In an effort to be a good neighbor in its new community, Facebook announced Wednesday it is awarding $100,000 in grants to 25 Huntsville businesses affected by the novel coronavirus.
Applications for small businesses are now open and will close May 6. Click here to apply.
Facebook is constructing a data center in Huntsville, although that work has been slowed in a effort to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
"As the pandemic continues, and Huntsville businesses continue to have to alter operations, small businesses need cash quickly," Facebook said in a press release. "Facebook is providing this critical injection to help small local businesses who need it most. With a Facebook Data Center in Huntsville, Facebook is committed to communities in its footprint."
Facebook also said it is prioritizing 50 percent of the grants to eligible veteran, minority and woman-owned businesses due to what the company said has been a disproportionate negative impact the virus has had on those businesses.
The Huntsville grants are part of Facebook's commitment to hep small businesses around the world, the company said. That includes the creation of a business resource hub to help businesses cope with disruptions and keep their customers connected.
Facebook said its grants are available to small businesses that have served their community for more than a year and have between 2 and 50 employees. Facebook also wants grant applicants to demonstrate how they would use the funding. For more information about the grant process, click here.