Ohio Offers COVID-19 Relief with Four Grant Programs

Date June 28, 2021
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Governor DeWine and Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted announced the launch of four new grant programs to help small and medium sized business recover from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Food and Beverage Establishment Grant:

Eligible Businesses:

Grants will be available for eligible businesses with a NAICS code starting 722, who are considered a food service contractor, caterer, mobile food service, drinking place (bar, tavern, nightclub, etc.), full-service restaurant, limited-service restaurant, fraternal organization, coffee shop, cafeteria, buffet, snack and nonalcoholic beverage bar, or business that does not otherwise qualify for the Entertainment Venues Grant due to earning more than 50% of revenue from the sale of food and/or beverage. Eligible business must have had a decline in revenue of at least 10% as a result of COVID-19 to be eligible for the grant.

All businesses must have been in continuous operation since at least December 1, 2019 (except for interruptions caused by COVID-19 public health orders), have at least one physical location in Ohio, have a valid vendor’s licenses, food services operations licenses, and/or liquor permit, and be in good standing to be considered for the grant.

Funding Awards:

Grants of $10,000, $20,000 or $30,000 will be available to eligible businesses based on the business’s loss of revenue in 2020.

Use of Funds:

Funds can be used for personal protective equipment or other measures to protect employees, customers, or clients from COVID-19, mortgage or rent payments, utility payments, salaries, wages, or compensation (including the employer’s share of health insurance) and business supplies or equipment. Funds may not be used for tax obligations, non-business purposes, political purposes, bonuses or increased compensation for business owners, or costs incurred for which the business has or will receive reimbursement from another source.

Additional information, including additional eligibility criteria, funding details, and application information can be found at:

https://businesshelp.ohio.gov/pdf/06232021-TC-Food-and-Beverage-Establishment-Grant.pdf

https://businesshelp.ohio.gov/pdf/06242021-food-beverage-establishment-grant.pdf

https://businesshelp.ohio.gov/pdf/06212021-FAQ-Food-and-Beverage-Establishment-Grant.pdf

Entertainment Venue Grant:

Eligible Businesses:

Grants will be available for eligible businesses with a NAICS code starting 711, 712, and 713 (except for gambling venues), who are considered a theatre or dining theatre, movie theatre, indoor and/or outdoor music venue, comedy club, concert hall, spectator sports venue, museum, arts center/gallery, historical site, zoo or botanical garden, amusement or theme park, family fun center, trampoline or adventure park arcade, golf course, sports center, skiing facility, marina, recreational sports center or bowling center. Eligible businesses must have had a decline in revenue of at least 10% as a result of COVID-19 to be eligible for the grant.

All businesses must have been in continuous operation since at least December 1, 2019 (except for interruptions caused by COVID-19 public health orders), have at least one physical location, have a valid vendor’s license, food services operations license, and/or liquor permit, and be in good standing to be considered for the grant.

Funding Awards:

Grants of $10,000, $20,000 or $30,000 will be available to eligible businesses based on the business’s loss of revenue in 2020.

Use of Funds:

Funds can be used for personal protective equipment or other measures to protect employees, customers, or clients from COVID-19, mortgage or rent payments, utility payments, salaries, wages, or compensation (including the employer’s share of health insurance) and business supplies or equipment. Funds may not be used for tax obligations, non-business purposes, political purposes, bonuses or increased compensation for business owners, or costs incurred for which the business has or will receive reimbursement from another source.

Additional information, including additional eligibility criteria, funding details, and application information can be found at:

https://businesshelp.ohio.gov/pdf/06232021-TC-Entertainment-Venue-Grant.pdf

https://businesshelp.ohio.gov/pdf/06242021-entertainment-venue-grant.pdf

https://businesshelp.ohio.gov/pdf/06212021-FAQ-Entertainment-Venue-Grant.pdf

Lodging Grant:

Eligible Businesses:

Grants will be available for eligible businesses who are a hotel, motel, or bed and breakfast who experienced at least a 10% reduction in occupancy in 2020 as a result of COVID-19.

All businesses must have been in continuous operation since at least December 1, 2019 (except for interruptions caused by COVID-19 public health orders), have at least one physical location, have a valid hotel/motel license, and be in good standing to be considered for the grant.

Funding Awards:

Grants of $10,000, $20,000 or $30,000 will be available to eligible businesses based on the business’s decline in occupancy rate in 2020.

Use of Funds:

Funds can be used for personal protective equipment or other measures to protect employees, customers, or clients from COVID-19, mortgage or rent payments, utility payments, salaries, wages, or compensation (including the employer’s share of health insurance) and business supplies or equipment. Funds may not be used for tax obligations, non-business purposes, political purposes, bonuses or increased compensation for business owners, or costs incurred for which the business has or will receive reimbursement from another source.

Additional information, including additional eligibility criteria, funding details, and application information can be found at:

https://businesshelp.ohio.gov/pdf/06232021-TC-Lodging-Grant.pdf

https://businesshelp.ohio.gov/pdf/06242021-Lodging-grant.pdf

https://businesshelp.ohio.gov/pdf/06212021-FAQ-Lodging-Grant.pdf

New Small Business Grant

Grants will be available for eligible for-profit businesses that started operations at a physical location in Ohio between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020 and have at least 2 and no more than 25 Ohio employees paid via W2 wages as of January 1, 2021. Eligible business must be in good standing and have experienced a revenue loss or incurred unplanned costs substantially caused by COVID-19.

Funding Awards:

Grants of $10,000 will be available to eligible businesses.

Use of Funds:

Funds can be used for personal protective equipment or other measures to protect employees, customers, or clients from COVID-19, mortgage or rent payments, utility payments, salaries, wages, or compensation (including the employer’s share of health insurance) and business supplies or equipment. Funds may not be used for tax obligations, non-business purposes, political purposes, bonuses or increased compensation for business owners, or costs incurred for which the business has or will receive reimbursement from another source.

Additional information, including additional eligibility criteria, funding details, and application information can be found at:

https://businesshelp.ohio.gov/pdf/06232021-TC-New-Small-Business-Grant.pdf

https://businesshelp.ohio.gov/pdf/06242021-New-Small-business-grant.pdf

https://businesshelp.ohio.gov/pdf/06212021-FAQ-New-Small-Business-Grant.pdf

Applications

Applications for all programs will open on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at BusinessHelp.Ohio.Gov. Businesses must have an Ohio Supplier ID to apply. Businesses who do not currently have a Supplier ID may request one at Supplier.Ohio.gov. Awards will be made on a first-come, first-served basis with funding allocated for each program and for each county in Ohio.

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