Pandemic Resources Available for Nashville Residents & Small Businesses
You spoke, and your city officials listened.
Thank you for making your voice heard by taking the Our Fair Share Survey. The Equity Alliance is extremely proud of the work that the Our Fair Share team of canvassers and community partners poured into the campaign. Because of you, we were able to present 8,505 survey responses to Mayor John Cooper and Metro Government with a report that reflects the hardship, concern, and uncertainty faced during this Covid-19 pandemic by Nashville’s Black and Latino residents and minority-owned small businesses.
Thanks to your participation, the Metro Covid-19 Financial Oversight Committee, along with Metro Council and Mayor John Cooper, allocated federal CARES Act funding for the following purposes:
Rent, Mortgage, and Utility Relief – $10 Million
$10 million to the United Way of Greater Nashville, to be disbursed to certain partner agencies for rent, mortgage, and utility relief. Call 2-1-1 to find an agency providing these funds.
Food Security & Nutrition – $2.5 Million
$2.5 million to Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee to provide more food to those impacted by COVID-19.
Small Business Relief – $5.7 Million
- $2 million in grant funds for small businesses, administered by Pathway Lending.
- $2 million in grant funds for live music venues, administered by Pathway Lending.
- $600,000 in small business technical support, administered by the Nashville Business Incubation Center.
- $600,000 in small business technical support, administered by the Nashville Entrepreneur Center.
- $200,000 in small business technical support, administered by Conexión Américas.
- $100,000 in small business technical support, administered by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.
- $200,000 in small business technical support, administered by Pathway Lending.
Other State & Local Resources Available
MDHA Emergency Housing Assistance Program
Short-term rent or mortgage assistance will be provided for up to 3-months in an amount of up to $1,400.00 per month to help low-income persons/households at risk of eviction or foreclosure due to a loss of income because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Tennessee Supplemental Employer Recovery Grant (SERG) Program
On October 7th, 2020, Governor Bill Lee announced the creation of the Supplemental Employer Recovery Grant (SERG) program, a small business relief program designed to reimburse eligible business owners for direct expenses or business interruption costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The application window will open October 7, 2020 and remain open until December 29, 2020, or until all funds are depleted. Funds will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tennessee Department of Human Resources
Child care and services during Covid-19 are available at no cost.
Lost your job due to Covid-19? You may be eligible to collect unemployment benefits.
Good to Go Program
Good to Go is a hospitality safety program created by The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, in cooperation with Vanderbilt Health, Ryman Hospitality Properties and SERVPRO, to help businesses in every industry implement health and safety guidelines.
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