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Small Business Readiness for Resiliency Program

This grant is provided by U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

  • Grant Amount

    $5K
  • Grant Frequency

    Ongoing

About This Grant

How it works.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s goal is to support small businesses in becoming more resilient and prepared for disasters. Times of crisis can be devastating for communities, and they are dedicated to sharing knowledge and resources and promoting collaboration to ensure a speedy recovery.

The R4R program is designed specifically for small businesses with 500 or fewer employees. It guides businesses through a four-step process to enhance their preparedness. Once the steps to resilience are completed, businesses become eligible for grants when a U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Individual Assistance declaration is made in their county.

How You Can Use the Funds

  • To help cover uncovered losses incurred by a disaster that equal or exceed $5,000

Documents Required

  • Step 1: Complete the Preparedness Checklist prepared by FedEx and American Red Cross (PDF download for Spanish and English on the grant site page)
  • Step 2: Register Your Business (link to the form on the grant site page)
  • Step 3: Add the R4R Team to Your Contacts List

Eligibility Requirements

  • Any small business (fewer than 500 employees), with an Employee Identification Number (EIN)
  • Some industries are not allowed, including private clubs, religious educational institutions, and direct sellers.
  • Nonprofits will not be funded.
  • The US Chamber of Commerce team will closely monitor disaster declarations and individual assistance distinctions made by FEMA. If your business meets the following criteria and is selected for a grant, you will be notified..
  • Your business is located within an area impacted by the declared disaster.
  • You registered your business (Step 2) before the FEMA declaration occurred.
  • Agree to Small Business Readiness for Resiliency Program Grant rules
  • Your business is located within an area impacted by the declared disaster.
  • Your application was submitted before the FEMA declaration occurred.