COVID-19 SMALL BUSINESS RELIEF FUND

Calhoun County Area Chamber & Visitors Center
Institutes New COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund

The Chamber has partnered with the Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama
in response to the urgent need for assistance to sustain Calhoun County’s small businesses fighting COVID-19.

The Calhoun County Area Chamber & Visitors Center in partnership with the Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama is responding to the urgent need for assistance to sustain the Calhoun County Region’s small businesses as they fight for their survival amidst the COVID-19 crisis. As Calhoun County unites together to support its small business community, the Small Business Relief Fund has been established to quickly administer much needed funding during these challenging times. 

Working with generous partners and donors, we’ve established the COVID-19 “Small Business Relief Fund.” The goal of the Small Business Relief Fund is to expedite financial support for temporary relief for small businesses (2 – 25 full-time equivalent employees) facing unexpected expenses, which are extra challenging to cover during this period of business inactivity due to the COVID-19 response. Grant amounts of $2,000 to $5,000 per business will be available to meet these one-time needs.

Whether you are a business, foundation, or an individual, we must rally together to provide relief for our community’s small businesses. Our local economy thrives on small businesses and the need for help is urgent. Give big and support small today.

To donate today to the Small Business Relief Fund:

Donate Online: Visit http://www.yourcommunityfirst.org, click on the Donate Now button in the upper right-hand corner of the page, then click on Small Business Relief Fund, and then complete the donation.

Donate by Check: Make payable to Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama – Memo: Small Business Relief Fund and mail to: 
Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama, 1130 Quintard Avenue Suite 100, Anniston, AL 36201
The Small Business Relief Fund is a collaboration between the Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama and the Calhoun County Area Chamber & Visitors Center.  All contributions are tax deductible.

Eligibility Criteria

Grant applicants must be authorized representatives of small businesses with 2 – 25 full-time equivalent employees, with their principal place of business in Calhoun County. Grant applicants must have experienced severe revenue loss and business distress due to COVID-19.

The Small Business Relief Fund will provide support in the following categories in order to aid in continued safe operation during the immediate pandemic health crisis (COVID-19) and near-term response:
● Unexpected business expenses incurred as a result of COVID-19
● Cleaning and sanitation supplies
● Urgently needed equipment repair/replacement
● Necessary payroll expenses
● Supplies that support business activity adjustments during the COVID-19 response period

Application Process

Businesses that meet the above eligibility criteria are invited to submit an application for funding to the COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund. One application per business. All applications will be considered confidential.
This is a competitive process with applications being accepted beginning May 1, 2020. All applications must be received by 5:00 PM CST on May 15, 2020. The application is available online here. Click on Grants, and click on Small Business Relief Fund.

Disclosures

-An advisory committee appointed by the Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama will review all applications.
-Submission of an application is no assurance that the grant will be awarded, in whole or in part.
-Receipt of funds under this grant program, if and as awarded, may impact the ability to apply for or the amount of other funding offered or awarded by other entities. The applicant assumes all such risks.
-Applicants should not seek grant funding for an item or expense for which they plan to seek support from another source, e.g., SBA funding resources like the PPP or EIDL programs.