Small Business CARES Grant

External patio at Canal Street DeliThe City of Dayton is seeking proposals from eligible small businesses to help with expenses related to meeting health and safety requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Dayton COVID-19 Small Business Capital Grant program is made possible by federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding received by the City of Dayton.

The COVID-19 crisis is not over, and our local businesses are struggling to survive with greatly reduced seating capacities and reduced revenues. These first-floor businesses help make our city a vibrant, interesting, and rewarding place to live. The City of Dayton wants to support the local business community during these trying times and is excited to launch a complement to the Pop-Up Patio pilot program

The Small Business Capital Grant program offers financial support to local businesses as they install additional exterior spaces and alter interior customer areas. Business needs supported include building materials, permanent or temporary seating and furnishings/fixtures.

Eligible businesses must be located within the Dayton city limits and must not be part of national chain. Street-level retailers, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, salons, barbers, and other personal services are some of the small businesses that are encouraged to consider the grant program. Small for-profit businesses are the primary intended grant recipients, but non-profit associations or organizations may apply under certain guidelines.

Grants of $500 to $15,000 will be awarded, with a total funding pool of $200,000. The application period begins Aug. 26 and continues through Sept. 25 at 5 p.m. 

Before submitting an application, please read the full program description and application information and review the program's FAQs.

Thank you for your interest in the Small Business CARES Grant. Unfortunately we are no longer accepting applications at this time.