Gov. Bill Lee

 Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and the Financial Stimulus Accountability Group recdntly announced an initial $50 million in federal Coronavirus Relief Funds for the new Supplemental Employer Recovery Grant program to provide additional relief to small businesses suffering during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This new wave of funding includes specific support for minority-owned, women-owned and veteran-owned businesses, as well as businesses owned by disabled persons.

 “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and supporting them through these difficult times has been one of the core missions of the Financial Stimulus Accountability Group,” said Gov. Lee. “The SERG program will provide further relief to small businesses, especially those who may not have been able to access previous federal and state relief funds.”

 “The coronavirus has placed an inordinate burden on our small business owners. These businesses are critical economic drivers and the most vulnerable during times of crisis,” said Lt. Gov. Randy McNally. “I was grateful for the opportunity to work with my colleagues on the Financial Stimulus Accountability Group to provide this relief to businesses in need.”

 Small business owners and nonprofit organizations can apply to receive reimbursement for eligible direct expenses or costs incurred as a result of business interruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 The program’s application window will open today and remain open until December 29 or until all funds are depleted. Please note:

  • Funds will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis;
  • Awards are capped at $30,000. Businesses located in low to moderate income census tracts, opportunity zones, or promise zones will receive an additional $500 added to the maximum allowable expenses;
  • 10% of all funds distributed under this program will be reserved for eligible diversity business enterprises, classified as minority-business enterprises, women-business enterprises, veteran-business enterprises or enterprises owned by disabled persons.

Eligible expenses and business interruption costs include but are not limited to:

  • Costs to create social-distancing measures
  • Purchasing personal protective equipment for employees or customers
  • Contactless equipment
  • Payroll expenses
  • Mortgage interest

 The SERG program follows the previously allocated $300 million for more than 40,000 qualifying businesses under the Tennessee Business Relief Program.

 To apply and learn more about what is eligible for reimbursement, please visit

For application assistance, please call 1-833-740-1438 or send an email to