The City of Taylor is opening Phase 2 of its “Taylor Together: Small Business Relaunch Grant Program.” This program aids the business community in overcoming the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic. The Community Development Department has awarded five grants with six others for approval, and others are pending.
Limited funds remain available.
The first grant recipients announced by Community Development include Rainbow Nails, Fierce Fitness, Right Turn Driving School, Moran Motorsports and the Half Time Bar. Six others are awaiting approval while others are pending.
To be eligible for the City’s grant relaunch program, you must:
- Employ less than 25 employees as of February 29. 2020
- Ninety percent of your employees make an annual salary of $44,000 or less
- Business is physically located in Taylor
- Business is City-licensed or has a license pending with the City of Taylor (home-based businesses do not require a license, but must supply two years of business tax returns)
- Have a certificate of occupancy
- Personal and property taxes current through 2019
- Experienced a loss of income due to pandemic-related shutdowns
- Certify that your business has received less than $7,500 in COVID-19 relief from other sources (any payroll protection program funds do not count)
Apply here. All requests will be numerically scored and judged by an internal committee. The City can allocate up to $7,500 per business or $2,500 per home business for eligible expenses. Not every applicant will receive funding, and not every application accepted will receive the highest award of $7,500.
The City’s Community Development Department is a vested partner in assisting businesses by leveraging funding that was part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The program will use U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grants to aid in various relaunch costs incurred after March 23, 2020, including:
- Rent, lease or mortgage
- Health care
- Personal protection equipment, sanitation supplies or electrostatic cleaning
Small businesses help make the country run. According to 2016 data, businesses with 20 or less staffers employ 16 percent of the nation’s total workforce. Firms with 500 or less staffer employ 46 percent of America’s workers, and firms with 100 or less account for another 33 percent of the workforce.
The “Taylor Together” program is multi-faceted and ever changing. Before the relaunch grant program was announced, Taylor created and approved an emergency ordinance streamlining a business’s ability to expand use of outdoor property, events, signage and other activities related to governmental restrictions due to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic. This Temporary Emergency COVID-19 Recovery Ordinance immediately enabled restaurateurs and bar owners to, in certain circumstances, expand outdoor seating and other offerings. They still go through a step-by-step process to receive an Outdoor Dining & Seating Permit, but the entire program has been streamlined.
For more information, call the Community Development Department at (734) 258-4180.
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