Safety First Small Business Grant Program

ROUND 4 OF THE RECOVER MANATEE - SAFETY FIRST SMALL BUSINESS GRANT PROGRAM WILL BE OPENING SOON

Please review Round 4 eligibility requirements to better prepare for the grant application. Continue to monitor the Recover Manatee webpage for updates.

Program Guidelines

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY THE FOLLOWING GUIDELINES:

The Safety First Small Business Grant program is available to businesses that meet the requirements of the Recover Manatee Safety First Small Business Grant Program – ROUND 4 to allow Manatee County businesses to re-open and operate safely from the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

As it was with Round 3, Round 4 will be open to Manatee County headquartered businesses that are an active, private for-profit business; operating and headquartered in Manatee County; and have 500 employees or less. In this round, home-based and mobile businesses as well as those that have received EIDL and/or PPP continue to be eligible.

Round 4 will have one funding level: $5,000 Open Safe Base Grant.

This $5,000 grant is for safe operations (consistent with Round 1, 2, and 3: Re-opening sanitation and safety supplies, including personal protective equipment (PPE); Signage; Marketing; Outdoor seating; Inventory and materials; Equipment and supplies; and Software).

There is NO business loss reimbursement within this round.

Any person, individual, business, company, entity, or any legal person that received direct or indirect prior funding in Round(s) 1, 2, or 3 are disqualified from applying to this round and are ineligible to receive any funding. In other words, this round is only open to Manatee County businesses that have not had the opportunity to receive Safety First Small Business Grant funding. Prior awardees are strongly dissuaded from applying, if you do, you (the person, individual, business owner, business entity, corporate entity, firm, legal person) may be subject to permanent disqualification from any and all future Manatee County grants.

Please carefully read these additional considerations:

Specific documents are required within this application with no substitutions allowed. Applicants may have an opportunity to correct their application content when requested by a grant reviewer. If the additional information requested is not furnished in a complete or timely manner the application will be denied.

Note that information and documentation submitted in this grant application will become Public Record and subject to Florida Sunshine and Public Records Law. Once you submit a document you must not delete that document from your case, doing so will be in violation of Chapter 119 of Florida Statute. 

WHAT BUSINESSES ARE ELIGIBLE?

Businesses that meet the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  • 500 or less employees.

  • Operating and headquartered in Manatee County (all municipalities are included).

  • Must have been operating and headquartered in Manatee County on or before March 1, 2020 and continue to be operating and headquartered in Manatee County.

  • Be an active, private, for profit business and provide proof of business operations

  • Have not received funding through the Recover Manatee grant program in any previous rounds

WHAT IS THE LEVEL OF GRANT FUNDING?

Round 4 will only have one funding level: $5,000 base grant:

This $5,000 base grant is for safe operations (consistent with Rounds 1, 2, and 3): Re-opening sanitation and safety supplies, including personal protective equipment (PPE); Signage; Marketing; Outdoor seating; Inventory and materials; Equipment and supplies; and Software).

There is NO loss reimbursement within this round.

Any person, individual, business, company, entity, or any legal person that received direct or indirect prior funding in Round 1, 2, or 3 are disqualified from applying to this round and are ineligible to receive any funding. In other words, this round is only open to Manatee County businesses that have not had the opportunity to receive Safety First Small Business Grant funding. Prior awardees are strongly dissuaded from applying, if you do, you (the person, individual, business owner, business entity, corporate entity, firm, legal person) may be subject to permanent disqualification from any and all future Manatee County grants.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO BE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THE GRANT?

  • 500 or less employees.

  • Operating and headquartered in Manatee County (all municipalities are included).

  • Must have been operating and headquartered in Manatee County on or before March 1, 2020 and continue to be operating and headquartered in Manatee County.

  • Be an active, private, for profit business and provide proof of business operations

  • Have not received funding through the Recover Manatee grant program in any previous rounds

WHAT DOCUMENTATION WILL I BE ASKED TO PROVIDE?

During the application process, you will be required to upload the following to the online portal: 

  1. Documentation of 500 employees or less:

    • IRS 941, or

    • IRS 944, or

    • IRS 943 [NOT 940], or

    • Partnership Return (1065 or Schedule K-1), or

    • IRS 1040 Schedule C, or

    • Sole Proprietor Statement, or

    • Florida State RT-6, or

    • A valid signed letter from your Professional Employment Organization (PEO). A valid letter is signed and dated – by your PEO – in company letterhead, addressed to Manatee County referencing the Safety First Grant Program and MUST state “the company or business has 500 or less employees”.

  2. Proof of active business status in Manatee County. The business must have been operating and headquartered in Manatee County on or before March 1, 2020 and has been consistently (no gaps in date) operating and headquartered from within Manatee County up to the date of the application, and continues to be operating and headquartered in Manatee County up to the review dates and audit dates. You may provide at least one document below or a combination of the documents to meet this requirement:

    • IRS 941, or

    • IRS 1120 or 1120-S, or

    • IRS 1065, or

    • IRS 1040 Schedule C, or

    • Florida Business Registration, or

    • Florida Professional License or Accreditation, or

    • Sunbiz documents, or

    • Valid, executed, and notarized commercial lease document, or

    • Valid, executed, and notarized business mortgage document

  3. Valid photo ID of business owner/authorized applicant (only one is needed – no substitutions)

    • Driver’s License

    • State ID

    • U.S. Passport

    • Current Military ID with photo

    • Alien card with photo

  4. Complete and Valid IRS W9 Form (Oct. 2018); this form must be filled out in cooperation with your banker, bookkeeper, CPA, lawyer, small business counselor, financial advisor, and the like.

You will be required to provide the Parcel ID for your business. Search the address on our Resident Information Tool and the parcel ID number will be listed in the first box under the address.

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