COVID-19: Business Assistance

Click here to view the Forward Virginia Blueprint for Easing Public Health Restrictions

Expansion of Restaurant Outdoor Seating

  • To apply for a permit to build a deck or patio on your property or put seating on a sidewalk or in public right-of-way, just complete an application online

Note: you have to register for an account before completing an application. View instructions hereHave questions? Call us at 434-455-3900.

  • To apply to use a public park or the Bluffwalk for your event or for additional seating, please call Lynchburg Parks and Recreation at 434-455-5858.

Have a question about what uses are allowed on your property or where you can locate outdoor seating?  Send us an email or call us at 434-455-3900.

Governor's Office

Read Executive Orders from the Governor's office regarding COVID-19.

Office of Economic Development & Tourism

Business Recovery Resources

  • The National Restaurant Association has published a Restaurant Reopening Guide, to help the restaurant Industry to reopen safely.
  • The Retail Industry Leaders Association and National Retail Federation released a Blueprint for Shopping Safe outlining a phased-in approach to reopening retail.
  • The American Hotel and Lodging Association launched its "Stay Safe" program, for enhanced cleaning and safety standards across the industry.
  • Great ideas for business and leaders are available from Reopen Main Street
  • Virginia Tourism Corporation has released a Road to Recovery video and a COVID-19 ToolKit.
  • Sports Clubs/Tourism: This resource from The Aspen Institute provides high-level guidance by sport, as guidance varies based on shared equipment, team size, etc. It also links to more information by sport, as most governing  bodies have provided much more detailed guidance by sport (like this from Little League).  The National Recreation and Park Association has also developed very helpful resources here, including specific guidance by park, facility or program type.

Virginia State Government

Virginia Employment Commission

Centers for Disease Contraol and Prevention (CDC) - Guidelines for businesses to take prior to reopening (water systems).
Environmental Science, Policy & Research Institute - Guidelines for flushing water systems.

U.S. Small Business Administration

What does a Declaration of Local Emergency mean for the community?

  • The declaration of a local emergency allows the City to request additional resources from the state and federal governments as available to assist in response and recovery efforts.
  • Local and State governments share the responsibility for protecting their citizens from disasters, and for helping them to recover when a disaster strikes. In some cases, a disaster is beyond the capacity of the local government to respond. In these instances, they may request additional resources through the state to help them respond to an emergency event.

Will a Declaration of Local Emergency make businesses eligible for state or federal assistance funding?

  • The emergency declaration does not guarantee funding, but helps the City pursue requesting assistance from the state and federal government.
  • The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. For additional information, please visit the SBA’s Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Find more information on the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans at:

Contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center, call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail

Our nation's small businesses are facing an unprecedented economic disruption due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. On Friday, March 27, 2020, the President signed into law the CARES Act, which contains $376 billion in relief for American workers and small businesses. Below are the four areas of assistance with the CARES Act.

Paycheck Protection Program

EIDL Loan Advance

SBA Express Bridge Loans

SBA Debt Relief

Internal Revenue Service

Offering tax help for taxpayers, businesses, tax-exempt organizations and others – including health plans – affected by coronavirus (COVID-19).

U. S. Department of Treasury

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress with overwhelming, bipartisan support and signed into law by President Trump on March 27th, 2020.  This over $2 trillion economic relief package delivers on the Trump Administration’s commitment to protecting the American people from the public health and economic impacts of COVID-19.

The CARES Act provides fast and direct economic assistance for American workers, families, and small businesses, and preserve jobs for our American industries.

Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance

Visit their website. 
Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance | Valleys Innovation Council

Small Business Development Center

Visit their website

Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation

  • Competitive Grants: Grants are made to tax-exempt organizations and institutions that have received a 501(c)(3) classification...
  • Scholarships: The Community Foundation is proud to assist deserving students in our area in obtaining financial assistance for attending the college of their choice. 
  • Visit their website.

Lynchburg Community Action Group (LYN-CAG)

  • Employment Training
  • Visit their website

Goodwill Industries of the Valleys

  • Receive virtual training, classes, and career coaching: Creating a Powerful Resume, Nail the Interview; Get the Job, Excel – The Basics, Retail Industry Fundamentals, Professional Communication, Employ Excellence, Mental Health in the Workplace, Customer Service 101
  • Visit the website

Old Dominion Job Corps

Work-based learning (WBL) program provides students with opportunities to link their career technical training with practical, on-the-job activities. Students participating in WBL improve their work habits and attitudes, identification of goals and aptitudes, and the motivation to complete and further their education.

Central Virginia Community College

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted us all, but some more than others. Through its Re-Employing Virginians (REV) campaign, the Governor’s office is giving Virginia’s Community Colleges funds to help students cover the costs of tuition and fees in fields that will lead to careers in their community.

In order to be eligible for a training voucher, an applicant must have received unemployment benefits on or after August 1, 2020, or must certify that they are working in a part-time job with an hourly wage under $15 after losing a full-time job due to COVID-19.

You must also be interested in pursuing training or classes in a specified skilled trades CVCC approved Career Technical Education (CTE) program such as:

  • Health Sciences 
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing Technology
  • Public Safety Programs.

For more information, please visit their website.

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