Response to COVID-19

We understand that many businesses are feeling the economic implications of COVID-19. The Athens County Economic Development Council, Athens Area Chamber of Commerce and Athens County Convention & Visitors Bureau created a resource guide to help area businesses navigate through financial challenges they may be facing as a direct result of the COVID-19 virus pandemic. The resource guide categorizes assistance into three priority focus areas: 1) Resources, 2) Relief, 3) Rebound.

The ACEDC has been in frequent communication with other local, state and regional economic development entities regarding this matter and will update this document as new assistance programs and resources become available.



The Athens County Small Business Relief Fund program is designed to alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic business closures mandated by the State of Ohio.  Each grant will be awarded on a reimbursement basis for funds expensed on eligible items incurred beginning March 01, 2020. Grants up to $5,000 will be awarded in the first round of funding. Businesses may be eligible to apply for an additional award up to $5,000 in a second round of funding.

Click here to download Program Guidelines & Application 

An eligible business that is interested in participating in this program must fill out the application and email application and supporting documents to by Friday, October 30th at 3:00pm for consideration. ***Please combine application and supporting documents into one PDF.


Governor Mike DeWine has designated up to $125 million of funding received by the State of Ohio from the federal CARES Act to provide $10,000 grants to small businesses to help them through the current crisis. The program will begin accepting applications November 2, 2020. Each county has been allocated funds to award fifty $10,000 grants in the first 3 weeks. Learn more about program terms and conditions and apply at 



Athens County Reopening Guidelines COVID-19

Athens County Resources for Businesses Impacted by COVID

COVID-19 Resilience Fund (all funds dispersed; pending second round of funding)