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Appalachian Regional Initiative for Stronger Communities

Appalachian Regional Commission

Appalachian Regional Initiative for Stronger Economies (ARISE) is a new initiative from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). Funding is available across the 13 states of the region. Applicants must highlight partnerships across multiple states and provide a plan that showcases the economic impact of the proposed project.

SBA COVID-19 Relief Options


Information about the Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loan, and relief grants available at this page.

Lender Match Search


Free online referral tool that connects small businesses with participating SBA-approved lenders.

Honeycomb Crowdfunded Small Business Relief Fund

Honeycomb Credit

To help deliver the working capital that businesses need, Honeycomb is offering 45-day payment free periods, 6-month interest-only periods and reducing our posting, success, and investor fees.

Kiva Local Lending

Kiva Hub Pittsburgh

Kiva facilitates 0% interest microloans up to $10,000 from local lenders to local borrowers. Kiva approves many loans that other lenders would not.

Loyalty Bonds

Honeycomb Credit

Crowdfunded gift card subscription product that vests to a higher value over a twenty-four month period. Get cash flow now, without having to redeem all your gift cards sold once you reopen.

SBA Disaster Loans


SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact.

Low Interest Industrial Loans


The PIDA provides low-interest loans and lines of credit for eligible businesses that commit to creating and retaining full-time jobs and for the development of industrial parks and multi-tenant facilities.

Hebrew Free Loan Association of Pittsburgh


Hebrew Free Loan Association of Pittsburgh has announced a Coronavirus Financial Bridge Loan Program to provide interest-free loans on a nonsectarian basis for up to $5,000 to residents of Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Westmoreland, Washington, and Armstrong counties who are facing financial challenges caused by the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak.

Critical Community
Needs Fund

POISE Foundation

The purpose of the CCNF is to provide support to small, Black Led Organizations (BLOs) responding to critical needs in the Black community resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Zero-interest Loans with Capital Launch


Brick-and-Mortar businesses that launch a capital raise on Mainvest, an investment fund, may be eligible for an additional $2,000 capital infusion of a zero-interest loan.

PIDA Lines of Credit

PA Industrial Development Authority

The Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) offers low-interest loans and lines of credit for eligible businesses that commit to creating and retaining full-time jobs for the development of industrial parks and multi-tenant facilities. Loan applications are packaged and underwritten by a network of certified economic development organizations (CEDOs) that partner with PIDA to administer the program.

Allegheny County Small Business Loan Program Description

Allegheny County Economic Development

Description of the Allegheny Small Business Loan
(ASBL) program that provides funds for establishment and expansion of new and existing small businesses, by providing low interest financing for land development, building improvements, machinery and equipment acquisition, and infrastructure development. Covers up to 40% of project costs.


Braddock Business Community Initiative (BBCI)

Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County (RAAC)

As part of the continued partnership with the Borough of Braddock, the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County has acquired a number of vacant, blighted properties along the Braddock Avenue business corridor so that they can be stabilized and returned to productive use.

RAAC will assess the condition of the properties and then issue Requests for Development Proposals (RFDPs) for some or all the properties. All RFDPs will be posted on their bids page. If you would like to receive copies of any RFDPs that may be issued, please send a request by email.

If you have any questions, please contact:
Cassandra Collinge
Assistant Director

Allegheny Together Webinar Recordings

Allegheny Together

As part of technical support for Allegheny Together Communities, informational webinars will be recorded and posted on this page.

CDC Guidance for Businesses and Employers


Plan, Prepare and Respond to Coronavirus Disease

Freelance Artist Resources

Freelance Artist

General preparedness, emergency funding, advocacy, and other miscellaneous resources for freelance artists.

198 Free Tools to Help You Through the Coronavirus Pandemic

Information and links for tools that help your business go virtual: video conferencing, meetings, process management, dashboards, studying, training and more.

Get Online and Grow Online (GOGO) Small Business Program

Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh

Receive up to 10 hours of free technical assistance that will help your business enter the digital marketplace and receive personalized ecommerce solutions.While there is no formal application deadline, funding is limited and applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic deeply challenged the future of our communities and economy. That’s why the URA partnered with Neighborhood Allies to aid businesses in implementing new, creative ways to reach their customers through online interaction.

