A new grant program is being launched to help small business owners recover from losses suffered during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Greater Des Moines Partnership, along with the cities of Des Moines, Urbandale, Johnston, Indianola, Norwalk, West Des Moines, Clive, Windsor Heights and Carlisle, and Polk and Warren counties, have launched the Small Business Recovery Grant Program to help small business owners with fewer than 30 employees. Eligible businesses could receive grants from $1,000 to $5,000. That increases to $10,000 for businesses in Des Moines because of the availability of Community Development Block Grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The combination of funds through the public and private partnership totals $2.6 million, including $700,000 from 19 corporate partners. Contributions are still being accepted, and those interested in contributing can email info@DSMpartnership.com. Applications can be accessed at DSMpartnership.com/smallbusinessgrant, and will remain open until midnight on May 20. Funding will be distributed based on merit and need, not first-come, first-served. Applications will be reviewed by the Iowa Center for Economic Success.