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CARES Small Business Grant Program Application
Posted on Thursday July 09, 2020
The Board of Aldermen Approved the CARES Small Business Grant Program at the June 23rd Meeting

CARES Small Business Grant Applications accepted from June 24 – July 10, 2020.

Congress passed, and the President signed, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act on March 27, 2020. On May 1, 2020, the Clay County Commission approved Resolution 2020-139, providing CARES funding to the City of Smithville for eligible expenses incurred between March 1, 2020 and December 30, 2020 to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Board of Aldermen established the CARES Small Business Grant Program on June 23, 2020 to be administered by the Clay County EDC. This program will issue up to $100,000 in total grant funds to small businesses in Smithville. Small businesses can apply for a grant up to $5,000 to reimburse business expenses related to COVID-19.

Eligible businesses include:
• Businesses physically located in Smithville.
• Businesses must have had a valid 2019 Business License.
• Public-facing businesses directly impacted by the “Stay at Home” order such as retail, food service, arts and entertainment, hospitality, fitness, medical, and personal services.
• Businesses or individual whose primary revenue is generated from rental properties.

Businesses do not qualify if they are a:
• National franchise.
• Non-profit organization.
• Business with current liens by the City or fees owed to the City of Smithville.

Priority will be given to:
• Businesses that have 20 or fewer full-time equivalent employees, and;
• Businesses that have $2.5 million or less in annual revenue.
• Businesses that have not received certain Federal COVID-19 related relief (excluding Payroll Protection Program funds). Please disclose if you have received any COVID-19 related relief funding.

Eligible Use of Funds:

1. Grants can be used for expenses incurred from March 1, 2020 through June 30, 2020. Expenses can include but are not limited to payroll (provided federal funds have not already been received for this purpose), rent, mortgage interest, utilities, inventory replacement, and COVID-19 supplies.

2. The grant funds may also be used to purchase necessary protective equipment for employees and customers and for exterior/interior cleaning needed to keep facilities sanitized.

Ineligible Use of Funds:

1. Grant funds may not be used for repayment of any federal or state loan programs related to COVID-19 relief funding.

2. Grant funds may not be used for any purposes outside of the Federal guidelines as set forth in

Additional Information:
• Grant applicants must provide documentation for eligible COVID-19 expenses.
• Grant fund applications and information is considered public information under the Missouri Sunshine Laws.
• Grant fund expenditures may be audited at a future date. Improper usage will require reimbursements to the City within 10 days of demand by the City for return of funds.
• In reviewing and considering the grant applications, it is the policy of the City of Smithville and the Clay County EDC to ensure equal opportunity without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, national origin, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

CARES Small Business Grant Applications accepted from June 24 – July 10, 2020.
(printable Application Form)

CARES Smithville Small Business Grant Program
Application Form

Requirements – These records must be presented with this application
• Two forms of ID (each signer) – one with picture other with name only
• Two years of business tax returns (Schedules and 1099s, Income Statement & Balance Sheet for LLC’s, C-Corps, and S-Corps)
• Two years of personal tax returns (Schedules and 1099s, Income Statement & Balance Sheet for Sole Proprietors)
• Three months March - May 2019 & 2020 bank statements Business or personal (personal for Sole Proprietors only)  
• Copy of 2019 Smithville Business License

Legal Name of Company:________________________________________________________
Physical Address:____________________________ City : _______________ State: ______ Zip:__________
Length of time you have been in business in Smithville:________________________________
Name of Grant Applicant: _______________________________________________________
Business Phone Number: ________________________ Cell Phone Number:________________
Email address:_________________________________________________________________
Type of Business:_______________________________________________________________

Explanation of how funds will be used: Items can include specific cash flow gaps, payroll or any fixed operating costs required to remain solvent and/or scaling down, reducing expenses, purchasing cleaning and personal protection equipment, and any additional proactive measures due to the crisis (documentation required).
How will this grant help you get through the COVID-19 crisis:

I/We certify that the above information, including any attachments or exhibits provided herewith are valid and correct to the best of my/our knowledge.

Signature:______________________________________________ Date:__________________

Signature:______________________________________________ Date:__________________

Please email all information to SUBJECT: Smithville Grant Application
Clay County Economic Development - 816-468-4989 -7001 N. Locust, Gladstone, MO 64118