Sunday is Final Day to Apply for City of Toledo Emergency Microenterprise Recovery Grant

Friday, May 22, 2020

Sunday, May 24, is the last day to apply for the City of Toledo’s emergency microenterprise recovery grant (EMRG) program. Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz announced the grant program during a virtual news conference conducted with members of Toledo City Council.

The EMRG is designed to assist for-profit microenterprises to maintain or restart operations and retain jobs by providing up to $5,000 for eligible operating expenses incurred between March 1 and June 30. The program is funded with $1 million of the $4.4 million COVID-19 CARES Act Community Development Block Grant Funds. The grants are subject to federal requirements. EMRG is a one-time program that will terminate once the grant funds are disbursed. Fifth Third Bank was instrumental in creating the EMRG grant program by donating banking services and disbursing funds to grantees.

Priority will be given to businesses that have not received relief funding from the Small Business Administration. Due to the possibility of a high volume of applications and limited funding availability, the city may conduct a lottery to grant awards.

More information can be found, and applications may be filed, at Please contact the Department of Economic Development at or 419-245-1614 with any questions.

The city of Toledo has compiled a list of services affected by the pandemic, and available resources, which can be found at this link:

For more information on COVID-19, please visit The Lucas County Community COVID-19 call linenumbers are 419-251-4000 (English only) and 419-291-5355 (multilingual). The public is asked to refrain from calling 911 unless it is a true emergency. Call 419-213-4161, press 4, and leave a message to report COVID-19 related matters. The Ohio Department of Health COVID-19 website is www.Coronavirus.Ohio.Gov and the Ohio Department of Health hotline is 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).