The anticipated Small Business Recovery Grant program launched today. Businesses may seek grants of between $1,000.00 and $5,000.00. Applications are now being accepted online here.

To help businesses assemble the required application information, an “Application Preparation Worksheet” has been developed. The idea is that the applicant would use the worksheet to organize financial information and prepare answers to questions required on the online application.  Think of it as a dry run. When ready, the business would log on to the website and complete the online application.

Applications for assistance will be accepted until midnight on May 20, 2020.

The initiative has been organized by Polk County, the Greater Des Moines Partnership and the City of Des Moines with financial support coming from area cities (including Johnston and Urbandale) and from area businesses. The Johnston City Council has pledged $50,000.00 to the effort, which will be matched by resources from Polk County and the private sector contributors. JEDCO has pledged $2,500.00 to the cause as well.

Small businesses, especially those that may not have benefited from other federal or state programs, are strongly encouraged to submit an application. Questions should be directed to the Iowa Center for Economic Success at (515) 283-0940 or