Grants up to $20,000 are available for small- and medium-sized businesses and nonprofits that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are interested in these grants, you will need to pre-register between Monday, April 19th at 9:00 a.m. and Thursday, April 29th at 5:00 p.m. If you do not pre-register, you will not be eligible for these grants.
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority announced Wednesday it will begin accepting applications in May for a number of the recently announced programs that are aimed at providing $85 million in grants to various types of small businesses.
The programs include $25 million for microbusinesses (5 or fewer employees), $15 million for small businesses (6 to 50 employees), $10 million for child care centers and $35 million for eating/drinking establishments. More information is available here.
The EDA is calling it Phase 4 of its Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program. And, if your business did not get any funding during Phase 3, you get to go first. (Please note, you must preregister.)
Here are the dates you can apply for grants
May 3: Businesses that did not apply for, or were not approved for, Phase 3 funding;
May 5: Restaurants and child care providers;
May 10: Microbusinesses;
May 12: All other businesses.
Here is where you will preregister and apply
Applications for each category will be open for a period of one week and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, based upon the date and time the EDA receives a completed application submission.
Please note, all business must preregister in order to be eligible to apply. The preregistration period will begin at 9 a.m. Monday, April 19, go through 5 p.m. April 29.
The programs are part of the five-bill, $100 million relief package that was passed by the Legislature and recently signed by Gov. Phil Murphy.
Here is who is eligible
EDA officials said Phase 4 funds aim to reimburse lost revenue as result of the business interruption caused by the pandemic between March 1, 2020, and the date of the grant agreement, providing the necessary resources to any eligible business that has:
Been temporarily shut down;
Been required to reduce hours;
Had at least a 20% drop in revenue;
Been materially impacted by employees who cannot work due to the outbreak; or
A supply chain that has materially been disrupted and therefore slowed firm-level production during the pandemic.
Here’s how much money you can receive
Grant awards will be calculated based on the number of full-time equivalent employees businesses employ:
Microbusinesses with five or fewer FTEs and sole proprietorships will receive up to $10,000;
Businesses with six to 25 FTEs will receive up to $15,000;
Businesses with 26 to 50 FTEs will receive up to $20,000.
A grant size estimator is available here.
To maximize the funding businesses can receive in Phase 4, EDA officials said grant awards will be based on the peak FTE count from a business’s past eight quarters of WR-30 filings. Businesses must use funds from the grant programs for reimbursement of lost revenue as a result of business interruption caused by the pandemic. Businesses may not use grant funds for capital expenses.
Here are more details on the programs
These four programs have $85 million in funds available:
Restaurants: $35 million of funding to support businesses classified as “Food Services and Drinking Places” under NAICS code 722, given the disproportionate impact these businesses have experienced due to the pandemic, including caps on on-location dining and unusual costs they incurred to adapt their business models for safe operations.
Child care providers: $10 million of funding to support businesses classified as “Child Day Care Services” under NAICS code 624410, given the disproportionate impact these businesses have experienced due to the pandemic, including caps on capacity numbers and unusual costs they incurred to adapt their business models for safe operations.
Microbusinesses (5 or fewer FTE): $25 million of funding to support businesses that have had five or fewer FTEs in each of their past eight quarters of WR-30 filings (including businesses with no FTEs), given the unique financial vulnerability experienced because of the pandemic by microbusinesses, which typically have lower financial reserves.
Other small businesses (6-50 FTE): The remaining $15 million of funding will support businesses that are not eligible under the microbusiness category.