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Small Business Recovery Grants Available

Date: Friday, May 8, 2020 Time: 2:16 PM

To help keep businesses in business, regional partners have come together to launch the Small Business Recovery Grant program to help small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Locally, Warren County, and the communities of Carlisle, Indianola, and Norwalk are proud to be part of this initiative as we look toward recovery efforts. In addition to contributions from our organization, we’re also grateful for the additional financial contributions from the Greater Des Moines Partnership, Norwalk Chamber of Commerce, Carlisle Chamber of Commerce, Peoples Bank and TruBank which have helped make this business grant program possible. This is a new grant program and the application deadline is May 20th

Grant Eligibility

  • Sole-proprietors or businesses with 0 – 30 employees that have had restrictions placed on their operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Examples of businesses include, but are not limited to, retail stores, personal care services and restaurants.
  • Must have a physical commercial location within the cities of Carlisle, Clive, Des Moines, Indianola, Johnston, Norwalk, Urbandale, West Des Moines or Windsor Heights, unincorporated Polk County or cities/unincorporated areas of Warren County.*
  • Must have been in operation since July 1, 2019 or prior.
  • Must be a for-profit business of any legal structure (non-profit organizations are not eligible).
  • *Businesses in other counties will be considered in some cases where cities may cross county lines.

Grant Considerations

  • Grant awards will be $1,000 – $5,000 (funds have been set aside specifically for Warren County businesses)
  • Preference will be given to businesses that have not received assistance from the Iowa Small Business Relief Grant, the Targeted Small Business Sole Operator Fund or other grants.
  • See application for additional requirements.

To learn about grant eligibility, considerations, and contributors as well as the application for a DSM Small Business Recovery Grant, please visit: