2021 Franklin County Community Equity Fund

Applications open October 8 – November 8!

The Franklin County Community Equity Fund is (FCCEF) back! As we continue to see the disproportionate detrimental impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Black and brown people across the country, we’ve heard from many of you who’ve let us know that you still need help!

In 2020, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners entered into a strategic partnership with One Columbus and the Columbus Urban League to launch the Franklin County Business Growth and Equity Alliance. The Equity Alliance focuses on implementing economic equity strategies and maintains the priority of urgently deploying capital to support small Black and brown-owned businesses.

Thanks to a $1,000,050 investment in ARPA funding from the Board of Commissioners, the 2021 Franklin County Community Equity Fund is open October 8 – November 8, 2021 to provide support to for-profit businesses to help pay bills, stabilize, and retain employees through COVID-19 pandemic.

Grants Available:

  • Open Doors – small business stabilization grants up to $10,000 for Franklin County small businesses with up to 25 employees who started their business on or before October 7, 2019.
  • New Ventures – small business start-up grants up to $5,000 for Franklin County small businesses with up to 25 employees who started operations between October 8, 2019, and September 7, 2021.

— Grant Amount determined by review of complete application.
— Each applicant who meets program requirements is eligible for one of the grants listed above, plus an additional $1,000 per W-2 employee (up to $5,000).

Read the eligibility guidelines, review needed supporting documents and follow the application steps in the sidebar on this page.

Have more questions? Check our our FAQ page here.

Questions? Call us at 614-484-9090 or email equityfund@cul.org

Special Thanks to Our Partners: