COVID Relief Funds Available to Morrow County Businesses

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WITH $500,000 IN COVID-RELIEF GRANTS AVAILABLE TO MORROW COUNTY BUSINESSES, DEVELOPMENT OFFICE AND MORROW COUNTY CHAMBER TO JOINTLY OFFER APPLICATION WEBINAR NOVEMBER 11 AT 3 PM

MT. GILEAD, OH – At least 50 Morrow County businesses can secure $10,000 each in COVID-19 business relief grants through the Ohio Development Services Agency. All of Ohio’s 88 counties are being allotted a minimum of 50 grants through the Ohio Development Services Agency on a first-come, first-serve basis, until November 22, 2020. After that date, any unclaimed grant allocations would become available on a statewide basis. To assist businesses with their applications, the Morrow County Development Office and the Morrow County Chamber of Commerce will jointly hold an informational webinar on November 11 at 3 p.m. 

The Small Business Relief Grant provides a total of $125 million statewide to for-profit businesses employing no more than 25 total or full-time equivalent employees as of January 1, 2020. Such businesses must have a physical location in Ohio and earn at least 90% of their revenue from activities based here.

In addition to the Small Business Relief Grant, the State of Ohio has created the Bar and Restaurant Assistance Fund that will provide liquor permit holders, including bars, restaurants, distilleries, wineries and private clubs $2,500 in support of COVID-19 expenses.

Background on both grant programs can be found at BusinessHelp.Ohio.Gov  

Local businesses with application questions are encouraged to attend the Morrow County COVID Business Grant Webinar on November 11, 2020 at 3 p.m. as per below:

Link to recorded meeting:
[forthcoming, thanks for your patience. We had an informative webinar. Thanks, Andy!]

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Media Contact
Andy Ware – (419) 989-3978
Andy.Ware@co.morrow.oh.us

Recorded Meeting:

Updates:

Answers to some of the questions that were raised on the call:

1) One business owner believes they could only document about half of the $10,000 grant amount. Would they be eligible for the grant and how would the undocumented $6,000 be treated? 

Applicants do not have to prove they incurred $10,000 in costs. We are confirming the business is still operating by asking them to provide proof of any business cost incurred in the last 60 days.

 

2) How much detail must be provided documenting impacts from COVID? Is a percent impact needed to be claimed?  

Applicants do not have to prove they incurred $10,000 in costs. We are confirming the business is still operating by asking them to provide proof of any business cost incurred in the last 60 days.

Businesses must provide ONLY one of the following documents to prove business costs incurred:

  • Payroll records for any period in the last 60 days prior to the application;
  • Utility bills charged to the business named in the application for any period in the last 60 days prior to the application;
  • Rent or mortgage payments for business premises (only payments for non-residential properties will be accepted) charged to the business named in the application for any period in the last 60 days prior to the application;
  • Supplies or equipment purchased by, leased, financed or charged to the business named in the application in the last 60 days prior to the application;

 

3) If a business has a business address in Delaware but works out of a facility in Morrow County what address should they use?

They should use the address for the company’s base of operations or headquarters.

 

4) Morrow Lanes has two business owners and neither receive a W2. Can they apply? Also, if they don’t have a liquor license can they be considered as a restaurant for the $2,500 grant?

To be eligible for the Small Business Relief Grant funding, the business must have at least 1 but no more than 25 W2 employees as of 1/1/20. To be eligible for the Bar and Restaurant Assistance Fund, the business must hold one of the permits listed on the fact sheet.

 

5) If someone started the year with 29 employees but they now only have 19 due to COVID layoffs, would they be eligible for the small business relief grant?

Applicants can qualify for the grant by EITHER proving that they had between 1 and 25 W2s employees using a headcount as of 1/1/20, or proving that they had between 1 and 25 W2 employees in calendar year 2019 using an FTE calculation (total hours paid in 2019/2,080).

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