Apply for the Center of the Universe Small Business Relief Fund

The Fremont Chamber of Commerce has launched the Center of the Universe Small Business Relief Fund to help our small businesses & nonprofits impacted by COVID-19. While there are multiple grant relief resources available, we have identified gaps that leave some of our neighborhood businesses and nonprofits without relief opportunities.

Our goal is to raise a minimum of $75,000 and to start distributing grants by August 15th. 100% of all funds raised will be distributed!

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Has fewer than 50 employees.
  2. In order to be eligible your business/organization must be located in Fremont. (From Ballard Bridge to I-5, from the Woodland Park Zoo to both sides of the Ship Canal, and on Westlake Avenue to Roy/Terry Avenue).
  3. Is a Fremont Chamber of Commerce member in good standing. If you are not a current member and meet the Fund eligibility requirements, you may JOIN HERE for 2020.

How to Apply & Application FAQ

  • Fill out the Simple Application Below.
  • The first round of funding will open on August 1st. Our goal is to distribute initial funds by August 15, 2020. The more we raise, the more will be distributed. 100% of all funds raised will be distributed.
  • $1,500 Grants will be awarded based on availability of funds to help as many Fremont businesses and nonprofits as possible. A Chamber Board Committee will review applications and recommend awards.
  • You only need to submit your application once and it will remain active throughout the duration of the Fund.

Granting Prioritizations

  • Businesses/organizations who have not yet received any other means of financial relief.
  • Businesses/organizations who have demonstrated support of and participation in Fremont community activities, initiatives & neighborhood improvements.
  • Business/organization’s tenure as Fremont Chamber members.

Simple Application

    My business/organization is a Fremont Chamber of Commerce member.

    If you are not a current member and meet the Fund eligibility requirements, you may JOIN HERE for 2020.

    Business Type

    Are you currently receiving full or partial rent abatement?


    Agreement & Disclaimers

    Accuracy of information provided
    Applicant certifies that all answers and information provided are true and complete to the best of its knowledge. If this application leads to acceptance, Applicant understands that false or misleading information in its application may result in termination from the program or withholding of awarded funds.

    Grant awards are final
    Applicant understands and acknowledges that all determinations of grant award amounts are final and not subject to appeal or contest. Except where a decision is based on inaccurate information, Applicant agrees to accept the decision of the Fund and agrees that the Fund is not obligated to give any additional rationale or justification for the decision to grant or not grant funds, nor the decision on how much funds to grant. If the reason given for a decision not to award a grant is based on information that is not accurate, please email [email protected] with any information correcting the inaccuracy.

    Applicant will not use funds provided by the Fund, directly or indirectly, in support of activities (a) prohibited by U.S. laws related to combating terrorism; (b) with persons on the List of Specially Designated Nationals ( or entities owned or controlled by such persons; or (c) with countries against which the U.S. maintains comprehensive or targeted sanctions (currently, Cuba, Iran, Syria, North Korea, and the Crimea Region of Ukraine), unless such activities are fully authorized by the U.S. government under applicable law and specifically approved by the Fund in its sole discretion.
    Anti-corruption and anti-bribery

    Applicant will not offer or provide money, gifts, or any other things of value directly or indirectly to anyone in order to improperly influence any act or decision relating to the Fund, including by assisting any party to secure an improper advantage.

    Applicant understands and agrees that Grant Funds will not be used for any of the following purposes:
    A. To carry on propaganda or otherwise to attempt to influence legislation within the meaning of Internal Revenue Code Section 4945(d)(1);
    B. To influence the outcome of any specific public election within the meaning of Internal Revenue Code Section 4945(d)(2);
    C. To make any grant to an individual for travel, study, or similar purposes by such individual within the meaning of Section 4945(d)(3);
    D. To make any grant to any other organization except as permitted under Internal Revenue Code Section 4945(d)(4); and,
    E. To undertake any activity for any purpose other than the charitable purposes specified in Internal Revenue Code Section 170(c)(2)(B)