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Posted on: January 13, 2022

Pandemic Recovery Grant Applications To Be Available Jan. 18

Operators of small businesses and non-profits in eligible areas of Winston-Salem can apply for local pandemic recovery grants starting Tuesday, Jan 18. Applications will be accepted through Feb. 18.

Grants up to $25,000 will be available to businesses with less than 25 full-time employees or the equivalent, and to non-profits with an annual operating budget of less than $1 million, not counting “pass-through” funds from other sources that are distributed to the non-profit’s clients.

The recovery grants are designed to assist small businesses and non-profits behind on their rent, mortgage, or utilities payments because of the pandemic.

Applicants will apply through the United Way of Forsyth County, which is administering the grants under a contract with the city. All applicants will use the United Way’s e-CImpact system and will need to provide a W-9 and copies of their past-due bills.

The first rounds of grants will go to applicants that are in or serve federally designated “qualified census tracts,” in which at least half of the households have income below 60 percent of the area median income or have a poverty rate of 25 percent or more.

Businesses need to provide documentation of their registration with the N.C. Secretary of State. Non-profits need to provide their tax-exempt determination, a letter from their board authorizing their application, and information on client demographics.

A link to the application portal is posted on the city's website. The portal can be accessed directly

The city will hold a virtual briefing at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, to go over the application. The briefing will be held via Zoom and will livestream on CityofWS.org/YouTube. Viewers who want to ask questions should sign in to participate in the briefing and pose questions through the chat box. A link to participate will be posted on CityofWS.org/CLFRF and on CityofWS.org/RecoveryGrants. The link will not be active until 15 minutes before the briefing starts.

The City Council voted Nov. 15 to allocate $3 million for recovery grants: $1 million each for small businesses, small social service non-profits, and small non-profits in the areas of travel, tourism, hospitality and the arts. The money is part of the $51.7 million the city is receiving in federal pandemic relief through the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund.

More details about the recovery grants program, including complete eligibility criteria, a map of eligible areas and information on how grant requests will be prioritized, are posted here.

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