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Small Business Grant Applications Accepted Through May 29

May 27, 2020

Cumberland County Community Development has established a Small Business Resiliency grant program to assist qualified local businesses that suffered economic hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is supported by Community Development Block Grant funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

The program will provide grants up to $10,000 and is targeting small for-profit businesses with 10 or fewer full-time equivalent employees. The goal is to help businesses retain employees and maintain economic stability during the crisis. 

To apply, businesses must operate within the Cumberland County geographic service area (*not within the City of Fayetteville), which includes the unincorporated areas of the county, as well as the towns of Eastover, Falcon, Godwin, Hope Mills, Linden, Spring Lake, Stedman and Wade. Look up your business using GIS to determine eligibility.

Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on May 29. Application, submission requirements, and guidelines can be obtained via:

Funds may be used for:

  • Working capital to meet payroll, pay rent and utilities or purchase inventory
  • Purchasing machinery and equipment (with or without installation costs)
  • Professional services including engineering, architectural, local permits or fees, business consulting services, but only as specifically approved by County staff; and
  • Marketing materials and advertising including website development and servicing


Certain business types are ineligible to apply, including:

  • Residential or at-home businesses
  • Franchises
  • Hotels or motels
  • Liquor stores
  • Financial / lending institutions
  • Private membership or fraternal organizations/businesses
  • Adult oriented businesses
  • National / regional chain businesses
  • Bars and night clubs
  • Vape shops and hemp shops
  • Tattoo parlors and body piercing shops
  • Gambling business
  • Businesses owned in part or fully by Cumberland County staff, administration, or leadership.


For additional information, please email cmclamb@co.cumberland.nc.us or call (910) 323-6112.

* Both the City of Fayetteville and Cumberland County receive entitlement grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The amount of the entitlement is based on the population and several other objective measures of community needs within the geographic area of the jurisdiction. Therefore, if your business is located within the City of Fayetteville area, you may be eligible to apply for the programs offered within that jurisdiction. Contact the City of Fayetteville Economic and Community Development Department at (910) 433-1590 for more information.