Application for Business Relief Grant

The Montgomery Small Business Relief Grant for COVID-19 Emergency Relief (the "Grant”) will provide grants of up to $5,000 for businesses within Montgomery to assist businesses to prevent and respond to the coronavirus. Funds in the amount of $100,000 have been committed to the grant program.  For questions and/or help filling out the application, email [email protected] or contact City Hall at 513-891-2424.

Process

  1. Application: A business that is interested in participating in the program must complete the application.If awarded, grant funds can be used to reimburse Eligible Expenses incurred from March 15, 2020 through May 1, 2021 or be spent on Eligible Expenses by August 1, 2021.  Approved businesses must submit a close-out report that includes source documentation of paid Eligible Expenses (paid invoice and proof of payment). Applications will be accepted starting on Monday, June 7 at 8:00 a.m. with a deadline for submission of Friday, June 11 by 4:00 p.m.  The first 20 eligible applicants will receive grant funds.
  2. Documentation Review: A team consisting of City of Montgomery staff will review and verify the documents.  If the submitted information and documents do not demonstrate that the business has met the eligibility criteria, the next business will be contacted.
  3. Payment: Once approved for a grant, a business must sign the grant agreement and provide its bank routing number for grant fund payment.
  4. Grant recipients may be asked for a photo and quote about what the grant means to their business for inclusion in the Montgomery Bulletin, the City’s website and/or social media.

Eligibility

To be eligible, a business must meet all the following criteria as of June 1, 2021:

  • Must be a for-profit entity with a business location in the City of Montgomery.
  • Must have a Federal Tax Identification.
  • Have experienced a decrease in gross revenue/receipts/deposits of 35% or more due to COVID-19.
  • All applicants must certify that they have created or retained at least 1 low/moderate income job per Hamilton County Community Development Job Retention Form.
  • All applicants must sign a Duplication of Benefits Affidavit
  • Must be in compliance with all Federal, State and Local requirements applicable to its type of business.
  • Must be current with all Federal, State, County and Local taxes and fees taking into consideration any extended due dates due to COVID-19.
  • Funds must be used to reimburse Eligible Expenses incurred from March 15, 2020 through May 1, 2021 or be spent on Eligible Expenses by August 1, 2021.

Ineligible Businesses

  • Adult Entertainment
  • Bank, savings and loan, credit union
  • E-commerce only
  • Liquor/wine store
  • Vaping store
  • Cannabis dispensary
  • Independent contractors working on gig platforms (i.e. Uber, Lyft, Airbnb, Instacart, etc.)

Eligible Expenses

  • Payroll
  • Rent or lease (not eligible for businesses that operate out of a personal residence)
  • Utilities (not eligible for businesses that operate out of a personal residence)
  • Materials and supplies related to interruption of business caused by related closures
  • Personal Protective Equipment or other COVID-19 expenses related to compliance with Responsible Restart Ohio
  • Mortgage (Not eligible for businesses that operate out of a personal residence)
  • Expenses associated with employee salaries and benefits (Specify employee position and detailed applicable expenses)

Ineligible Expenses (Note: This is not an exhaustive list of ineligible expenses)

  • Cost of vehicle or equipment leased or purchased after March 23, 2020, except if the purchase of equipment is to comply with Responsible RestartOhio
  • Personal, non-business expenses of the business or its owner
  • Construction costs, except if costs were to comply with Responsible RestartOhio
  • Any tax, license, or fee obligations payable to any governmental entity
  • Expenses related to marketing and advertising

Notice

If your business is selected, you will need to provide the following documentation and other documentation as required:

  • Have been operational since January 2020. This can be evidenced, at a minimum, by a) filing(s) with the Ohio Secretary of State, such as articles of incorporation or other registration documents along with an Ohio Secretary of State Certificate of Good Standing; b) an Ohio vendor’s license; c) Federal Schedule C – Profit or Loss from Business (Sole Proprietorship); or any other documents that demonstrate that the business has been in operation as a for-profit since January 2020;
  • Must have experienced a decrease in gross revenue/receipts/deposits of 35% or more due to COVID-19 or expenses of more than $5,000 due to COVID-19. This can be evidenced by financial information/records, including, bank statements, receipts and bills;
  • Business location in Montgomery, Ohio and the grant funding will be used for expenses for that business. This can be evidenced by records, such as mortgage statement, utility bill, insurance premium statement and property tax bills.
  • Completed Hamilton County Community Development Job Retention Form documenting at least one low to moderate income job was retained.
  • Completed Hamilton County Duplications of Benefits Affidavit Form.
  • Completed W-9.

Application Form

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