The Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce announced the launch of a Small Business Relief Fund as an immediate response to COVID-19 and the challenges it presents to small businesses in the Grinnell community. While COVID-19 still presents many challenges to our small businesses, funds donated to this program will also be used to help Grinnell businesses recover from the August 10th Derecho.
The chamber of commerce works to advance the economic development, vitality and growth of the community. In an effort to do this, it is imperative to support small businesses in what may be one of their greatest times of need; the fund will help mitigate financial hardships Grinnell small businesses may experience as a result of this public health emergency and the natural distance.
The GSBR provides an opportunity for community members to give with the reassurance their donations will be used to quickly move resources to where they are most needed and to adapt to evolving needs. The flexibility of this fund will ensure that the community will be able to respond to needs that are not being met by existing non-profit, local, state and federal programs.
To read the initial press release, please click here.
Eligibility: Businesses must be a current member of the Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce (effective 3/18/20) OR be in the Grinnell 50112 zip code.
Please note: we are not requiring chamber membership for participation in this fund, though preference will be given to current chamber members and/or businesses that have not received funds previously, pending availability of funds.
Thanks to contributions our community partners, Grinnell College & Grinnell Mutual.
“In this time of unprecedented change, we are grateful for the leadership of the Chamber of Commerce to support the needs of our local small businesses as they quickly transition to a new reality of operations. We’re proud to join Grinnell Mutual with a contribution of $25,000 to help establish this fund for emergency business transitional support. Although the landscape shifts every day, we know that Grinnell is a community where people unfailingly come together to support each other in times of need. Grinnell College is committed to working with our neighbors to see this crisis through.” Raynard Kington, Grinnell College President
"Grinnell Mutual wants to assure our mutuals, agencies, policyholders, and the Grinnell community that we are committed to serving our customers and our neighbors during this rapidly changing time. In addition to protecting our employees and maintaining business continuity for our customers, it is also important to Grinnell Mutual that we are supporting the Grinnell community in this time of uncertainty,” said Jeff Menary, Grinnell Mutual president and CEO. “The Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce has established an emergency fund to address the unknown challenges that small businesses will face. Grinnell Mutual is proud join with Grinnell College and contribute $25,000 to support that effort in the Grinnell community.” Jeff Menary, Grinnell Mutual president and CEO
If you would like to donate any amount to the GSBR, please fill out the form below.
If you would like to donate by check, please make payable Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce with Grinnell SBR in the memo. Mail to PO Box 538 Grinnell, IA 50112.