Kent County establishing business relief fund with grants up to $500

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Kent County has established a COVID-19 Business Relief Fund which will offer grants of up to $500.

Kent County Levy Court commissioners voted to establish the fund that would help small business owners as they re-open their establishments

Commissioner Eric Buckson asked his colleagues to consider allocating $50,000 of which $18,000 would cover Kent County’s contribution toward the Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce’s Back to Business Start-Up Kits request.

The remaining balance would go to the newly established COVID-19 Business Relief Fund divided equally among the six Levy Court Districts to award grants to qualified small businesses not to exceed $500 per applicant. The request moved forward for a vote at the May 12, Business Meeting.

To qualify, businesses must be located in Kent County; hold a valid business license, must have been in business for at least one year; with a maximum of 20 employees; and the funds can not be used to pay debts incurred before March 17, 2020. Other exclusions to grant funds are real estate and vehicle purchases.

Businesses that are not covered under the grant include: any essential business which was open during the State of Emergency; Franchises and national chain stores/restaurants; Home-based businesses, internet-based businesses, and virtual businesses; and, payday loan businesses, tobacco stores, faith-based organizations, pawnshops, adult entertainment stores, and real estate businesses.

To apply, complete and submit an application, a vendor form, complete W-9, and a valid business license and submit to:

Kent County COVID Fund
c/o Kent Economic Partnership 555 Bay Road
Dover, DE 19901

Forms can be found at these links:
Application and vendor form: http://www.co.kent.de.us/media/989448/COVID-19-Business-Relief-Fund-fillable-form.pdf

W-9 – If you already have a W-9 with us, you may provide that. If not, use this form: http://www.co.kent.de.us/media/989463/W-9.pdf

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