Are there limits on how the grant can be used?

Blaine’s small business grant program provides funding to assist small businesses facing financial hardship and/or business interruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic with financial assistance for necessary expenditures. Eligible expenses include:  

  • Commercial lease or mortgage payments (not mortgage prepayments or property taxes) for business properties.
  • Accounts payable (AP) if the AP is a COVID-19 related expense incurred since March 1, 2020.
  • Payroll, unless the business received Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds or pandemic unemployment insurance (UI) to cover the same period payroll expenses.
  • Reopening costs or safety improvement costs expended since March 1, 2020 (i.e. outdoor seating, plexiglass, cleaning products, re-staffing costs, etc.).
  • Non-government operating utilities or fees for those facilities interrupted or forced to shut down incurred after March 1, 2020.
  • Costs associated with screening employees for COVID-19 upon business reopening.

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1. How is the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) being funded?
2. What types of business are eligible to apply for the City of Blaine’s small business grant program?
3. What types of business are ineligible to apply for the City of Blaine’s small business grant program?
4. My small business employs one or more individuals on a part-time or seasonal basis. Are we eligible to apply?
5. My small business does not have a physical location in the City of Blaine, but the majority of the clients/customers Blaine residents. Can we apply?
6. My small business only operates on a seasonal basis, not year-round. Are we eligible to apply?
7. How many employees must I employ to be eligible to apply?
8. Are daycare providers, either for profit or nonprofit, able to apply?
9. My business is a nonprofit. Are we eligible to apply?
10. How do I determine the number of full-time equivalent employees my business must employ to determine grant eligibility and award amount?
11. I own multiple business locations and my IRS 941 will show more than 50 employees. Can I apply for this grant?
12. Are there limits on how the grant can be used?
13. Can I apply for more than the $10,000 award ceiling?
14. What types of expenses are ineligible for this grant program?
15. Will this grant be considered taxable income?
16. How will awardees be selected to receive funding?