COVID-19 SMALL BUSINESS RELIEF FUND

Calhoun County Area Chamber & Visitors Center
Begins Round 2 of COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund

With the conclusion of Round 1 of the Small Business Relief Fund review process, 31 grants will be awarded to small businesses in Calhoun County, totaling in the amount of $120,000. With the demand and need of our community being so great, and thanks to the many generous donations we have received, we are now able to implement Round 2 of the Small Business Relief Fund review process to aid our small businesses even more. For updated Round 2 guidelines, please visit the Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama’s Grants page.

Eligibility Criteria
Grant applicants must be authorized representatives of small businesses with 25 or fewer 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 June 1, 2020. All applications must be received by 5:00 PM on June 10, 2020. The application is available online at http://www.yourcommunityfirst.org, 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.