Grant Amount: varies
The City of Valdosta, Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce, and the Black Business Alliance have partnered to support local small businesses. Valdosta City Council has allocated ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) funds to create a COVID-19 Small Business Grant program that is administered by a committee of local business leaders appointed by the city council. This program helps small businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. “Small business is the backbone of the American economy. The City has allocated $1,000,000 to mitigate the negative impact of the pandemic on small businesses in our community. The funding is made available through the American Rescue Plan Act. There will be public meetings to discuss the details of the application process. The time and location of these meetings can be found on the City’s website. The hope is that this funding will stabilize and sustain small businesses,” said City Manager Mark Barber.
The deadline is October 17, 2022
HOW TO QUALIFY
HOW TO QUALIFY
- To be eligible, businesses must be in the City of Valdosta and have maintained an active city business license since March 1, 2020. Corporate-owned or publicly traded businesses are not eligible to apply.
- The amount of the grant for which businesses are qualified is based on the amount of their annual gross receipts. Gross receipt data will be accepted from the following years: 2019-2021. Based on Federal ARPA Guidelines, applicants whose businesses are within the Qualified Census Tract (see below) will receive top funding priority, followed by minority-owned, women-owned, or veteran-owned businesses.