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DE Relief Grants

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Due to significant demand, the DE Relief Grant application portal has closed for this round. The second application round will open on this page no later than October 1, 2020 with another $30 million available. Sign up for the DSB email list above for updates.
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DE Relief Grants give Delaware small businesses and nonprofits access to funds to cover expenses and provide relief related to COVID-19 .

The program, which has at least $100 million in funds available, is a joint initiative  from the State and New Castle County.

Find more information on DE Relief Grants below.

When the grant application is live, you will find it on this web page. So, check back frequently, sign up above for email updates and follow the Division of Small Business on social media (Facebook and Twitter).


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Frequently Asked Questions


The grants are a joint effort between the State and New Castle County to assist Delaware small businesses and nonprofits impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds for the program come from the federal CARES Act.
If you’re a business, you must meet the U.S. Small Business Administration’s definition of a small business for your industry. If you’re a nonprofit, you must be a registered 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6) organization.

At least 51 percent of the business or nonprofit’s operations must be physically located in the state of Delaware. Businesses and nonprofits whose sole connection to Delaware is that they are incorporated here, are not eligible.

And at least for the first round of grants, businesses and nonprofits are not eligible if they received PPP funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration of $1 million or more. Businesses that have received previous grants or loans from the State (EDGE, HELP, DTIP, etc.) are eligible to apply for DE Relief Grants.

Again, all small businesses, based on the SBA definition, and many non-profits are eligible for a DE Relief Grant (see the previous question/answer for more).

Additionally, disproportionately impacted industries qualify for the following:

  • If your business started in 2019, meaning you cannot show a full year of revenue history, it is still eligible for a grant
  • Any fixed cost incurred or planned to occur from April 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020 is an eligible expense for the grant

The following industries are designated as disproportionately impacted (must match first two or four digits of 2019 tax return NAICS code):

  • 44 (Retail Trade)
  • 45 (Retail Trade)
  • 4855 (Charter Bus Industry)
  • 6116 (Private Instruction)
  • 6212 (Offices of Dentists)
  • 6244 (Child Care Services)
  • 71 (Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation)
  • 72 (Food Services & Drinking Places)
  • 8121 (Personal Care Services)
  • 8129 (Other Personal Services)
A disproportionately impacted industry is one in which many businesses within it had their operations significantly restricted by pandemic containment measures during at least the months of April and May and also experienced significant job losses from January to May and/or had an average industry profit margin below 10% prior to COVID-19. Delaware specific data was used whenever possible to make these determinations, but when it was not available national data was substituted.

Two broad categories of businesses/nonprofits are not eligible for DE Relief Grants:

  • 501(c)3 organizations that are not in a disproportionately impacted industry
  • Businesses or nonprofits that received $1 million or more from the federal Paycheck Protection Program
All grants issued to for-profit businesses must be closed out in 2021. In order to close out the grant, a business must submit proof of all relevant expenditures along with federal tax returns for calendar year 2020 that show at least a 7.5 percent revenue decrease relative to 2019. If a decrease in this amount is not shown, the grant must be paid back to the state with interest applied.
The amount a business or nonprofit can receive is based upon 2019 revenue and could be up to $100,000.

  • $0-$500,000 in revenue: Up to $30,000 (6 percent of 2019 revenue)
  • $500,000-$1 million: Up to $50,000 ($30,000 + 4 percent of 2019 revenue in excess of $500,000)
  • $1 million-$2.5 million: Up to $72,500 ($50,000 + 1.5% of 2019 revenue in excess of $1 million)
  • $2.5+ million: Up to $100,000 ($72,500 plus 1 percent of 2019 revenue in excess of $2.5 million)
The grant can be used for the following:

  • Equipment purchased to make business suitable for COVID-19 safety (PPE, plexiglass, air purifiers, etc)
  • Refinancing of debt incurred due to COVID-19 (including state of Delaware HELP loans)
  • Technological enhancements undertaken in order to adapt business model for COVID-19
  • Advertising efforts undertaken as a result of COVID-19
  • Fixed expenses the applicant accrued during COVID-19 (e.g. rent, mortgage, utilities, insurance, etc.)
There will be three rounds of funding. The application period for the first round of grants opens in early September. Applications will open for other rounds in early October and early November.

Apply online. The application will be available above when the first funding period opens.

Follow the Division of Small Business on social media (Facebook and Twitter) for updates on timing for the application period to start.

Gather the following documents, which you will need to submit as part of your grant application:

  • 2019 tax return
  • Receipts for qualifying expenses
  • Delaware Business License

The Division of Small Business’s team of Regional Business Managers is available to help companies prepare their applications. Small businesses should connect with the manager for their part of the state.

Contact a member of the Division of Small Business Regional Business Manager team. Or send an email to


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Read the press release from Gov. Carney’s office on the new grant program

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