Economic Development

NEW - Small Business Relief Grant Program Announced

City of Charlottesville Office of Economic Development (OED) announces the Small Business Relief Grant to help small businesses that have endured significant business interruption due to the required closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Online applications will open on Monday, July 13th.

To apply, please review the eligibility criteria and gather required documentation in advance. A “How to Apply for the SBRG Webinar” will be held on Thursday July 9th at 1:00pm.   Pre-register for the SBRG Seminar to receive the meeting link in advance. 

Visit the Small Business Relief Grant page to review the criteria in advance of the webinar  and application period. 

NEW - Phase Three All Business Sectors

Governor Northam announced Phase Three guidelines for all Business Sectors.  Read about the Governor’s Safer at Home: Phase Three for more information.  

NEW - Project Rebound

Project Rebound, a local economic recovery initiative for our area, recently released "A Blueprint for Economic Resiliency and Reinvention in Greater Charlottesville Region". The report, produced by KPMG LLP, maps out economic recovery action steps for the business community.  The recommended actions are based on data from stakeholder meetings and followup interviews with more than 300 local participants. The project was led by the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce with support from the City, County and University economic development efforts. Click to see the full Blueprint report.

NEW - FABA Grant 

Thanks to the generosity of the Lewis Family, Forward/Adelante is pleased to announce the inaugural Chuck Lewis III Passion Fund.   Apply here for the FABA Grant .

SBA Disaster Assistance

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan and EIDL Advance program portal to further meet the needs of small businesses impacted by COVID-19.  See the SBA Disaster Assistance website for all the details and to apply.

Links to Assistance for Businesses During COVID-19

Financial Resources

Additional Information

  • Charlottesville restaurants and stores  currently "open" for business: CVILLESHOPS 

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