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Posted on: May 28, 2020

City's Small Business Recovery Relief Grant Program Accepting Applications

Small Business Recovery Relief Grant Program

On May 27, 2020, the Boca Raton City Council unanimously authorized a $500,000 Small Business Recovery Relief Grant Program for businesses within the City of Boca Raton. The online application is now live and applications are being accepted.

The grant program, which is designated from reserves in the City’s Economic Development fund, is intended to provide eligible businesses who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with one-time grants of up to $5,000. Grants will be awarded to businesses on a first come-first eligibly served basis, until the total amount of program funding is awarded.

Businesses must meet the following grant program criteria to be considered eligible:

  • Types of Businesses: Businesses must be for-profit, and must qualify as a restaurant, retail or retail service business with a physical location within the City customarily open for customers/patrons.  
  • Closure: The physical location of the business must have been closed because of the COVID-19 public health emergency (except for delivery, curbside pick-up and related activities). 
  • Multiple businesses: Owner(s) of more than one business may apply for a grant for each business, provided that each business has a separate Employer Identification Number (EIN) issued by the Internal Revenue Service and meets the criteria of the grant program. 
  • Other Funding: Businesses may not have received funds from the Paycheck Protection Program under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act established by the federal government (PPP) or other COVID-19 government relief funding.  
  • Business History: Businesses must have been in business in the City for at least one year prior to March 1, 2020. 
  • Business Tax License: Businesses must have a current City business tax license.
  • Number of Employees: Each business must have employed at least three employees and no more than 25 employees as of March 1, 2020. 
  • Sales: Businesses must have had annual average sales prior to March 1, 2020 of less than $1 million.
  • Sales Reduction: Businesses must have experienced at least a 50% reduction in revenue because of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Grants awarded from the program may only be used for business expenses such as:

  • Payroll
  • Rent
  • Utility payments
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)

Required documents to upload in the application (files must be PDF) include:

  • Copy of the business’s current and previous City of Boca Raton Business Tax License
  • Copy of the business’s state business license receipt (Sunbiz)
  • Copy of the business’s Sales and Use Tax Returns submitted to the Florida Department of Revenue for the six months prior to March 2020
  • Copy of the business’s IRS Form 941 or other payroll form submitted to the IRS for the 4th quarter of 2019
  • W-9 form

For more information on the Small Business Recovery Relief Grant Program, or to apply, visit www.myBoca.us/SmallBusinessGrant.

For any additional questions, please email smallbusinessrelief@myboca.us or call 561-367-7031 (Monday through Friday from 8am - 5pm). Applications will not be accepted through email.

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