Sanford begins accepting applications for small business grants

Pre-applications being accepted through June 18

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SANFORD, Fla. – The city of Sanford opened its pre-application process for its Small Business Relief Grant Program Thursday.

City officials said in a news release that small businesses adversely impacted by COVID-19 may apply for this one-time grant to help subsidize significant revenue loss.

The city will close the application window on June 18 at 5 p.m.

City officials said pre-applications will be reviewed by staff as they are received. Eligible businesses will be notified via email with application next steps within five business days of receipt of the pre-application, according to a news release.

July 2 at 5 p.m. is the deadline for all applicants to provide supporting documentation to the city.

Officials said applicants will be notified of grant approval status via email by July 16 with funds estimated to be available by mid-month.

“Business owners should visit the city website for the pre-application, further details related to criteria, required documentation, and the application process,” officials said in a news release.

The city of Sanford provided the following overview of the available grants:

  • A maximum of $15,000 may be granted to qualifying small businesses with a physical location within the city limits of Sanford.
  • Businesses with one to 25 low-to-moderate income employees as designated by the Federal Housing Administration FY 2020 Income Limits are eligible.
  • Primary business sectors include restaurants, bars, retail, personal services (salons, child/elderly care, laundry/cleaning services, pet care), repair and maintenance services, fitness centers, professional services, contractors and event services.
  • Home-based businesses are eligible.
  • Grants may be used to offset commercial rent or mortgage payments, utilities, payroll, employee support or retention programs, or investment in Personal Protection Equipment (PPE).

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