New Resources: Small Business Grant Program, Employment Assistance and More

Page updated on Jun 4, 2020 at 11:17 AM

COVID-19 Resources for Those In NeedThe Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) is continuing to work together with departments across the City of Alexandria as well as City partners to support individuals and families impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. DCHS encourages residents to share these recent updates and newly added resources and services with others, particularly those who are in need, those living in communities not speaking English as a first language, and vulnerable residents, including those who may not have access to traditional media.

Employment Resources

  • Weekly Featured Jobs Flyer. Every week, the Workforce Development Center posts a list of employers who are hiring for a range of positions. View the flyer or follow Workforce Development Center on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn for the latest flyer and other job opportunities.

  • Online Workshop to Focus on Job Search in the Digital Age. The City of Alexandria Workforce Development Center is teaming up with AARP Virginia to offer this 60-minute workshop on Thursday, June 11, from 11 a.m. to noon. The workshops will focus on mastering the online job search, how job search engines help job seekers find jobs, online networking, and resume tips, including how to age-proof resumes. Learn more about the workshop and how to register.

Small Business Grant Program - Applications Accepted June 4 - June 8

  • Businesses invited to apply TODAY through June 8 for the Alexandria Back to Business (ALX B2B) grants program. Applications will be accepted TODAY through 5 p.m. Monday, June 8, for grants available to Alexandria-based, for-profit businesses with 2 to 100 employees that have experienced losses in revenue of 25 percent or greater due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants will be awarded in the amounts of $10,000 for businesses with 2 to 24 employees; $15,000 for 25 to 49 employees; and $20,000 for 50 to 100 employees. Employees may be full-time or part-time but must have received a W-2 form for 2019. For more information and to apply, visit the Alexandria Back 2 Business grants webpage.

Financial and Support Resources

  • Older adults can take advantage of the City's Senior Cool Care Program. This program is for eligible seniors who need cooling in their homes. Participants must be a City of Alexandria resident, 60 years of age or older and must meet income and other guidelines Call at 703.746.5999 or email for eligibility. For more information about this program and others serving Alexandria’s older adults, visit

  • Virginia Receives USDA Approval to Join SNAP Online Purchasing Pilot Program. As of May 29, Virginians who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits can now pay for their groceries online through Walmart and Amazon platforms and have them delivered. Only eligible food may be purchased with SNAP benefits; delivery fees and other associated charges may not be paid for with SNAP benefits. Learn more about the program, access a set of FAQs and get a link to information for retailers interested in participating.

Coping Resources

  • When Staying Home Doesn’t Feel Safe. These are stressful times because of health risks from COVID-19 and because everyone must stay home as much as possible. For some people, staying home doesn’t always feel safe, because someone there may threaten or hurt them. If this describes your situation, call the City’s Sexual Assault Hotline at 703.638.7273 or Domestic Violence Hotline at 703.746.4911. Learn more about resources for victims of sexual assault or domestic violence, including a shareable flyer on staying safe at home during this crisis available in English, Arabic, Amharic and Spanish.

Multi-Language Resources

As a reminder, the City’s website is now accessible in 10 different languages, which can be accessed through a drop-down box in the top right of each page. In addition, the City has a growing number of resources specifically related to COVID-19 available in multiple languages, including:

Volunteers Needed, Survey Available and More News

  • Volunteer Needed. Volunteer Alexandria is seeking volunteers for its COVID-19 Community Care activities. For a complete list of opportunities (including virtual, home-based volunteer work) and details, visit the Volunteer Alexandria webpage.
  • Participate in the COVID-19 Care Survey through June 19. The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) encourage all residents to participate in a COVID-19 Care Survey to identify local challenges to accessing COVID-19 testing and care. Results from the survey will be analyzed and reviewed by AHD and community partners to determine how different populations in Alexandria seek and receive care. The project will result in an AHD plan to address major issues that have been identified by the public and inform future work with local health care providers. The survey, which is available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Amharic and Farsi, will be open through June 19. It takes about five minutes to complete, and all answers are anonymous. 
  • Thank You, Alexandria. Watch a special video message from the Alexandria City Council to thank essential workers, businesses, teachers, volunteers, public health and healthcare workers, City staff, and every resident who has helped our community so far. Captioning is available in Amharic, Arabic and Amhaic.

Read previous articles highlighting updates on services and programs available to those impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. 

For the latest on the COVID-19 crisis, including Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19, visit For questions about COVID-19, call the Alexandria COVID-19 Information Line at  703.746.4988, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Virginia residents can also call the Virginia Department of Health public information line at 877-ASK-VDH3. If you have chest pain or shortness of breath, call or text 911. To get alerts, text ALEXCOVID19 to 888777.