Governor Reynolds Announces COVID-19 Iowa Small Business Relief Program

Date: March 24, 2020

Iowa Small Business Eligible For Grants up to $25,000

Governor Reynolds launched of a new Iowa Small Business Relief Program to provide financial assistance to small businesses economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program offers eligible small businesses grants from $5,000-$25,000. It also offers Iowa businesses a deferral of sales and use or withholding taxes due and waiver of penalty and interest.

Iowa Small Business Relief Program Grant:

  • Must be experiencing business disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic 
  • Employed between 2-25 people before March 17, 2020 

The Small Business Relief Grants will assist eligible businesses in maintaining operations or reopening business following the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds may not be used to pay debts incurred prior to March 17, 2020.

The Iowa Economic Development Authority will review grant applications for eligibility and will determine the grant amount by the level of impact including loss in sales revenue and employees. Notification of award decisions and disbursement of grant funds will be expedited.

Tax Assistance:

The Iowa Department of Revenue will review each application as applicable, to determine if it is appropriate to grant a deferral of the eligible taxes and waiver of penalty and interest.

The dual application for grant assistance and tax deferral is available here. The deadline for applications is March 31 at noon. The program may be restricted due to funding availability.  

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