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Pathway Opens Up for More Businesses

Published Thursday, December 10, 2020

The SWLA Alliance’s “Pathway to Small Business Recovery” Grant Program (initially made possible by a $150,000 seed grant from the Sempra Energy Foundation) has been picked up for a second round of funding provided by the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana. During the first funding cycle, fifty local small businesses were awarded $3,000 each. 

“We are overjoyed and relieved that the Community Foundation has stepped in to continue this vital assistance for hurricane impacted businesses that need quick funding to return to business”, said George Swift, President/CEO of the Alliance. “With this new avenue of funding, we are now able to extend the scope of this grant to include all five parishes within Southwest Louisiana: Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron & Jeff Davis,” continued Swift. 

To be eligible, applicants have to a for-profit business, been in operation for 2 or more years, have less than 25 employees, and be located within Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron & Jeff Davis Parishes. 

“The Community Foundation is pleased to partner with the SWLA Alliance on the Pathway to Small Business Recovery Grant. Our Hurricane Relief and Recovery Fund has received almost 4,000 individual and corporate contributions all to help the people and communities of Southwest Louisiana recover. We have made grants to nonprofits to support relief efforts immediately after Hurricanes Laura and again after Delta, and now are making grants to aid in the recovery of our region. Our Community Foundation connects people who care with causes that matter. Since small businesses are integral to each community, this is a cause that matters in the recovery and rebuilding of Southwest Louisiana,” said Sara McLeod Judson, President/CEO, The Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana. 

Four Hundred and thirty-six (436) applications were submitted through the initial round of grants, and the applications that were not selected will be considered for this grant cycle in addition to new applications. 

The application process is simple.  A one-page application is on the SWLA Alliance website ( and also available at The SEED Center (4310 Ryan Street in Lake Charles) between 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday thru Friday. For more information, email 

To apply, each applicant must be able to provide documentation of the following:

  • The for-profit company has been in business for two years
  • have less than 25 employees,
  • and how they plan to use the grant.          

Fifty Grants of $3,000 will be available. Deadline for the application is January 8, 2021.

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