Apply for a Small Business COVID Adaptation Program Grant

Are you a small business owner in the Neighborhoods of Focus or in one of the Corridor Improvement Authority boundaries affected by COVID-19? The City of Grand Rapids is providing grants of up to $10,000 for qualifying small businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. 


Step 1.Create a Citizen Access account

We use a third party application called Citizen Access for Small Business or Microenterprise Grant applications. If you've never used Citizen Access, use the Create a Citizen Access Account guide.  

Step 2.Make sure you have time to apply

This application will take about 20 minutes once you’ve gathered the required information identified below.  You can save your application and resume later if you need more time.

Step 3.Verify your business is located in the Neighborhoods of Focus or one of the Corridor Improvement Authority boundaries

Use the Neighborhoods of Focus and Corridor Improvement Authority interactive maps. You can search by your business address and determine if your business is located in the eligible area. If your business is not located in the eligible area, Citizen Access will give you an error message stating your business is not located in the Neighborhoods of Focus or in a Corridor Improvement Authority boundary. 

Step 4.Get a Data Universal Number System number

A D-U-N-S Number is a unique nine digit identification number for each physical location of your business. D-U-N-S Number assignment is FREE for all businesses required to register with the US Federal government for contracts or grants, including this one. Request your D-U-N-S Number via the Web. If one does not exist for your business location, it can be created within one business day.

Step 5.Review the requirements

Review the eligibility requirements in order to make sure you qualify. To be eligible, your business must:

  • meet the low- or moderate-income benefit
  • have up to 25 employees
  • be a for-profit business
  • have a physical location (home-based and online-only business are not eligible) 
  • have been established and operating as of March 1, 2020
  • prove loss of revenue due to COVID-19, see Required Documentation of Expenses and Loss of Revenue section of this page
  • not owe past due taxes, fines, fees or other debts to the City of Grand Rapids
  • only apply for one location if a business has more than one physical location

Step 6.Make sure you have costs that are eligible under the grant program

These funds can cover the cost of eligible expenses from March 1, 2020 through the grant period. Below is the list of costs the grant funds can cover: 

  • Outdoor furniture, fixtures, and equipment that helps serve customers in a manner compliant with social distancing requirements or recommendations (ex. tables and chairs, planter boxes/barriers, heaters, igloos/pods, parklets, canopies that are not physically attached to the building, associated permits and fees, etc.);
  • Movable furniture, fixtures, or equipment that can be used to move product outdoors on a regular basis to allow for expanded shopping areas (ex. rolling bookshelves or clothes racks, etc.);
  • Plexi-glass and similar items designed to create barriers separating customers from other customers, or customers from employees;
  • Air purification systems that are not an integral part of the buildings heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems;
  • Signage (ex. “Masks Required to Enter” or similar);
  • Point-of-sale investments to enhance contactless payment or other health- and safety-focused experiences for customers/patrons;
  • Technology/software investments for reservation or pre-order systems, curbside pick up processing, timed reservations, paperless menu, or delivery service implementation, or similar investments to enhance service options in response to the impacts of COVID-19 (note: this doesn't include ongoing fees associated with meal delivery services such as GrubHub, Uber Eats or Door Dash, but does include costs associated with commission-free ordering services);
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for employees (ex. masks, gloves, sanitizer, etc.).

Step 7.Make sure you have all the required information

During the application process you will need to upload attachments. You will need to provide documents that show a loss of revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Tax returns (2019 AND 2020); or
  • Two sales reports, one pre-pandemic and one during the pandemic; or
  • Two profit and loss statements, one pre-pandemic and one during the pandemic

These documents must show a decrease in revenue in one or more accounting periods year-over-year (e.g. revenue/sales in May 2020 was significantly less in May 2019).

You will also need to attach invoices or quotes for the eligible costs that you want the grant to pay for, if approved. If you've already made eligible purchases, we'll need both the invoice(s) or quote(s) and proof of payment that clearly matches the invoice or quote (receipts, bank statement, copy of a check).

Step 8.Apply online

You can find the application under the Grants category of Citizen Access. Click here(PDF, 251KB) to see where to go. You will be able to save your application as you go.

Apply Online

Receive an error message when putting in your business address? Your business is likely not in the Neighborhoods of Focus or in a Corridor Improvement Authority boundary and not eligible for this grant. You can verify on the Neighborhoods of Focus and Corridor Improvement Authority interactive maps.

Step 9.We'll review your application

We'll email you to confirm receipt of your application. If your application is not complete, it will be closed, and you will need to submit a new application if you would still like to be considered for funding.

Step 10.What happens next

Completed eligible applications will be funded in the order they are received. You will receive an email once a decision has been made about your application regarding the approval or denial of your application and the amount of the award, if approved.

Paper Form

We don't accept printed applications for this grant.

If you need help applying through Citizen Access you can contact the Economic Development Department at


We don't accept applications over the phone for this grant.

If you need help applying through Citizen Access you can contact the Economic Development Department at


In Person

We don't accept applications in-person for this grant.

If you need help applying through Citizen Access you can contact the Economic Development Department at