Small Business PPE Grant

Potential Maximum Grant: Up to $2,000

Grant Application Period: (Approx. 4 weeks) October 12-November 9th

Grant Overview

  • Individual business grants to pay for business Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) expenses. Applicants may submit for a grant amount of up to $2,000.
  • Eligible grantees may be awarded funds in multiple disbursement rounds with an initial funding target of up to $1,000. The maximum amount of funding disbursed with any grant will be dependent on preference/prioritization, the number of applicants, and the total availability of funds, until such funds are exhausted.
  • For business-related costs for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and sanitization supplies related to COVID-19 that directly impacted applicant business’s employees and customers when such cost was not otherwise allocated, sold, or charged to the customer.
  • Examples include but are not limited to:
    • Personal Protection Equipment– Masks, Face Shields, Gowns, booties, and Tyvek suits.
    • Disinfectants and Sanitation Equipment and Supplies– Hand Sanitizer Gel, New Hand Sanitization Stations, and Disinfecting Wipes.
    • Contracted Sterilization and Cleaning- Microbial Cleaning/Sterilization through a third-party contractor.
    • Wellness Monitoring Temperature Checking Devices, Employee COVID Testing paid for by the business,

Social Distancing Mitigation Efforts- floor stickers, posted signage, and Tensabarriers for crowd or customer queuing.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a registered business (possessing a business tax receipt) in Okaloosa County, physically located and doing business in Okaloosa County. Medical and dental facilities are ineligible to apply.
  • Must demonstrate the expenses through documentation of receipts/invoices. Documentation must show that the expense(s):
    • Was COVID related.
    • Met or exceeded $250.
    • Was for an amount equal to or greater than the amount requested.
  • Must employ 249 employees or less,
  • Must be a for-profit business with a principal address in Okaloosa County (as reported to the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations, i.e. “Sunbiz,” or other suitable documentation if not required to be registered with the State of Florida) and show proof of operations as of March 1, 2020, and operational as of date of grant application.
  • Cannot be publicly traded, or a component of a publicly traded entity.
  • Must have valid Okaloosa County business tax receipt.
  • Must be current on all Okaloosa County taxes.
  • Must have no current unpaid code enforcement liens or pending charged violations of federal, state, or local laws/ordinances.
  • Must have been impacted or currently impacted by full or partial closure (whether voluntary or due to government order/guidance) or reduction of hours of operation.
  • Within the last five (5) years, no individual owning 20% or more of the equity of the business has been convicted, pled guilty, or pled nolo contendere to any felony involving fraud, bribery, embezzlement, or a false statement in a loan application or an application for federal financial assistance.
  • Neither the business nor any individual owning 20% or more of the equity of the business is presently suspended, debarred, proposed for debarment, declared ineligible, involuntarily excluded from participation in any Federal program, or presently involved in any bankruptcy.
  • Must disclose any other local, state, and federal assistance received/applied for.
  • Must attest that these expenses were not otherwise paid or reimbursed through some other city, county, state, or federal program.

Other

  • Can only receive funds from this grant one time; application should cover all related and eligible submissions. Awards will be granted based on preference/prioritization, the number of applicants, and the total availability of funds, with a maximum award allocation of $2,000.
  • Minimum grant amount is set at $250.

Award Preference:  Grant awards will be given with priority/preference described below, followed by the timing of submittal.

  • Businesses with 100 employees or less will have priority for funding.

Required Documentation:

  • Okaloosa County Business Tax Receipt.
  • Proof of business operations as of March 1, 2020, and operational as of date of grant application (can be an attestation).
  • Attestation that applicant business did not receive funds from another funding source for same purpose.
  • Disclosure of any other private, local, state, or federal assistance applied for and/or received or that the applicant anticipates receiving related to COVID-19.
  • Current IRS W-9 Form (to allow County to effect payment).
  • IRS FORM 941 (at least two, recent filings preferably from 2Q2020, 1Q2020 or, if not completed, 4Q19) to indicate number of employees.

Applicant must also provide documentation establishing the business experienced adverse financial impact due to COVID-19 by submitting one or more of the following:

  • Receipts or invoices showing purchase site and date indicating:
    • PPE purchases.
    • COVID-19 Testing.
    • COVID-19 related cleaning.
    • Other minor Social Distancing Mitigation efforts and costs.

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Okaloosa County, FL

302 N. Wilson St. – Suite 302

Crestview, FL 32536

850-598-7956