The DeKalb County Small Business Relief Program is a partnership between Decide DeKalb and LISC Atlanta to assist small businesses in DeKalb County struggling with the effects of COVID-19. Funding has been provided by the Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Recovery and Response Fund, a partnership between the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and United Way of Greater Atlanta, and Advance DeKalb. Please see below for eligibility requirements and other details about the program.
Which businesses are eligible for the DeKalb County Small Business Loan Fund?
Businesses must be:
  • Located in DeKalb County
  • Have 50 or fewer employees
  • Have been in business at least one year
  • Be located in a distressed census tract
What does it mean to be located in a “distressed census tract?”
The U.S Department of the Treasury defines low-income communities as any census tract where the poverty rate for that tract is at least 20%, or the median family income for that tract is less than 80% of the median family income for the metro Atlanta area.
To determine if your business is located in a distressed census tract, you can enter your business’s address here. If the word “distressed” appears in blue, you are located in a distressed census tract and are eligible for the loan program.