Virginia Beach Pandemic Relief Partnership Small Business Grant Program

Published by and the City of Virginia Beach

The Virginia Beach Pandemic Relief Partnership is a collaboration of United Way of South Hampton Roads, the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, the Hampton Roads Workforce Council and LISC Hampton Roads funded by the City of Virginia Beach. Helping our community navigate and recover from the challenges created by COVID-19 is our top priority.

Below is information about the Virginia Beach Pandemic Relief Partnership Small Business Grant Program including eligibility requirements, priorities, required documentation, award process and application timeline.



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  • For-profit small, women- and/or minority-owned businesses (SWaM Businesses) licensed in the City of Virginia Beach
  • Business (with the exception of Sole Proprietors) must have an Active Status in the Virginia State Corporation Commission Clerks Information System
  • Have between 1 and 250 employees (including owner, contract and 1099 employees)
  • Suffered a negative economic impact from COVID-19
  • Owner must be at least 18 years of age

Use of Funds

  • Wages and benefits (including those of the applicant)
  • Inventory for on-going operations
  • Past-due bills
  • Payables (rent, supplies, etc.)
  • Weatherization of outdoor spaces (heaters, plastic enclosure, etc.)
  • Other operational costs

Application Information


  • Monday, November 30, 2020 (12:01 am)


  • Friday, December 18, 2020 (11:59pm)


  • Applicants may apply for one business only and must be 18 years of age to apply. For business owners with multiple businesses, please complete this application based on your largest business owned. Each grant is limited to one individual/business.
  • Awards will be made to qualified businesses, and eligibility is based on accurate and complete submission.
  • Priority will be given to women- and minority-owned businesses and small business enterprises in historically under-served places who don’t have access to flexible, affordable capital.
  • All awardees will have to certify that they are promoting the best interests of the community and are negatively impacted by the Covid-19 crisis.

Non-profit organizations are ineligible for this particular relief funding program 


Information provided through the application process is the responsibility of each applicant. Applications submitted to the portal remain confidential to the general public and any fellow applicants. Applicants will not hold LISC, its affiliates, members, partners, and staff liable for any losses, damages, costs, or expenses, of any kind relating to the use or the adequacy, accuracy, or completeness of any information loaded in the form.See LISC’s Privacy Policy for more details.

Conflict of Interest

Current directors, officers, employees and contractors of LISC or the United Way of South Hampton Roads and such individuals’ family members (spouse, parents, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and spouses of children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren) are not eligible to apply or seek an award. Applicants will be asked to verify there is no such conflict with LISC or the United Way of South Hampton Roads.


If awarded, please be advised that the business/applicant’s application information, name, statements, and other information provided during the award process may be used for promotional purposes in all forms and media and the business/applicant may be contacted by LISC, the United Way of South Hampton Roads and/or the program sponsors for such purposes. Applicant grants to LISC, the United Way of South Hampton Roads and the program sponsors a perpetual license to use such information without additional compensation (except where prohibited by law), and without any right to review and/or approve such content.  Until notified, applicants must agree not to share any status as finalist publicly, including but not limited to all social media platforms, news media, or local publications.


LISC may evaluate activities funded by the Virginia Beach Pandemic Relief Partnership Small Business Grant Program. This might involve a review of quantitative or qualitative data needed to understand the impact of the fund.

About LISC Hampton Roads

We are the Hampton Roads office of Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a national nonprofit that provides financing and support for community development around the country.  As one of 35 local offices, LISC Hampton Roads works with local government, community development corporations and other nonprofits to revitalize neighborhoods and catalyze opportunity. 

LISC is one of the country’s largest social enterprises supporting projects and programs to revitalize underserved communities and bring greater economic opportunity to residents. We invest in affordable housing, quality schools, safer streets, growing businesses and programs that connect people with financial opportunity. In response to the pandemic, we are delivering resources and expertise to support communities, businesses and people. Learn more here.


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