Small Business Economic Relief Program
What is the Brevard County Small Business Economic Relief Program?
The Brevard County Small Business Economic Relief Program was approved by the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners to assist small businesses and nonprofit organizations that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency with a grant up to $10,000 for recovery and stabilization of business operations.
Where did this funding come from?
These funds came from the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) approved by Congress and signed into law by the President on March 27, 2020. A portion of which went to local governments to meet urgent financial needs of governmental agencies, businesses and individuals within our community.
How long is the application review process for a small business or nonprofit agency?
Subject to funding availability, businesses or nonprofits can expect to receive grant funds after the due diligence phase has been completed and eligibility has been determined. We estimate that the application review process will take approximately 4 to 6 weeks to complete.
When does the application process begin?
Applications will be accepted online beginning July 27 and extending through August 10, 2020.
What are the criteria for eligibility?
- A Small business or nonprofit organization designated under Title 26, U.S.C., Sections 501(c)(3), 501(c)(6), 501(c)(19) must be physically located in Brevard County and have been legally operating within Brevard County as of January 1, 2020, and must
be continuing to operate or planning to continue normal business operations after emergency guidelines are lifted.
- Applicants must have had 50 or fewer employees as of January 1, 2020.
- Applicants must have been negatively impacted financially by the COVID-19 public health emergency.
- Small business applicants must have either a 2020 or 2021 Brevard County Business Tax Receipt.
- Nonprofit applicants must have a designation under Title 26, U.S.C. Sections 501(c) (3), 501(c) (6) or 501(c)(19) under the U.S. Internal Revenue Code (IRS).
- Applicants must be enrolled in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s E-Verify program to confirm the employment eligibility of employees. For information about the E-Verify program go to www.e-verify.gov
- Applicant’s revenue losses or expenses utilized to establish program eligibility and grant amount must not have been reimbursed through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), Small Business Administration (SBA) Debt Relief Program or other similar federal and state programs. However, if the Applicant did receive assistance under any of these programs, but can establish separate losses or expenses that were not reimbursed under the above programs, the applicant can submit its application for those separate unreimbursed expenses or losses.
What documents are required to be submitted with my application?
- Documentation that the small business or nonprofit organization was operating as of January 1, 2020. Examples could include, but are not limited to business utilities statements, vendor invoices, payroll disbursements, or evidence of a lease
payment, mortgage payment, insurance payment, etc.
- A small business must provide a copy of the current 2020 or 2021 Brevard County Business Tax Receipt; or
- A nonprofit organization must provide a determine/designation letter from the IRS confirming designation under Title 26, U.S.C. Sections 501(c) (3), 501(c) (6) or 501(c)(19) under the the U.S. Internal Revenue Code of the qualifying nonprofit designation;
or other documentation demonstrating your organization has achieved an eligible designation under Title 26, U.S.C. Sections 501(c)(3), 501(c)(6), or 501(c)(19) by the IRS.
- Documentation that the small business or nonprofit organization has enrolled in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s E-Verify program. An Applicant may access information about this program at the following website: www.e-verify.gov
- A completed and signed IRS W-9 form. The mailing address must match your business or nonprofit organization registration. If information provided on the IRS W-9 does not match the information in the U.S. Internal Revenue Service’s
database, a delay may occur in processing your application. A fillable Form W-9 may be found at https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw9.pdf
- For small businesses or nonprofit organizations with two or more employees, a copy of any of the following Internal Revenue Forms: last IRS filing W-3 summary, Form 941, or Form 1096 showing the number of employees or contract employees as of January
- A sole proprietor will need to complete and attach a Sole Proprietor Certification. A link will be provided on the Application.
- Documentation establishing lost revenues or expenses, which the small business or nonprofit organization claims are due to COVID-19 public health emergency.
- Documentation establishing that your small business or nonprofit organization continued to pay wages, business utilities, inventory costs, commercial lease or commercial mortgage payments during the State’s executive orders due to the COVID-19
public health emergency.
- Documentation of expenses incurred to meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC ) guidelines or State executive orders.
How do I apply for the Small Business Economic Relief Program?
Brevard County small businesses and nonprofits can apply for the Small Business Economic Relief grant by completing an online application. The online application will be available on July 27, 2020. You will need to establish a password, one that is unique to the applicant and must include the following: at least 8 characters, a number, and a special character such as an !, @, #. If you forget your user name, you can always reset. The software web browser prefers Google Chrome. There is a 60-minute timeout in the software, which means if you have not been actively working in the software for longer than 60 minutes you will need to log back in again.
Apply online at the portal https://portal.neighborlysoftware.com/BREVARDCOUNTYFL/Participant
Am I able to save and come back to complete the online application?
Yes, you may save your online application at any time during the application submittal process.
May I edit my application after I submit my application?
No. Applications may not be edited after the application has been submitted.
How will I know if my application has been successfully submitted?
After you submit your application, you will receive a confirmation on the screen and will receive a confirmation email, at the same email address used to submit application, with a unique number.
What if I don’t receive a confirmation email?
Please check your spam or junk mail folders in your email address used to submit your application. If you would like to confirm that the County received your application, you may call 321-350-9194 between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm.
How much money will I receive?
A small business or nonprofit organization may be eligible for a grant not-to-exceed $10,000 based on the impact the COVID-19 public health emergency had on operations. Grant amounts will be prorated for all eligible grantees based on funding availability.
Will I need to repay the grant?
No. This is a grant program and not a loan. Therefore, the funds do not need to be paid back unless a Federal Audit determines that the grant was not awarded in accordance with U.S. Department of the Treasury requirements for CARES Act funds.
What is the approval process?
A multiple person review process will be used to evaluate each application for eligibility based on the information provided in the application along with the documents submitted.
If my application is denied, can I reapply?
If your application is not approved and your business meets the eligibility criteria, it is most likely your application was not complete and you will be notified what information is required to complete the application.
How will grant eligibility be determined?
The County will consider a small business’ or nonprofit organization’s unreimbursed revenue losses, expenses, restart-up expenses and the additional expenses incurred due to compliance with CDC guidance or state executive orders.
If I have questions regarding the County’s Small Business Economic Relief Program?
Please call the County’s Public Information Office at 321-350-9194 between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday.
Are there additional local resources available to small business in Brevard County?
Two local resource partners in Brevard County provide small businesses with free services including coaching and assistance navigating funding programs. You may reach these partners at weVENTURE, Bisk College of Business at Florida Tech at https://weventure.fit.edu and Florida Small Business Development Center (SBCD) at Eastern Florida State College at https://easternflorida.edu/academics/workforcetrainingandcertifications/sbdc