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.

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 is expected to begin in early June 2020. Sign-up to be notified when the grant application process is open. (see form below)

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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).

 

STEPS

three steps of the program

 

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

INFORMATIONAL FORM

WAIT

We know that is hard. Don’t worry, we will contact you when the grant opens, which will be in early June. While you are waiting, take the time to be sure you can gather the necessary paperwork listed below under documentation.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Here's a list of Q&A about the program. Check back - this info is updated frequently!

MORE INFORMATION

Look for updates and additional details in the coming weeks. Anyone signed up for our mailing list will receive automatic notification when the Grant opens. 

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 may include: 

  • Previous year tax return or form 990
  • BPOL License
  • Current profit-and-loss statement, balance sheet, or other statement of organizational financial standing
  • Year-end profit-and-loss statement and balance sheet, previous year
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