The City of Iowa City is now accepting grant applications from small businesses in Iowa City impacted by the COVID-19 health crisis, through a partnership with the East Central Iowa Council of Governments (ECICOG).

Grants up to $15,000 (up to $10,000 for businesses without employees) are available to qualifying small businesses to support ongoing operational needs. 

Learn more about eligibility and how to apply

Eligible businesses must meet federal requirements for retaining or hiring primarily low-moderate income employees or by qualifying as a microenterprise (a small business owned by a low-moderate income person with four or fewer employees). Details and an application are available at

To provide a better understanding of the program and eligibility, a virtual information session will be held via Zoom at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020. City of Iowa City and ECICOG staff will be on hand to discuss program requirements, the application process, as well as answer questions. Those interested can register here.

Applications are due by 5 p.m., Monday, Jan. 4, 2021.  For the Applicant Guide, Frequently Asked Questions, eligibility information, and the online application, visit

For questions about the program, please contact ECICOG Administrator Harrison Freund at 319-289-0075 or email

Date of publication

Monday, December 07, 2020