COVID-19 Business Assistance

City of Des Moines Programs

Dine Out Des Moines Closed

Des Moines City Council voted on January 11, 2021 to direct $300,000 of City funds to a grant fund to support Des Moines restaurants. The Dine Out Des Moines Delivery Assistance program's intent is to safely support business to local restaurants through the coming winter months. These grants aim to reduce the financial burden of purchasing supplies to facilitate delivery/takeout orders.

DSM Small Business Recovery Grant Closed

Des Moines City Council voted on May 4, 2020 to direct $750,000 of federal COVID-19 relief to a local grant fund to support small businesses in Des Moines. The DSM Small Business Recovery Grant is a partnership between the City of Des Moines, the Greater Des Moines Partnership, Polk County and additional community partners.

Please note - the deadline for this program has passed, and this program is currently closed.
View the full list of Des Moines recipients.


State of Iowa Programs

Targeted Small Business (TSB) Funds

The State of Iowa created a fund to support Targeted Small Businesses (TSB) with zero employees that have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Visit the Iowa Economic Development Authority's website for more information.


Federal Programs

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Relief

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has issued a disaster declaration for the state of Iowa as of January 31, 2020 and continuing.  The declaration allows pandemic-impacted small businesses to apply for assistance.  Applications can be made via the SBA’s websiteApplicants can monitor the status of their applications online after submission. For questions, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center at 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or email  disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

The CARES Act established the Paycheck Protection Program.  The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. The Program has provided much-needed relief to millions of small businesses so they can sustain their businesses and keep their workers employed.  SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.  More than 5 million loans were approved for the first round of the program, totaling more than $525 billion, with an average loan size of $100,000.  A second round of the program has opened, starting January 19, 2021. Click here to get started. 


Non-Profit Programs

Iowa Small Business Relief Fund Closed

The Iowa Small Business Relief Fund aims to target small businesses with 1-7 employees, granting them dollars ranging from $500-$3500. These grants cover business related expenses including, but not limited to, rent, utilities, insurance, delivery services, and technology. This Small Business Relief Fund is made possible by an alliance including: The Director’s Council, Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit, League of United Latin American Citizens - Iowa (LULAC Iowa), One Voice, Iowa State Extension, DREAM Iowa, and Iowa Community Capital.

Please note - the deadline for this program has passed, and this program is currently closed.


For a list of other currently available resources for small business owners in Des Moines, visit the Greater Des Moines Partnership's website and the Iowa Economic Development Authority.

The Greater Des Moines Partnership has also launched the DSM Employment Ready initiative to assist businesses in need of immediate temporary workers and employees who have been affected by circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic.