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Hanover Small Business Resiliency Grant

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The Hanover Small Business Resiliency Grant program (the Program) funds have been made available by the Hanover County Board of Supervisors from the County’s Coronavirus Relief Funds under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Administration of the Program will be coordinated by representatives of various departments within Hanover County government as well as the Hanover County Economic Development Authority. The Program provides a one-time, emergency grant to eligible, for-profit small businesses in Hanover County to assist with unplanned costs incurred as a direct result of business interruptions and mandated business closures due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). There are a limited amount of funds available for the Program; therefore, eligible businesses will be selected, at random, until the total amount of funds are distributed. Applications submitted without all required documentation will be deemed incomplete and, therefore, ineligible for consideration.

Application period (Round 2):  Open August 27, 2020 through 11:59 P.M. September 14, 2020

Amount: The maximum grant amount under this program is $7,500 per business establishment.

The application period is closed.

ELIGIBILITY

SMALL BUSINESS ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible to participate in the Program, a business entity must:

  1. Have been operating continuously since June 1, 2019 and have at least one (1) full-time equivalent positions (FTEs) and no more than fifty (50) FTEs. Part-time employees may count towards the total and may be calculated as 20 hours per week = 0.5 FTEs;
  2. Have a physical location within the County of Hanover. If a business operates multiple locations, the address of the principal office of the business must be located within Hanover County; and
  3. Be a for-profit entity. All entities must be able to provide documentation to show proof of the business’ status.

INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR/SOLE PROPRIETOR ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible to participate in the Program, an independent contractor/sole proprietor must:

  1. Live in Hanover County and operate a business as a sole proprietorship;
  2. Pay self-employment taxes; and
  3. Not currently be receiving unemployment benefits

 ALL SMALL BUSINESS AND INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS/SOLE PROPRIETORS MUST ALSO:

  1. Be located within the jurisdictional boundaries of Hanover County, Virginia.
    *Businesses located within the jurisdictional boundaries of the Town of Ashland and independent contractors/sole proprietors whose place of business is within the Town of Ashland are ineligible for the Program; however, they may be eligible for the business relief grant program operated by the Town of Ashland.
  2. Not promote, sell, or advertise any products, ideas, or services that fail to comply with all applicable laws, acts, regulations, rules and ordinances;
  3. Be current on the payment of all local taxes and licenses;
  4. Be registered and in compliance with the Hanover County Commissioner of the Revenue’s office. Contractors, electric contractors, plumbers and steamfitters must also have a current Hanover County Business License.
  5. Have been in continuous operation since June 1, 2019;
  6. Not be seeking reimbursement for expenses that were already funded by other federal dollars/federal programs or other publicly-funded programs;
  7. Not be owned (in whole or in part) by any individuals who are an employee of Hanover County or the Hanover County Economic Development Authority, nor any family members or household members of same; and
  8. Not at any point since June 1, 2019 employed: (i) any individuals who are or were an employee of Hanover County or the Hanover County Economic Development Authority; or (ii), any family or household members or household members of the same (collectively, the “Eligibility Requirements”).

*For purposes of this Grant Program, the term “family members” is defined as any spouse, partner, parent, legal guardian, child, sibling, grandparent, grandchild, or in-law.

INELIGIBLE BUSINESSES

The following entities are NOT eligible for the Program:

  • Charitable, religious, or other non-profit organizations
  • Nationally known franchise or chain businesses; however, a locally-owned franchise that can meet all other eligibility requirements may participate in the Program for a single establishment located in Hanover County (but not within the Town of Ashland);
  • Independent contractors operating multilevel or network marketing businesses (such as Avon, Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, etc.)
  • Independent contractors working on “gig” platforms (such as Airbnb, Fiverr, Uber, Lyft, Instacart, etc.)
  • Businesses engaged in speculation or investment in rental real estate
  • Any other business determined to be ineligible under SBA guidelines, here: https://www.sba.gov/partners/lenders/7a-loan-program/terms-conditions-eligibility#section-header-19

ELIGIBLE EXPENSES

This is a reimbursement grant program. Businesses must submit with their application with  proof of expenses incurred and proof of payment of those expenses. Expenses eligible under this program must have been incurred by the business between March 1, 2020 and September 14, 2020, and were incurred as a result of business interruption caused by required closures and/or decreased operations from the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible expenses include:

  • Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), sanitation supplies for the business and its employees, and/or expanded cleaning services for the business
  • Business equipment related to COVID-19 pandemic (such as sneeze guards, social distance floor stickers, etc.)
  • Technological improvements (such as e-commerce platforms and point of sale software) and technological equipment (such as tablets for processing touch-free orders)
  • Supplies related to change in operations (i.e. takeout/carryout containers for restaurants)
  • Other business expenses directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic

TO APPLY

Businesses can access the application online at www.HanoverVirginia.com. Applications may be emailed to Jessica Hartness, Existing Business and Project Manager, at jrhartness@hanovervirginia.com or delivered as paper copies to the Hanover County Economic Development office at 8200 Center Path Lane, Suite E, Mechanicsville, VA, 23116.

After the application period closes on September 14, applications will be selected at random until all funding is distributed.

Upon approval of grant funding, funds will be paid by the Hanover County Economic Development Authority in the form of a check and mailed directly to the business address provided in the application and completed W-9. 

REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION

  1. Impact Statement of negative effect from Executive Order 53 and COVID-19 on applicant business
  2. Verification letter from the Commissioner of the Revenue’s office confirming registration and compliance in Hanover County
  3. Copy/Verification of Hanover County business license (*Only applicable to contractors, electric contractors, plumbers and steam fitters)
  4. Completed and signed W-9 form
  5. Financial documentation of expenses incurred and paid for by the applicant or proposed expenses as a result of the State of Emergency declared by the Governor of Virginia and the Hanover County Board of Supervisors, such as receipts/invoices/bank statements for expenses and proof of payment.