tax return of the business owner
  • Other financial information (Balance Sheet, Profit & Loss)
  • Confirmation of receipt of other pandemic-related relief funding

If Funded

  • Business owner must participate in mandatory technical assistance program
  • Business must provide a one-page annual status report

Download these guidelines here.

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