Safety First Small Business Grant Program

ROUND 3 OF THE RECOVER MANATEE - SAFETY FIRST SMALL BUSINESS GRANT IS NOW CLOSED

Round 3 of the Recover Manatee Safety First Small Business Grant Application is NOW CLOSED.

Program Information

The Manatee County’s Safety First Small Business Grant Round 3 is solely funded by Manatee County’s allocation from the state’s CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF). The purpose of the grant is to provide economic relief to Manatee-based (headquartered) businesses under the auspices of the federal program. As such, the grant abides by the primary governing principles of the CARES Act, as well as the attendant guidance(s) issued by the US Treasury Department. Round 3’s overarching goal is “to allow Manatee County businesses to 1) re-open and operate safely, and 2) recover from the losses brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

  • If you received a grant award for Round 1 and/or you received the $5,000 Open Safe Base grant award from Round 2 your business may request another $5,000 within Round 3. Manatee County encourages safety first as an ongoing priority for the benefit of the local economy.
  • Additional assistance in an amount up to $45,000 as reimbursement for documented business loss that occurred after April 1, 2020 is available to any business that did not get awarded in Round 2.
  • If you received funding from Round 1 only, you may apply for $5,000 base grant AND up to $45,000 reimbursement of business loss.
  • If you received funding from Round 1 and Round 2, you may apply for $5,000 base grant.
  • If you have not received any prior funding, you may apply for $5,000 base grant AND up to $45,000 reimbursement of business loss.

For companies with multiple locations, no more than 2 locations may be approved; total of all rounds. Each location will need its own separate and distinct application.

WHAT BUSINESSES ARE ELIGIBLE?

As it was for Round 2, Round 3 will be open to all industry sectors that are an active, private for-profit business; have documented losses due to COVID-19; be located in Manatee County; and have 500 employees or less. Again, in this round, home-based and mobile businesses as well as those that have received EIDL and/or PPP are eligible.

WHAT ARE THE TWO LEVELS OF GRANT FUNDING?

Round 3 will have two funding levels with a not to exceed $50,000 maximum grant:

The first $5,000 is to be used to help the business re-open and remain open safely. These grants will support continuity of business operations by ensuring businesses can reopen and ensure the safety of their employees and customers by adhering to CDC recommended guidelines.

An additional amount up to $45,000 may be applied for in order to reimburse documented businesses losses incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID–19).

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

Businesses that meet the following criteria are eligible to apply: 

  • Has recorded losses related to the Governor’s Safer at Home Order
  • 500 employees or less (documented using IRS Form 941 or 943 or 944 [NOT 940], or Partnership Return, or Sole Proprietor Statement,  or Florida State RT-6, or a valid signed letter from your Professional Employment Organization ~ A valid letter is signed and dated, 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. Written in standard business English and Spanish are accepted.)
  • Located in Manatee County (all municipalities are included)
  • Be an active, private, for profit business and provide proof of business operations
  • Proof of Active Business Status within Manatee County (IRS Forms 941, W3, or 1120, 1065, 1040, Florida Business registration, Professional license or accreditation, Sunbiz documents)

WHAT DOCUMENTATION WILL I BE ASKED TO PROVIDE?

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

  • Documentation of 500 employees or less (IRS Form 941, or IRS Form 944, or IRS Form 943 [NOT 940], or Partnership Return, or IRS 1040C, Sole Proprietor Statement, , or Florida State RT-6, or a valid signed letter from your Professional Employment Organization. A valid letter is signed and dated, 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. Written in standard business English and Spanish are accepted.
  • Proof of Active Business Status within Manatee County (IRS Forms 941, W3, or 1120, 1065, 1040, Florida Business registration, Professional license or accreditation, Sunbiz documents)
  • Valid Government-issued Photo ID of Business Owner/Authorized Applicant
    Choice of one, no substitution:
    i. Driver’s License
    ii. State ID
    iii. U.S. Passport
    iv. Current Military ID with photo
    v. Alien card with photo
  • Completed IRS Form W9 (October 2018 version)
    Provide a completed IRS Form W9 using the October 2018 version (note that W9 Line 1 and 2 must be the same as Section B.2 and B.3 of this grant application).

 

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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