Arlington County Council voted 5-0 today to approve the Small Business GRANT 2.0 program, which will provide direct financial assistance to small businesses as they continue to recover from the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The GRANT 2.0 program will provide immediate funding to businesses and nonprofits to help them with their short-term recovery and will focus on hard-to-reach businesses, as well as industries most affected by stay orders. governor’s domicile who were not eligible or could not quickly rotate to respond to other grant opportunities. A total of $ 2 million is allocated to the program through the American Rescue Plan Act.
“I know many of us are tired of COVID, but from a health and economic standpoint, the pandemic is not over. This continues to be a significant source of challenges for our small businesses, ”said Matt de Ferranti, Chairman of the Arlington County Board of Directors. “This aid targets small businesses that have not received federal or state aid and pays particular attention to businesses that have vaccinated their employees and / or will commit to doing so.” These small grants of $ 10,000 for businesses with 50 or fewer employees are just the kind of buy-local commitment our business community needs.
The GRANT 2.0 program will provide 200 grants of $ 10,000 each to eligible businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 50 employees and who have not received federal or state funding for COVID-19 assistance – although businesses Arlington who received funding under Arlington’s previous Emergency Small Business Grants program last year are eligible. Businesses can use the subsidies for employee wages and benefits, as well as other capital and operating expenses directly related to the impacts of COVID-19. Special attention will be given to companies whose staff are fully vaccinated or who follow COVID-19 testing protocols.
“Eighteen months after the start of this global pandemic, and we are still seeing the effects it is having on our business community,” said Telly Tucker, director of economic development for Arlington. “While many of our businesses have been hit hard, it is our small businesses that have suffered the greatest impact. This grant targets not only the industries most affected, but also those that had not previously received funding from the state or the federal government. “
Eligibility and application process
Qualifying businesses and non-profit organizations must belong to the following industry sectors: arts and entertainment, childcare, hotel and accommodation, personal services, restaurants and food services (including food trucks) and retail, have their primary location in Arlington County, operate from a brick-and-mortar location in a commercially zoned area, have a current Arlington business license for 2021, and be up to date on their tax obligations. Applications should be submitted electronically. Grants will be randomly awarded to eligible businesses. The aim is for the application process to be operational at the beginning of October.
Register now be notified when the grant application process is open.
Arlington Economic Development continues to provide resources to help local businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, including To restart and one Marketing toolkit. Visit www.arlingtoneconomicdevelopment.com/covid-19 to become familiar with the resources available and to learn more about Arlington companies offering online and special services.