Lyon County COVID-19 Small Business Lend-A-Hand Program

Has your Lyon County small business been impacted by closure, business loss or other factors due to COVID-19?

Small businesses with no more than 15 full-time equivalent employees in Lyon County, Iowa, can apply for a competitive emergency funding grant to help cover rent, account payables, fixed expenses, utilities, and employee salaries. All may apply, however, businesses closed by the Governor to aid in fighting COVID-19 will be considered first.

Who’s eligible: You must show that you lost revenue due to COVID-19, and that your business is located in Lyon County.

How to apply: The quickest way is to fill out an application form and email it to Micah Freese or Steve Simons. This grant is competitive and will be reviewed with funding based on need and the amount of grant funds available.

Deadline: Applications are due by 12 p.m. on Monday, April 6, 2020.

When an unforeseen event occurs that negatively impacts small businesses like COVID-19, Lyon County Economic Development and Rock Rapids Development Corporation work with individual businesses to provide support and resources they may need to get them through this difficult time. Because of the disruptions that COVID-19 has created for our small business community, the Lyon County Lend-A-Hand Program was created. It allows impacted small business owners to access competitive grant funds for employee salaries, accounts payable, utilities and rent.

To be eligible for the Lyon County COVID-19 Lend-A-Hand Program, small businesses must:

  1. Have no more than 15 full-time equivalent employees.
  2. Demonstrate a loss of revenue due to COVID-19.
  3. Use grant funds to retain business or employees.

Applicants: The Lend-A-Hand Program has limited funds and is focused on assisting Lyon County small businesses disrupted (closed or business disruption) due to COVID-19. Grant funding depends on funds available and number of applicants. We will do the best we can to assist our small business community in this time of need.

Applications are due by 12 p.m. on Monday, April 6, 2020.

Applications must be completed and submitted via email for review to or or they can be mailed or delivered to:

Attn: Steve Simons – COVID-19 Lend-A-Hand Program
315 1st Avenue, Suite 209
Rock Rapids, IA 51246

For questions or more information, please contact: Micah Freese – (712) 472-4585 or Steve Simons – (712) 472-8546 or