COVID-19 Small Business and Nonprofit Relief Grant Fund

The Fairfax RISE COVID-19 Small Business and Nonprofit Relief Grant Fund offers financial assistance to small businesses and nonprofits adversely affected by the Coronavirus shutdowns.

GRANT OPPORTUNITY IS NOW CLOSED.

 

 

Fairfax RISE Grants Update 

Grant selections have been completed and all Fairfax RISE grants are currently in the approval process. Grants are currently being awarded and it is expected that all $58 million in grant funds will be allocated by the end of September. All applicants have been notified by email of their status, either accepted or waitlisted.  All applicants who applied have been invited into the process.

If you have questions on your status or are having difficulty completing the application or uploading, please let us know via email at FairfaxRISE@cbponline.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit our RISE Grant Award page for a detailed listing of all grantees, their award amounts and other grant-related information.  Information can be filtered and sorted and will be updated weekly as the grants continue to be awarded.  

If you want to do a deep dive into the data check out our RISE Dashboard. There you can filter the information by geography, Board of Supervisor District and business type. 

 

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GENERAL INFO. 

The primary purpose of the Fairfax RISE (RISE – Relief Initiative to Support Employers) grant program is to provide immediate relief to small businesses and non-profits impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Fairfax County hopes to help small businesses and nonprofit organizations remain in business through the COVID-19 emergency and address gaps that may exist among complementary programs.  The grant will not have to be repaid.

The grant program also establishes a minimum allocation of 30% of total funding towards awards for women-owned, minority-owned, and/or veteran-owned businesses. It is funded through an allocation of the Coronavirus Relief Funds provided through the federal CARES Act.

Grant funds will be allocated based on number of full-time-equivalent (FTE) employees:

  • Employees, 1 - 10:                       $10,000
  • Employees, 11 – 25:                    $15,000
  • Employees, 26 – 49:                    $20,000

The application process was open from June 8 @9AM through June 15 @ 11:59PM,  2020. 

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ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible, applicants must be established and have one or more location(s) in Fairfax County, including the principal place of business. Fairfax County includes businesses and organizations located in the Towns of Herndon, Vienna, and Clifton. Additionally, awardees must have at least one full-time-equivalent (FTE) and less than 50 FTE  total employees across all locations, in operation over 1 year, and, with the exception of nonprofits, have a valid Business, Professional and Occupational Licenses (BPOL).

 

 

Small Business Eligibility

  • Must be established and have one or more location(s), including the principal place of business, in Fairfax County. Fairfax County includes the Towns of Herndon, Vienna, and Clifton. The cities of Fairfax and Falls Church are not included.
  • Have at least one and less than 50 total full-time-equivalent (FTE) employees across all locations.
  • Have a valid Business, Professional and Occupational Licenses (BPOL) issued prior to March 1, 2019. 

Nonprofit Eligibility

  • Must be established and have one or more location(s), including the principal place of business, in Fairfax County. Fairfax County includes the Towns of Herndon, Vienna, and Clifton. The cities of Fairfax and Falls Church are not included.
  • Have at least one and less than 50 total full-time-equivalent (FTE) employees across all locations. Have not received grant from the Fairfax County COVID Sustainability Grant Fund (Social Safety Net Funds)
  • Have a IRS Form 990 from 2018 or 2019

Independent Contractor/Sole Proprietor Eligibility

  • Live in Fairfax County and operate a business as a sole proprietor.  The cities of Fairfax and Falls Church are not included. 
  • Pay self-employment tax
  • Not currently receiving unemployment benefits for your business employment compensation

DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED

Applicants will be required to demonstrate that they are eligible, that they were operational pre-COVID-19, and that they are suffering negative impacts from COVID-19 closures. Documentation will not be required for the Part I: Qualification Survey section of the application. If the applicants are selected for Part II: Certification Application they will be asked to provide documentation. 

(Updated 6/11) Specific document may vary, depending upon business or non-profit organization structure. Confirmation of # employees, documentation requirement is anticipated to include one of the following items: 

  1. Payroll Register
  2. Form 941, quarterly reporting form
  3. 1099 form (either as Sole Proprietor/Single Member LLC, or for counting # of consultants in the business)
  4. tax return information, including K1 forms if an LLC

 

 

Fairfax RISE Webinar

Fairfax RISE grant webinar was held on June 9. It covered how to participate, eligibility and other relevant questions.
 
A recording of the webinar and a copy of the presentation is available for review. This will be the only webinar offered. 
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