May 26, 2021
Press Release
Community Navigators Program will connect small businesses in underserved communities to recovery funding available through the American Rescue Plan

(Rochester, NY) - Today, Congressman Joe Morelle announced the launch of the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Community Navigators Program to provide support for small businesses struggling with the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. This important program, which Rep. Morelle helped fund as part of the American Rescue Plan, will help connect small businesses in underserved areas with recovery grants they are eligible for.

“Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy, and I’m proud to have secured this funding to support them during their time of need,” said Rep. Morelle. “I’ve always said that our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic must be equitable, and the Community Navigators Program will help make that a reality. Through targeted outreach in underserved communities, we can ensure that everyone is able to take advantage of the resources offered by the American Rescue Plan as we work to recover and revitalize our community.”

The SBA’s Community Navigator Program provides counseling, networking and grant assistance specifically to small businesses, connecting them to economic relief programs that are available. While many relief opportunities exist, small businesses with fewer resources may be unaware of these programs or unsure how to apply for funding.  Through this new program, Community Navigators will specifically reach out to underserved populations who may have missed prior opportunities for aid.

Those eligible to apply for Community Navigator grants include nonprofit organizations, state, local, and tribal governments, SBA resource partners, and other organizations. Competitive grant awards will range from $1 million to $5 million for a two-year performance period Applicants have until July 12, 2021, to submit their applications here.

“As a former small business owner myself, I know firsthand the unique challenges facing these entrepreneurs who work tirelessly every day to serve their neighbors,” said Rep. Morelle. “I am grateful for their many contributions to our community and our country and remain committed to supporting the growth and innovation of small businesses for many years to come.”

For more information on Community Navigators, visit: