Because of the COVID-19 global outbreak, program and event directors have lost the ability to conduct open houses, give families a tour, attend trade shows, etc., which is often the core of their conventional marketing. With more programs and events in a holding pattern, having a digital strategy is more important than ever.
Recently Facebook announced that it would give $40 million in grants to 10,000 U.S. small businesses that have been adversely affected by the coronavirus, offering a $4000 grant for the recipients in the U.S. ($2500 cash, $1500 in optional ads credits) to help during this challenging time.
The grants program spans 34 cities and is part of the $100 million grant program announced on March 17. A business does not need to be on Facebook, Instagram or WhatsApp to apply.
The grants would assist in these areas:
- Keep a company’s workforce going strong
- Help with rent costs
- Connect with more customers
- Cover operational costs
To be eligible to apply, your business must:
- Be a for-profit company
- Employ between 2 and 50 workers
- Have been in business for more than a year
- Have been negatively impacted by the pandemic
- Be in or near a location where Facebook operates
If your business is listed in eligible cities, before applying, you’ll need to gather your documents—at least one of the following:
- Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN)
- Partnership documents
- Business license
- Proof of incorporation
- Official registration
The application for a Facebook grant will ask you to share your contact information, a brief summary of your business and how you would use the cash grant.
Businesses are now able to submit their application. The application deadline is May 8, 2020, at 11:59 PM(EDT).
Along with the grants, Facebook also launched its Business Hub, featuring resources and recommendations to help small businesses stay on course. The Business Hub offers access to reliable information about COVID-19 to help companies stay informed and proactive, including purchasing gift cards for small businesses.
If your program is eligible, take advantage by applying for this great opportunity. Digital channels can offer benefits and opportunities and become part of your long-term marketing contingency plans. With your managers and staff working from home, your team has more time to develop digital strategies.
If you take a strategic approach to digital marketing, it should not only serve as an emergency response but also a long-term value when the world eventually gets back to normal. This type of road mapping will make your company more adaptable if you ever have to deal with any future pandemics.
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