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CARES Fund Business Grant Program

CARES Fund Small Business Grant Program -- Application Process Open

Congress passed and the President signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act on March 27, 2020. On May 1, 2020, the Clay County Commission approved Resolution 2020‐139, providing CARES funding to the City of North Kansas City for eligible expenses incurred between March 1, 2020, and December 30, 2020, to address the COVID‐19 pandemic.

The City Council established another round of NKC CARES Small Business Grants on October 6, 2020, to be administered by the Clay County EDC. This program will issue $150,000 in grant funds to small businesses in North Kansas City. Small businesses can apply for a grant up to $5,000 to reimburse business expenses related to COVID‐19.

Eligible businesses include:
Businesses physically located in North Kansas City.
Businesses must have had a valid 2019 Business License.
Public-facing businesses directly impacted by the ‘Stay at Home’ order such as retail, food service, arts and entertainment, hospitality, fitness, and personal services.

Businesses do not qualify if they are a:
National franchise. 
Non-profit organization. 
Business or individual whose primary revenue is generated from rental properties. 
Business with current liens or fees owed to the City of North Kansas City.

Priority will be given to:
Businesses that have 20 or fewer full‐time equivalent employees, and;
Businesses that have $2.5 million or less in annual revenue.
Businesses that have not received a previous NKC CARES Small Business Grant.
Businesses that have not received certain Federal COVID‐19 related relief (excluding Payroll Protection Program funds). Please disclose if you have received any COVID‐19 related relief funding.
Restaurants and other food and beverage establishments that did not have a drive‐thru window or offer
curbside or delivery services before March 2020.

Eligible Use of Funds:
1. Grants can be used for expenses incurred from March 1, 2020, through October 25, 2020. Expenses can include but are not limited to payroll (provided federal funds have not already been received for this purpose), rent, mortgage interest, utilities, inventory replacement, and COVID-19 supplies. 
2. The grant funds may also be used to purchase necessary protective equipment for employees and customers and for exterior/interior cleaning needed to keep facilities sanitized.
3. Grant funds may not be used for repayment of any federal or state loan programs related to COVID-19 relief funding.

Additional Information:
Grant applicants must provide documentation for eligible COVID-19 expenses.  
Grant fund information is considered public information will be published. 
Grant fund expenditures may be audited at a future date. 

Click here to download the application.

CARES Small Business Grant Applications accepted from October 7 to 11:59 p.m. on October 25, 2020.  Applications must be turned into the Clay County EDC.  Please email all information to juliel@clayedc.com  Subject:  NKC Grant Application.

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