Facebook Ad Grants


Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits to help during this challenging time.

Facebook COVID 19 Business Resource Center


Information and suggestions for operating virtually with Facebook products

PA Workshare Program

Office of Unemployment Compensation

A Shared-Work plan allows an employer to temporarily reduce the work hours of a group of employees and divide the available hours equally rather than laying off any employees. Employees covered by a Shared-Work plan receive a percentage of their Unemployment Compensation (UC) Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA), while they work the reduced schedule, if they are otherwise eligible for UC.

Bridgeway Capital - Relief and Resources

Bridgeway Capital

Information about how they are helping

Business Information from CWE

Chatham University Center for Women's Entrepreneurship

Chatham Center for Women's Entrepreneurship has an updated library of information and resources for businesses.

Google Ad Credits


Google is giving SMBs worldwide $340 million in ad credits, which can be used at any point until the end of 2020 across our Google Ads platforms.

Coronavirus Small Business Guide

US Chamber of Commerce

Resources and strategies for small businesses

What Small Businesses Can Do

Institute for Local Self Reliance

Resource page for small businesses.

Black Owned Businesses

African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania


The AACCWP is a full-service organization that continuously provides access and opportunity to over 500 African American business owners and professionals. Additionally, the Chamber’s membership includes other minority groups, over 60 non-profit organizations, and over 50 majority businesses.

Pennsylvania Minority Business Development Authority (PMBDA)

Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development

Pennsylvania Minority Business Development Authority (PMBDA) is a low-interest loan program designed to stimulate the creation, retention and expansion of minority-owned businesses and create jobs in Pennsylvania. Eligible applicants are for-profit business enterprises owned and controlled by one or more socially or economically disadvantaged persons who are residents of the Commonwealth.

Small Diverse Business Capital Access Program (SDBCA)

Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA)

The Small Diverse Business Capital Access Program is administered by the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) and provides low-interest loans and lines of credit to small diverse businesses that commit to creating and retaining full-time jobs within the commonwealth. Loan applications are packaged and underwritten by a network of certified economic development organizations (CEDOs) that partner with PIDA to administer the program. For information on additional funding programs, visit DCED’s Programs page.

Minority Business Development Agency Business Center of Pennsylvania (MBC-PA)

US Department of Commerce

An agency of the United States Department of Commerce, the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) promotes the growth and global competitiveness of minority-owned-and-operated businesses while focusing on job creation for minority business entrepreneurs. MBDA’s team of business advisors offers capital and financial management access, business consulting, contract and market access, and global business development services.


Neighborhood Partnership Program

Neighborhood Partnership Program (NPP)

Long-term collaborations (five years or more) of business, government, and community leaders to produce comprehensive, asset-based, relationship-driven approaches to community development. A tax credit of up to 75% or 80% can be awarded based on the length of the program (Please refer to the guidelines for more information).

View the Neighborhood Partnership Program application checklist to help guide you in your application submission:

Allegheny Lead Safe Homes Program

Allegheny County Economic Development

Allegheny Lead Safe Homes is a program through Allegheny County Economic Development that offers qualifying homeowners and renters in Allegheny County free home lead-paint testing and hires a certified lead abatement contractor to stabilize or eliminate lead-paint. Examples of work include repainting, chipping, and peeling lead-painted surfaces, window and door repair or replacement, and enclosing old exterior lead-painted trim.

Neighborhood Assistance Tax Credit Program

Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP)

A project must serve distressed areas or support neighborhood conservation. Projects must fall under one of the following categories: affordable housing programs, community services, crime prevention, education, job training, or neighborhood assistance. A tax credit of up to 55% can be awarded.

View the Neighborhood Assistance Program application checklist to help guide you in your application submission:

Tick Information from ACHD

Allegheny County Health Department

For various reasons including natural migration and climate change, ticks continue to plague our area during warm months. This year, in particular, tick populations are especially high. As our communities have fun in the sun, it’s important to remember tick prevention safety.

Learn more about tick prevention by watching the webinar and reviewing the fact sheet from the Allegheny County Health Department linked below.

Fact sheet:

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