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City of Benton City COVID-19
Small Business Grants


The City of Benton City will begin accepting applications for grants from Monday, September 21 - Monday, October 9, 2020.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and provides fast and direct economic assistance for American workers, families, small businesses, and preserves jobs.

Small Business Grant Application

Small Business Grant FAQ

Small Business Grant Policy

 

Program Description

  • This is a one-time grant with a maximum amount awarded being $3,000

  • Grants help offset the significant, temporary loss of revenue and help pay for expenses such as payroll, business mortgage, rent, and business utilities such as electric, natural gas, water/sewer, garbage, internet, and phone. 

  • Successful applicants will be required to submit documentation of profit loss and number of owner/employees

  • Grants are provided from state-shared CARES Act funding. 

What Businesses are Eligible?  

This grant is available to businesses that:  

  • Have 30 employees or less, including the owner 

  • Have a physical address located in Benton City limits 

  • Are active and licensed in the City of Benton City and Washington State for one year or longer at the time of application.

  • The business must be currently permitted/licensed, in good standing, by both the City and the State. 

  • The business must have experienced a loss of income directly related to the effects of COVID-19. 

  • The business must have been operating for at least one year.  

  • The Business cannot be owned, partially owned, controlled or involve any type of financial or pecuniary interest or control by a City employee or public official or family member(s) of the same.

How to Apply

  • Applications will ONLY be accepted September 21st  through October 9th. 

  • Mail with postmarked prior to September 21 will be not be considered a valid application.

  • To submit an application mail it to City Hall using the address below or email City Clerk-Treasurer Tiffany Coffland at tcoffland@ci.benton-city.wa.us. Applications will be reviewed in order of the postmark date or email date. 

City of Benton City
Attention: Tiffany Coffland
PO Box 70
Benton City, WA 99320

How will grants be determined?

  • Applications order will be determined by the postmarked date and/or email date.

  • A completed application packet including the following items

  • Complete Application

  • Business located in the incorporated Benton City Limits

  • Business is owned by a US citizen or permanent resident alien.

  • Have been in operation for one year or longer at the time of application.

  • Be for profit or non-profit (501C3, 501C9 and501C19 only)

  • Business License or IRS 501c Determination Letter

  • Employee payroll and/or ownership/membership documentation

  • Financial Statements, Tax Returns or other records

Questions? Contact City Clerk-Treasurer Tiffany Coffland at tcoffland@ci.benton-city.wa.us

 

Available Grant Amounts:

  • Up to $15,000 – Businesses with less than 20 employees

  • Up to $50,000 – Businesses with 20-99 employees

  • Up to $100,000 – Businesses with 100+ employees

Grant Application Periods:

  • Round 3: September 11-25

Approval Process:

  • Grantees will be selected from a pool of eligible businesses using a random lottery system.

  • Eligible businesses that were not selected will automatically move to the next round for possible selection.

  • Grantees will receive notification upon selection.

  • Prior to funds being delivered, grantees must sign an agreement with Benton County outlining the terms of funding.

Benton-Franklin Health District has issued a directive for the public to use face coverings to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 illness, beginning June 8, 2020.

The directive applies to all indoor public places in Benton and Franklin Counties, including grocery stores and other businesses, as well as outside settings where maintaining six feet of physical distancing is difficult. Individuals are strongly urged to wear face coverings over their nose and mouth.

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