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Oklahoma City Small Business Continuity Program

Starting April 6, Starting April 6, Oklahoma City (OKC) business owners may visit okcSmallBizHelp.com to apply for COVID-19 disaster relief funds from the City of Oklahoma City’s Small Business Continuity Program.

Key points:

  • The website is live now with information about qualifications and supporting documentation. Applications will be accepted April 6-17, with funds available beginning in early May.
  • Only businesses located in OKC are eligible. Visit okc.gov/citylimits to see a map.
  • The Oklahoma City Council passed an unprecedented $5.5M emergency relief program for local small businesses on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, funded by general obligation bonds included in the Economic and Community Development component of the Better Streets, Safer City Program.
  • Incentive Program ($1.5M)
    • Cash incentives, on a reimbursement basis, up to $10,000 for retained employee payroll. Qualifying businesses must have fewer than 15 full-time equivalent employees.
  • Loan Program ($3M)
    • No Interest Forgivable Loans: 10-year, 0% interest loans up to $50,000. Qualifying businesses must have fewer than 50 full-time equivalent employees. Long-term employee retention and other requirements could lead to loan forgiveness over time.
    • Low Interest Loans: 10-year, 2% interest loans from $50,000 to $100,000. Qualifying businesses must have fewer than 50 full-time equivalent employees.
  • Technical Assistance Program ($500,000)
    • Pre-qualified local subject-matter experts will provide technical assistance in these areas and more:
      • Applying, processing and compliance for federal Small Business Administration (SBA) loans and other federal, state and local assistance programs.
      • Online business platform and eCommerce channel development.
      • Best practices for remote working (maintaining employee productivity, etc.)
      • Legal best practices (extended worker leave, etc.)

Visit the Oklahoma City Small Business Continuity Program website to apply and learn more.

Oklahoma Communities Foundation

The Disaster Relief Fund will deploy resources to community-based organizations on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak and related community needs. Funds will be granted to the following groups that work with people and communities affected by the disaster.

  • Nonprofit regional health organizations
  • Government entities
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Churches
  • Schools

For more information, contact Rachel Hunter at 405-488-1450 or visit www.cfok.org.

Oklahoma City Community Foundation

We are witnessing a crisis never before seen in our lifetime. The disruption caused by COVID-19 is affecting the lives of billions across the globe, as we are required to adapt to new lifestyles for the unforeseeable future. In Oklahoma City, we have responded to many different disasters, and we have responded generously.

This pandemic has forced our government leaders to take unprecedented measures to help slow down the spread of this disease. The Oklahoma City Community Foundation has created the 2020 Disaster Relief Fund that will assist those in our community impacted by the virus, particularly those who are most vulnerable. The fund is flexible and will provide dollars for immediate needs to those seeking medical access, basic needs as well as provide help for our aging citizens.

To apply for a grant:

Qualifying organizations include 501(c)(3) nonprofits, churches, government agencies and schools providing direct services and assistance to individuals who have been impacted by COVID-19. Individuals cannot apply to receive a grant. Funding preference will be given to organizations working with vulnerable populations, including the elderly.

OKC will begin accepting letters of inquiry April 1. Please send a brief paragraph that includes the following:

  • Your name and contact information
  • The name and address of your organization
  • A short paragraph describing the proposed activity or program, and the target population
  • Approximate budget and amount requested

Please email the letter of inquiry to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All questions should be directed to this email. Funding will be considered as it's available.

Visit the Oklahoma City Community Foundation website for updates and additional information.

Oklahoma Disaster Fund for Animal Support

The Kirkpatrick Foundation and Oklahoma City Community Foundation is offering the Oklahoma Disaster Fund for Animal Support (OK·DFAS), , administered by the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. This new fund is designed to mitigate the financial impact of disaster on charitable non-profits that provide care for animals.

Qualifying organizations must have valid 501(c)(3) status effective 2017 or earlier with a mission to provide for the care of animals in the state of Oklahoma. Nonprofits that have limited opportunity to generate earned revenue, diminished fundraising capacity, and increased need for emergency support due to the COVID-19 pandemic may apply.

Letters of inquiry will be accepted effective April 1, 2020. Please send a brief paragraph that includes the following:

  • Organization’s legal name and address
  • Date 501(c)(3) status was made effective by IRS as evidenced in IRS Letter of Determination
  • Grant contact information phone number, email address, and website
  • A short paragraph describing the need for emergency funding necessary to fill projected shortfall
  • Annual budget and amount requested
  • Board list with names and phone numbers

Please email the letter of inquiry to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All questions should be directed to this email. Visit the Oklahoma City Community Foundation website for additional information.

Oklahoma Tulsa Community Foundation

Tulsa Community Foundation and the Tulsa Area United Way have established the Tulsa Area COVID-19 Response Fund, dedicated to increasing resilience among the region’s most vulnerable individuals and families. Funds will be used to support local non-profit agencies addressing the needs of individuals who are experiencing COVID-19 related hardship, primarily due to temporary unemployment, lost income, or unexpected food and childcare expenses. Call 918-494-8823 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Oklahoma United Way COVID-19 Response Fund (Central, Logan, Canadian counties)

United Way of Central Oklahoma has established the COVID-19 Response Fund dedicated to increasing resilience among our most vulnerable individuals and families. This fund will support Partner Agencies of United Way of Central Oklahoma, United Way of Logan County and United Way of Canadian County. It will be used to address the needs of those individuals who are experiencing COVID-19 related hardship primarily due to temporary unemployment, lost income or unexpected expenses related and due to COVID-19. Call 405-236-8441 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Additional Resources:

Visit our Economic Resources and Relief Guide to review nationwide and statewide opportunities for businesses, non-profits, and individuals.

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