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Current Virginia County Grants

Stafford’s CARES Act Funds

Stafford County remains focused on providing support to our businesses as we continue to recover from the Coronavirus pandemic. As part of that continued support, the Stafford County Economic Development Authority (EDA) is launching three new small business assistance grants: StaySleep, and Safe in Stafford Business Grant(s). These grant programs are funded using $2.357M in federal CARES Act funds provided to the County of Stafford and will be administered by the Stafford County EDA. Learn More Here

Town of Leesburg Grant

The Town of Leesburg will begin accepting applications for a second phase of business relief grants, using federal CARES Act funding, beginning Tuesday September 8 at noon E.T. The application period will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 23, 2020.

For Phase 2 of the grant program, the Town made several changes to the eligibility criteria, including:

  • Lowering the revenue loss threshold from 25% to 15%.
  • Changing the grant award tiers to $1,000; $2,000; $5,000; $10,000; and $15,000.
  • Expanding the annual revenue criteria to include businesses with as little as $2,500 to as much as $2.5 million in annual revenue.


The online application will be available beginning September 8, 2020 at For more information, or assistance with an application, you can contact Melanie Scoggins, Business Development and Retention Manager, at or 703-771-6676.

Rebuild! VA Grant

Businesses and non-profits that are approved for a Rebuild VA grant may receive up to 3 times their average monthly eligible expenses up to a maximum of $10,000. Learn More

Prince William County - Small Business Relief Micro-Grant Grants of up to $10,000 to qualified Prince William County small businesses and non-profits impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn More

City of Manassas - Small Business Recovery Grant 

Businesses and non-profits that are approved for a Rebuild VA grant may receive up to 3 times their average monthly eligible expenses up to a maximum of $10,000. Learn More

Prince William County - Capital Investment and Innovation Grant

Grants of up to $200,000 for businesses and building owners that make physical improvements or innovate a business model to continue to serve customers and employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn More

Prince William County - Construction and Renovation Permit

Rebates of up to $2,000 for permitting fees for renovations and new construction projects. Application accepted on a rolling basis through June 30, 2021 (as long as funds remain). Learn More


For more information, visit our COVID Resource Center

Invention-Con 2020

Are you an independent inventor, entrepreneur, small business owner, or intellectual property (IP) professional? If so, mark your calendars now for Invention-Con 2020, coming Thursday – Saturday, August 20 – 22. This year’s theme is “Your IP: A power tool for building success.” Register now for this special event

At Invention-Con 2020, you’ll have the chance to:

  • Learn how to use your IP to achieve success from accomplished innovators, inventors, entrepreneurs, and business owners
  • Learn about resources available to assist you throughout the innovation ecosystem
  • Receive valuable information to assist with developing an IP strategy from IP and business experts
  • Learn about IP networks

For more information, or to ask questions about Invention-Con, email Learn more about past Invention-Cons on the Invention-Con program webpage.


*6/16* SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Advance Program Reopened

To further meet the needs of U.S. small businesses and non-profits, the U.S. Small Business Administration reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal to all eligible applicants experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19 today, June 16.

“The SBA is strongly committed to working around the clock, providing dedicated emergency assistance to the small businesses and non-profits that are facing economic disruption due to the COVID-19 impact.  With the reopening of the EIDL assistance and EIDL Advance application portal to all new applicants, additional small businesses and non-profits will be able to receive these long-term, low interest loans and emergency grants – reducing the economic impacts for their businesses, employees and communities they support,” said SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza.  “Since EIDL assistance due to the pandemic first became available to small businesses located in every state and territory, SBA has worked to provide the greatest amount of emergency economic relief possible.  To meet the unprecedented need, the SBA has made numerous improvements to the application and loan closing process, including deploying new technology and automated tools.”


For additional information, please visit the SBA disaster assistance website at

Special Announcement: America’s SBDC Starts New Federal Resource for Small Business

On March 27th, 2020 the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress with overwhelming, bipartisan support and signed into law by President Trump. 

 In April 2020 under the CARES Act and with the support of U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), America's SBDC and the Association of Women’s Business Centers (AWBC) were awarded a grant to develop a new website that provides small businesses with access to a consolidation of COVID-19 related information and resources from multiple federal agencies. The grant also supports a new training platform for small business advisors. 

The project, titled “Resource Partners Training Portal (RPTP)” requires two centrally controlled but independent functions. The first is a web platform containing information to assist small business with surviving and recovering from the effects, physical, financial and economic of the Covid-19 pandemic. This centralized platform will consolidate information obtained from multiple federal agency resources and make it accessible in an organized format with searchable functionality. 

