OBKY COVID-19 Emergency Relief Programs

The City of Owensboro is committed to supporting our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Elected officials and city staff are working diligently to support our citizens and small businesses throughout the pandemic and recovery. Click here for more information from our Owensboro City Commissioners.  

To benefit businesses and residents during this difficult time, the City is announcing OBKY COVID-19 Emergency Relief Programs consisting of three distinct opportunities:

  • A Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant providing $2,500 for eligible small businesses (10 or fewer employees) located within the City who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19.  The funds are intended to provide flexibility to businesses, and can be used for business expenses such as rent, payroll, utilities, etc.  As a grant instead of a loan, the funds do not need to be repaid.  Through local and federal funds, $300,000 is available to support the Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant.
  • A credit to ALL City Commercial Sanitation accounts of $18 per month for May and June. 
  • A Rental Assistance Program providing up to three (3) months of rental assistance for eligible renters.  To be eligible, renters must reside in the City of Owensboro and earn less than 80% of the area median income for their household size.

OBKY COVID-19 Emergency Relief Program Guidelines are posted at www.owensboro.org, can be picked up at City Hall, 101 E. 4th Street (in foyer on Allen Street side of building) or use contact below to receive by mail. Beginning Monday, May 4th, applications will be accepted via interactive online form, secure drop box at City Hall, 101 E. 4th Street (on Allen Street side of building) or by mailing to P.O. Box 10003, Owensboro, KY  42302-9003. Funds will be distributed until depleted, on a first-come, first-served basis.  

Program Contacts:

-Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant: OBKYgrant@owensboro.org or 270-687-5600

-Rental Assistance Program: rentalassistance@owensboro.org or 270-687-8658

-Sanitation Credit:  gofftd@owensboro.org or 270-687-8510