Business Boost Grants

Note: The Business Boost Grant application has closed. Thank you for your interest in the program.

The City continues to look for creative ways to support small businesses that are under financial pressure due to COVID-19. A recent statewide survey showed that access to financial resources is one of the top challenges for businesses looking to reopen or fully restore operations.

As a result, the City has launched a new program to support small businesses with a one-time micro-grant to help overcome the loss of revenue and assist with recovery efforts. The grants are available for a variety of small businesses, including:

  • Restaurants and bars
  • Hotels and motels
  • Retail 
  • Personal services 

The City will award 250 micro-grants of $1,000. Businesses must submit an application for consideration and grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Grant program logo showing open hands and hearts


The money for the micro-grants will come from funds previously approved by the City for Unity Park. Private donors to the Unity Park project can also designate up to 10% of their contributions to go toward the Small Business Boost Program. Go to to make a contribution to the park and email to earmark a portion of your donation to help local businesses.

“We have an extraordinarily generous community made up of the people who call it home and the small, locally owned businesses where they work, eat and shop. It makes sense to direct some of the City’s share of Unity Park funding to assist small businesses and to provide a way for park donors to earmark a portion of their contributions to help small businesses in our community survive.”

- Mayor Knox White

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for a grant, businesses must:

  • Have a physical location in the city limits of Greenville
  • Have a current City of Greenville business license
  • Be independent or locally owned (franchise included)
  • Have between 2 and 49 employees 
  • Have annual gross sales of less than $1 million (as of latest completed business license filing) 
  • Have no open tax liens or any current open judgments 
  • Not have filed for bankruptcy

Grant recipients will be required to sign the Greater Greenville Pledge.