Grants Available to Local Businesses through the Merchants Fund

Beginning February 1st, The Merchants Fund will be receiving applications for two different kinds of grants, Stabilization and Emergency Grants


• Purpose of Stabilization Grant:

o Funding for specific projects or assets used to stabilize or grow the business

o Up to $10,000

• 3 grant cycles:

o Winter – Applications open February 1st to February 28th. Grant decisions and

disbursements made by March 31st.

o Spring – Applications open May 1st to May 31st. Grant decisions and

disbursements made by June 30th.

o Summer – Applications open Aug 1st to August 31st. Grant decisions and

disbursements made by September 30th


  • Purpose: Funding to assist in emergency or disaster situations such as floods, fires, or extended business interruption due to public works projects

o Up to $10,000

• Applications reviewed as submitted

• Grants made pending available funding


o Located in Philadelphia

o Independently Owned and Operated

o In operations for a minimum of two years

o Is the owner’s primary source of income

o Operates a storefront or physical location (food trucks and kiosks are eligible)

o Is in compliance with all federal, state, and local taxes (or on an approved payment


o Has the required federal, state, and local licenses and permits to operate legally

o Has been in current operations for the last 90 days and plans to continue operating

o Made no less than $75,000 in total sales (also known as revenues) in the last tax year

and no more than $750,000 in the last tax year

o Must be able to show a financial need for the potential grant.


o Signed W-9 for business

o 2022 Federal Tax Return for Business or 2022 Profit & Loss Statement

o 2021 Federal Tax Return for Business

o 2023 Interim Profit & Loss Statement

o 2022 Personal Federal Tax Return (if available)

o 2021 Personal Federal Tax Return

For more information contact Steve Kuzmicki at

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