Small businesses and nonprofits experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be able to get some relief, thanks to a Maricopa County grant program that opens this week.
The Maricopa County Small Business Relief Program has $23 million in federal CARES Act funding to award up to $10,000 to qualifying small businesses and nonprofits as reimbursement for revenues lost in March and April, according to a county release.
“We know a lot of businesses would be going strong if not for the pandemic,” county Board of Supervisors Chairman Clint Hickman of District 4 stated. “What we have seen is unprecedented. The board hopes this money can keep businesses and non-profits afloat, so they can keep people working and money flowing in the local economy.”
The county partnered with the Arizona Community Foundation to administer the program. Grants will be provided on a rolling, first-come, first-served basis until funding is exhausted or the grant period closes, the release stated.
Applications will be accepted from Thursday, July 9 through Friday, July 31. Applicants will need to meet pre-qualification guidelines, answer a series of questions about their business or nonprofit and provide requested documentation, the release stated.
Businesses and nonprofits in cities across the county are eligible, with the exception of Phoenix and Mesa, since those cities also received significant CARES Act money and are operating similar programs.
To qualify, the applicant:
Businesses excluded from the program include:
For information about the Small Business Relief Program, including application materials and requirements, visit azfoundation.org/MaricopaRelief.
Questions can also be emailed to MaricopaRelief@azfoundation.org.