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Many localities in our region are planning to use federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) funding to provide grants to small businesses. CIC is helping manage a few funds and others are being administered directly by local governments. Here are the grant opportunities that we are aware of:
Culpeper CARES Grant
The Town of Culpeper, Town Council and the Culpeper County Board of Supervisors passed the Culpeper Cares Small Business Recovery Grant fund to support small businesses and 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations affected by COVID-19. The program is funded using federal CARES Act funds provided to the Town of Culpeper and Culpeper County and will be administered by Community Investment Collaborative (CIC).
Round One Grant Award Notifications were issued on August 11, 2020.
Round Two applications will open on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 and close on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 11:59 pm EST.
There is $1.8M remaining for small businesses, with $355,000 remaining for 501c3 non-profit organizations. Learn how to apply
Fluvanna Small Business Grant
The Funds for Recovery and Operations Management (FROM): Fluvanna Small Business Grants will help businesses from Fluvanna recover from the effects of the ongoing health crisis. The FROM: Fluvanna grants will allow businesses to recoup the increased cost of operation, lost revenue, and other unbudgeted expenses caused by the COVID-19 health crisis. The total fund for businesses is $350,000. Applications open July 8th and close on July 22nd. Learn how to apply
City of Charlottesville Small Business Relief Grant
Charlottesville City Council recently allocated $750,000 in funding obtained from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) for direct business support. The Office of Economic Development, in conjunction with the Economic Development Authority, is charged with deploying these funds through the Small Business Relief Grant Program. These grant funds are intended to help small businesses that have endured significant business interruption due to the required closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The total fund for businesses is $750,000. Applications open on July 13th and close on July 17th. Learn how to apply
Albemarle County Lift Grant
The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors approved on July 15 the launch of the Albemarle County Lift Grant, a relief initiative to provide 100 grants to local small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, for costs incurred due to the public health emergency including ongoing expenses such as payroll, rent, insurance, or other operating expenses or adaptive costs such as the purchase of e-commerce equipment, website creation or upgrade to online sales.
Applications will be considered based on qualitative and quantitative data using a scoring matrix with preference given to women, minority, and veteran-owned businesses and the hospitality and tourism, retail, arts, and entertainment industries. Applicants must provide proof of COVID-related impact. Eligible businesses must be located in Albemarle County, have been established for two years, have at least two employees, be for-profit, have a current business license, and be current on March 1st business taxes. Self-employed, home-based businesses, banks and financial operations, non-locally owned and operated franchises, and vape, tobacco, gambling, sex-related industries, and weapon manufacturers are ineligible for funding. For questions about eligibility, please email email@example.com.
The Albemarle County Lift Grant Program has a budget of $1.25 million and is funded through an allocation of CARES Coronavirus Relief Fund received by Albemarle County from the state.
The application process, administered by the Community Investment Collaborative, is anticipated to open on July 22nd and close on August 3rd. Any businesses interested in applying should submit an inquiry form. Businesses interested in learning more about the program and asking questions about eligibility should attend a webinar, scheduled for Monday, July 27th at 12pm. Grant awards will be announced in early August with funds distributed in mid-August.
Submit an Inquiry
Sign up for the webinar on July 27th
Greene CARES Grant
The Greene County Board of Supervisors has authorized $300,000 from its CARES act funding to be used to support businesses impacted by COVID-19. Grant amounts range from $5,000 to $25,000.
Please use this form to express interest in applying for the grants. Only those who submit this form will be invited into the Lenderfit application portal. Applications are anticipated to open on July 29th and all applications and materials will be due by August 26th.
This page will be updated with more information as it becomes available. If you have questions, please email GreeneCountyBusinessGrants@cicville.org.
Submit an inquiry to be notified when applications open.
Nelson CARES Grant
Nelson County is considering a grant program for small businesses at their July 14th Board of Supervisors Meeting. Check back for more information.
Louisa CARES Grant
Louisa County is considering a grant program for small businesses. Check back for more information.
Orange CARES Grant
Bounce Back Orange Small Business Grant will offer grants to qualified businesses and organizations that will not have to be repaid. The grant application process will open on August 3, 2020, closing on August 17, 2020 at 11:59 pm EST. Grant awards will be awarded on August 31, 2020. The aim of the $300,000 fund, which includes $200,000 for for-profit businesses and private schools, and $100,000 for non-profit entities, is to award cash grants to small businesses and organizations impacted by COVID-19 in a timely and efficient manner.
For-profit businesses, non-profits, and private schools:
• Must be operational as of March 27, 2020, must be based within Orange County, does not require a “storefront” location, can be home-based business. Businesses must show a revenue loss or expenditure increase due to COVID-19 health crisis.
• Grants of up to $5,000 for businesses with fewer than 10 full-time employees.
• Grants of up to $10,000 for businesses with more than 10 but fewer than 50 full-time employees.
What you need to apply:
Complete a Bounce Back Orange Small Business Grant interest form . This is NOT the grant application. We will use the information captured in the interest form to notify you when the grant application opens on August 3, 2020.
New Rebuild! Virginia, Small Business Grant Program
More information will be posted soon, applications open August 10th.
The Rebuild VA Grant Fund is a program to help small businesses and non-profits whose normal operations were disrupted by COVID-19, including restaurants, brick and mortar retail, exercise and fitness facilities, personal care and personal grooming services, entertainment and public amusement establishments, and campgrounds.
Powhatan Business Assistance Grant
Powhatan County, VA –Powhatan County Economic Development is pleased to announce the Powhatan Business Assistance Grant program. The grant program is funded using the Federal CARES Act funding, which the Powhatan Board of Supervisors have allocated $517,404.60 to assist small businesses in Powhatan. The funding is intended to cover COVID-19 related costs and will be administered through the Powhatan Economic Development Authority by Community Investment Collaborative (CIC). The program is separated into two categories: 1) funding up to $25,000 for businesses with 10-25 employees and $500,000-$2.5 million in revenue per calendar year 2019 and 2) up to $10,000 for businesses with 9 or less employees and less than $500,000 in revenue per calendar year 2019. All businesses must be able to show at least a 25% revenue reduction from 2019 to 2020. Applications will open on August 24th, 2020 and will close on September 7th, 2020. Applicants are required to visit the CIC website and complete the interest form to be automatically informed of the opening of applications. Awards will be made for qualified businesses in early September. Submit a mandatory interest form.