CARES Act Grants Available to Help Small Businesses

The Traverse County Board of Commissioners has approved the Small Business Relief Grant program to provide grants to assist small businesses that have suffered financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Traverse County, along with cities and townships in the county, have dollars available through the federal CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) and part of that funding is being allocated to assist small businesses.

Grants will range from $250 to $10,000 based on eligible expenses.  Applicants can ask for help with utilities, rent, insurance, PPE, unemployment, payroll expenses, items needed to respond to executive orders and other costs arising out of business interruption experienced between March 1, 2020 and December 1, 2020.

Eligible businesses applying for these funds may NOT use County grant funds for eligible expenses covered by other Local, State or Federal funds.

Businesses, including non-profit organizations, located within Traverse County are eligible to apply.  Please see full application for eligibility requirements.

The application period will close on September 30, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.

The applications will be considered by the Traverse County CARES Committee and be approved by the Traverse County Board of Commissioners.

If you have any questions you may call Lisa Zahl, County Coordinator at 320.422.7778 or email

CARES Act Grant Application for Businesses

CARES Act Grant Application for Non-Profit Organizations