Small Business Grants for COVID 19 Assistance

The City of Poquoson Office of Economic Development Announces  2 grant programs to assist the City's Business Community. Businesses may apply to both programs. Review the application and description for each program as your business may be eligible to apply for both programs.

If you have questions as you review the applications or submission please contact Ms. Charity Gavaza at 868-3514 or via email  at Charity.Gavaza@poquoson-va.gov

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 CARES ACT Grant Program

The City of Poquoson and the City of Poquoson Economic Authority have established a COVID-19Business Recovery Grant, using $80,000 in funds provided to the City of Poquoson under the federal government’s CARES Act, to help small businesses in Poquoson impacted by Governor Northam’s Executive Orders from the period of March 13 thru November 30, 2020.The Grant is a non-recurring financial initiative given to eligible for-profit, small businesses not to exceed$2,000. The grant is not available to franchises and national chains. Grants will be funded on eligibility listed below and on a first-come, first-served basis, with completed application and supporting documentation required for consideration.

Use of Funds: This grant can be used to support business costs that were incurred as a result of required measures to adhere to Executive Orders by Governor Northam during the period of March 13-November 30, 2020. Examples could include but are not limited to:

*Special Signage

*Online operations that were not in place prior in order to further continue business operations

*Purchase of cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment items required as a result of State of Virginia Government Executive Orders.

Eligibility:  To be considered for the grant, a business must meet all the following requirements:

For-profit business impacted or interrupted by Governor Northam’s Executive Orders from the period of March 13 thru November 30, 2020.

Must have a current City of Poquoson Business License and be in good standing with all past and current local taxes and licenses.

Have fewer than 25 employees as of January 1, 2020.

Be a Poquoson-based business.

Businesses must not have more than 2 locations nationwide.

Business verifies they intend to continue operations in Poquoson when government orders are lifted.

Application:  Fillable PDF Form here. Download the form, complete and save Document.

Completed application and required documentation as noted on the application, submitted electronically  to Charity.Gavaza@poquoson-va.gov to the City of Poquoson Economic Development Office beginning July 22, 2020. Applications will not be considered after November 30, 2020.

CITY of POQUOSON CDBG Grant Program

In an effort to assist small businesses during the pandemic, York County, in partnership with the cities of Williamsburg and Poquoson, applied for & received funding from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (VDHCD) under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. This funding allows the three partner localities to provide grants to help small businesses defray the costs of State-mandated requirements in the reopening process, in order to help small businesses impacted by Governor Northam’s Executive Order #53 related to COVID-19.

Individual grants to small businesses are awarded as one-time financial assistance given to eligible for-profit small businesses in amounts not to exceed $5,000. These funds must be a reimbursement of actual expenditures that the small business incurred following the State reopening requirements. (https://www.virginia.gov/coronavirus/forwardvirginia/) Grants will be committed and funded on a first-come, first-served basis, based upon availability of funds and submission of a complete application, with supporting documentation that clearly justifies how requested funds are related to recovery and/or reopening costs from the COVID-19 emergency.

Review the Application here for acceptable uses of supported funding reimbursements. Complete the application and submit it to the City of Poquoson Office of Economic Developement Office.  Email Documents to Charity.Gavaza@poquoson-va.gov All forms are fill able PDF format.

Application and Eligibility Information