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Applications will be accepted online at https://buttebusinessresourcehub.org

5:00pm PST on October 5, 2020

    1. Current Business License (only for those businesses located in Chico, Gridley, Biggs, Oroville, and Paradise).
    2. 2019 business tax returns or Fictitious Business Name Statement filed prior to March 15, 2019.
    3. Business plan summary to show impact from COVID-19 business closures and/or business modifications, and pro-active planning for the coming year, including how grant funds will be expended by December 30, 2020.
    4. Other documents may be requested by the program administrator if deemed necessary for information verification.

One year of Federal tax returns for the business (2019).

2019 tax returns need to be filed prior to applying for this program. 

    1. For-profit businesses physically located and operating in Butte County with a demonstrated economic need as a direct result of COVID-19.
    2. Businesses with 10 full-time equivalent employees (FTE) or less at the time of application.  Self-employed business owners are eligible. (40 hour per week equals 1.0 FTE; a part-time employee working 20 hours per week equals 0.5 FTE).
    3. A business that has been operating for at least 1 year prior to March 15, 2020. 
    4. NOTE:  Businesses that have received funds or have been notified of approval of funds from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance ARE eligible if the amount received is less than their documented financial need (financial information to be included in the application and verified with follow-up documentation).

No.  Do not include the business owner when calculating the business’ number of employees.

Yes, but only if the amount received is less than the documented financial need of the business (financial information to be included in the application and verified with follow-up documentation). 

Example A: Business received $10,000 from the Paycheck Protection Program. However, the business has spent $10,000 on payroll and other costs that fall under the PPP program, but also has $25,000 in other COVID-19 related expenses. This business would be eligible to apply.

Example B: Business received $50,000 from the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. The business spent $10,000 on payroll, $10,000 on COVID-19 related safety upgrades and $20,000 on other expenses, totaling $40,000 of EIDL funds spent. This business would NOT be eligible, as there is no unmet need.

No.  This would constitute a duplication of benefits under Federal guidelines.  Any grant funds received under this program that are later determined to be a duplication of benefits may require repayment of funds.

No.  Businesses must be for-profit businesses physically located and operating in Butte County with a demonstrated economic need as a direct result of COVID-19. For more information on grant funds available to non-profit community organizations that have been impacted by COVID-19, please go to:  https://www.buttecounty.net/dess/.

No. Your business must have been in operation for at least 1 year prior to March 15, 2020.  Eligible documentation can include 1 year of federal business tax returns (2019) or a Fictitious Business Name Statement filed prior to March 15, 2019.

    • 40 hours per week equals 1.0 full-time equivalent employees
    • 20 hours per week equals 0.5 full-time equivalent employees

Yes.  Businesses must have 10 full-time equivalent employees (FTE) or less at the time of application.

No.  The business must be physically located and operating in Butte County. 

No.  The business must be owned and operated within Butte County to be eligible.

If you operate multiple locations under the same legal entity or ownership, please combine the pertinent information into one application, such as combined number of employees, etc.  If the combined number of employees exceeds 10 full-time equivalents, then you will not be eligible for this grant.

Yes.  Shortly after submission, an email will be sent to the email provided on the application with a confirmation number for your reference. 

The application window will be open from September 15, 2020 through October 5, 2020 (3 weeks).

Yes.  Applicants must have no bankruptcies within the last three years; bankruptcies must have a discharge date dating back at least three (3) years at time of grant application. Applicant must also have no outstanding local, state, federal tax liens nor judgments. This is verified through credit check.

No. There is no cost to the applicant for the credit check. 

No.  No minimum credit score is required.

Awardees will be chosen on a lottery basis.

Eligible uses of grant funds includes:

  • Costs associated with the impacts of business closures
  • Costs associated with adherence to local requirements for safe business re-openings
  • Financial impacts due to loss of sales as a result of COVID-19

Yes.  All applicants will be notified via email whether they were selected or not.

Yes.  If a business was recently purchased by someone else, but the business has been operating for more than a year prior to March 15, 2020, the new business owner is eligible to apply if they can show a need based on impacts from COVID-19.

Yes.  The limit is one application per business entity, not one application per business owner.

Businesses that engage in any activity that is illegal under federal, state or local law will not be eligible for this program.  More information on ineligible types of businesses per the Code of Federal Regulations, section CFR §120.110, can be found here: https://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/retrieveECFR?gp=1&SID=bcad42c8123c36355439ae6e6c435ea6&ty=HTML&h=L&mc=true&r=SECTION&n=se13.1.120_1110

No.  Information on the Butte Non-Profit Stabilization Program and application process can be found here – http://www.buttecounty.net/dess.

Yes.  The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) can assist with the application process and can be reached at the following email address: KonuwaSo@butte.edu.