After the death of George Floyd, major U.S. cities have been rocked by protests and unrest. The majority of these protests have been peaceful, and this movement has inspired many real changes to policing nationwide.
While we are grateful for the change brought by these peaceful protests, some of the civil unrest has led to looting, violence, and vandalism of local businesses. Small businesses have been damaged in the process.
Some insurance policies do cover looting and vandalism. Still, the amount of coverage varies widely depending on the type of business, the value of the inventory, and the amount of insurance the owner is willing and able to purchase. Still, not all landlords require businesses to insure their inventory and equipment, so many small business owners will have to cover their losses themselves.
Though many small business owners support the cause, they are already hurting due to the coronavirus pandemic. These small business owners are in need of protest relief and resources to aid in the rebuilding and recovery process.
We have compiled a list of protest relief and resources available to small businesses in several U.S. cities that have been damaged by looting and vandalism. We want to make sure that no business is left behind.
Protest Relief in the USA
Lake Street Council
Currently, the Lake Street Council is accepting donations to rebuild Lake Street’s small businesses. A majority of Lake Street’s small businesses are owned by immigrants and people of color. If your business has been affected, you can email [email protected] for help. https://www.welovelakestreet.com/
Twin Cities GoFundMe & Fundraisers
For a list of GoFundMe’s and fundraisers, click https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2020/06/05/how-to-give-back-to-your-besieged-community/.
My Block My Hood My City
My Block My Hood My City is offering aid to small businesses damaged by looters. You can request protest relief https://www.formyblock.org/.
Greater Englewood Chamber of Commerce
If your small business was damaged in Englewood, you can fill out a Google Form on this page to request protest relief https://www.gechamber.com/.
Together Now: Chicago’s Fund to Rebuild Our Neighborhoods
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced a $10 million fund to rebuild Chicago neighborhoods. Apply for a grant here https://www.cct.org/grants/.
La Mesa Business Disaster Recovery
The East County Chamber of Commerce has set up a GoFundMe to raise money to rebuild businesses affected by the riots. Contact the Chamber if your business is in need of resources. https://eastcountychamber.org/covid-home/recovery-resources/
City of Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety
Apply to receive a grant for property damage through the City of Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety. https://ladbs.org/damage-repair
Texas Restaurant Relief Fund
The Texas Restaurant Relief Fund has been supporting small businesses affected by COVID-19. After many businesses were damaged by looting, they extended their funding to cover damage from rioting/vandalism. You can fill out a grant application here https://mailchi.mp/txrestaurant.org/txrestaurantrelieffund.
Capitalize Albany Corporation
Capitalize Albany Corporation is currently accepting applications for exterior renovations as part of this emergency response. Apply https://capitalizealbany.com/grants/.
The NYC Mayor’s Fund
May de Blasio announced a small business emergency grant program. Stay tuned for updates on how to apply. https://www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/news/409-20/mayor-de-blasio-small-business-emergency-grant-program
Downtown Greensboro: Retail Revitalization Grant Program
The DGI Retail Revitalization Grant Program is openly available to small businesses in downtown Greensboro affected by COVID-19 and vandalism. Apply here https://downtowngreensboro.org/rrgprogram/
Keep Your Business Safe
No matter the situation, you need to make sure that you can keep your business safe and, if something happens, you can rebuild and fix whatever was damaged. We hope that this list helped you find the protest relief you needed.
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