Smyth Strong Fund



The COVID-19 Crisis has had devastating effects on local and regional businesses. The Smyth County Board of Supervisors, The Smyth County Economic Development Authority, The Saltville Industrial Development Authority, The Town of Chilhowie and the Chamber of Commerce of Smyth County have worked together to help lessen the burden for Smyth County businesses.

“While federal programs have helped, we wanted to do more to help our local businesses in Smyth County,” said Sarah Gillespie, the Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce of Smyth County. “We see small businesses as the backbone of our community and know how important they are to our local economy.”

The Smyth Strong Grant Fund will provide grants from $1,000 to $10,000 to Smyth County businesses. 

“The Smyth County Economic Development Authority knows well the importance of vibrant, local small businesses to the economic growth and development of the county. The EDA is pleased to provide funds for this coordinated loan fund. In this unprecedented time, these loans are intended to help offset the financial burden from closure, reduced operating hours, or lower business volumes to help cover ongoing payroll and other expenses. We hope to reach a wide variety of businesses, “ said John McLean, EDA Chair.

The new grant pool that has been established will provide grants in the amount of $1,000-$10,000 for small businesses in Smyth County.
The grant is open to businesses located throughout Smyth County, those who have received PPP or other funding and those who have not are eligible to apply. All applications must be received by September 25th to be considered for the initial round of funding. For more information or to
apply for the fund please email all applications to Sarah Gillespie at

For more information and to apply, download the Smyth Strong Application. 

All questions and applications should be submitted to