The other function of the website will be a training and learning platform for SBDC, WBC, SCORE and VBOC advisers. Recognizing the urgency of this project due to the economic pressures on small business concerns, America's SBDC and AWBC envision the project rolling out in multiple phases, prioritizing the needs of small business concerns.

The training platform for small business advisors will feature live content, author interactive learning experiences, support of SCORM content, forums, communication and collaboration features and more. chat feature for learner collaboration. The expected launch date for the training platform is June 2020.

The public website, COVID-SB.ORG is now live and can be accessed by anyone looking for federal information related to COVID-19 and small business.

The RVA Small Business Relief Fund

The RVA Small Business Relief Fund application window is now open!

ChamberRVA and Facebook collaborated to create the RVA Small Business Relief Fund to provide immediate financial relief to the region’s small businesses in the form of unrestricted grants. Funds may be used to support rent, employee salaries, and operating costs as a stop-gap relief pending the release and distribution of anticipated federal and state aid.

The RVA Small Business Relief Fund is open to all qualifying applicants.


  • Based in the Richmond Region
  • Employ between 2-25 FTE (full time equivalent) employees
  • Have demonstrated negative financial impact from COVID-19
  • Have demonstrated need for working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses, or other similar operational expenses that occur in the ordinary course of business
  • Have demonstrated a focus on reopening as COVID-9 guidance and restrictions allow.
  • Apply Here

Application window will close Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

Visit the RVA Small Business Relief Fund page for more information.

New Webinar Series: Refocus and Rebuild | Thursdays, May 7-May 28 | Noon EST 

These webinars are co-presented by The Virginia Small Business Development Centers, Virginia Community CapitalGENEDGE ,
Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing (SVAM), and the University of Virginia's College at Wise

A series of workshops to help businesses get ready and prepared to re-open after COVID-19 including updated regulations, supply chain updates, marketing, accounting/insurance, employment and more. You can register for 1 or all webinars in this series. Register Here:

May 7 - Session 1 = Different Needs for Different Businesses - How to Prepare for Reopening.

May 14 - Session 2 = New Rules for Managing, PPP Fund Management and Challenges of doing business Post COVID-19.

May 21 - Session 3 = Marketing Your Business Post COVID-19.

May 28 - Session 4 = Employment Challenges Post COVID-19.

ICAP Lean Startup Introductory Course – Virtual Cohort

Based on the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps™ program for Lean Startups, ICAP helps inventors and entrepreneurs take the right first steps in bringing new technologies and innovations to market.

ICAP includes FREE introductory training programs and counseling services offered through ICAP instructors and local SBDC counselors. ICAP helps startups identify potential customers and develop successful business models based on that knowledge. It is an ideal program for early-stage companies trying to prepare for eventual venture investment.

Preferred Sectors

The cohort will give preference to startups focused on cyber-related solutions, but all companies are encouraged to apply:

Software | Telecommunications | | Information & Communication Technologies | E-Commerce | Networking & Equipment | Electronics/Instrumentation | Sensors | Materials | Drones | IoT

This cohort is being supported, in part, by the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative, an investment in the advanvement of cyber R&D, innovation, and workforce development. For more information about CCI, please visit


Important Dates

March 1, 2021 – Applications are due by midnight

March 3, 2021 – 6:00pm – 8:00pm – Introductory Webinar

March 10, 2021 – Acceptance notifications and communication with next steps

March 16, 2021 – 9:001m – 12:00pm – Customer Segments and Initial Team Presentations

March 17, 2021 – 9:00am – 12:00pm – Value Proposition

March 18, 2021 – 9:00pm – 12:00pm – Customer Discovery

March 25, 2021 – 9:00pm – 12:00pm –Each team reviews their Customer Discovery Progress over the first week

April 1, 2021 – 9:00pm – 12:00pm – Final Team Presentations

During this introductory program, there is extensive work done outside the virtual classroom. In addition to the virtual class meetings, participants should expect to spend another 10-15 hours per week on customer discovery and course assignments. At the conclusion of the program, you will remain connected with your ICAP adjunct to continue your progress on the Five Steps to Startup Success over the following 6 to 24 months.

The introductory program is designed to generate a maximum impact over a relatively short duration and should be considered a required first step for anyone interested in commercializing a technology or product, whether through a startup or licensing arrangement. Some graduates of this cohort may be eligible to apply to NSF’s Seven-week National I-Corps Program, which includes non-dilutive grants for customer discovery and prototype development. Additionally, this program can help teams develop better submissions for SBIR and CRCF grants from Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technologies.

For more information email:   

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