CARES Act Funds - Application Portal for Grant Assistance

The window to accept applications for Round 1 funding has closed, effective September 21, 2020 at 5:00 PM.

Intent of Program

To provide a grant program for financial assistance to small businesses and non-profit organizations who have experienced demonstrated economic hardship from the effects of Governor Ralph Northam's Executive Order 53 dated March 12, 2020 and Executive Order 55 dated March 30, 2020 related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds to be used for expenses associated with business interruption caused by the COVID-19 health crisis. Eligible local small businesses and non-profit organizations must be located within the County but outside the corporate limits of the Town of Front Royal.

Also to provide a grant program for financial assistance to individuals facing economic hardship to allow them to pay their utility fees and continue to receive essential services.  

Administration

The County has entered into an agreement with the Front Royal-Warren County Chamber of Commerce (the "Chamber") per Section 15.2-953 of the Code of Virginia. Terms of the agreement will outline the process for the Chamber to administer a grant program with approximately $2 million available for County business and non-profit economic recovery/assistance. 

Additionally, the County has entered into an agreement with the Chamber to administer a grant program with approximately $500,000 available for County residents to pay their utility fees and continue to receive essential services. 

The Chamber will work in conjunction with the County Finance Department and the Warren County CARES Committee to administer the grant. 

Eligibility Requirements
  • Business must have a valid 2020 County Business License and been in operation prior to Governor Northam's Executive Order 53 dated March 12, 2020
  • Business, non-profit organization, or individual seeking utility assistance must be located within Warren County but outside the corporate limits of the Town of Front Royal
  • Business or non-profit organization must be able to demonstrate economic hardship of at least a 20% reduction in gross revenues, gross profits, or donations when compared to the prior year 2019
  • Non-profit organization must have a letter from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) designating it as a 501(C)(3) organization or other proof of non-profit status
  • Applicable to small businesses and non-profit organizations with gross receipts greater than $15,080 or less than $2,000,000
  • Applications must be received by September 21, 2020 at 5:00 PM
Tiers of Assistance
2019 Gross Receipts Amount of Assistance
Less than $15,080 Not Eligible
$15,080 - $50,000 $5,000
$50,000.01 - $200,000 $10,000
$200,000.01 - $500,000 $20,000
$500,000.01 - $2,000,000           $40,000
$2,000,000.01 or Greater Not Eligible

Grant Assistance
  • Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received
  • Preference will be given to businesses that have established a Strategic Plan for conducting business in compliance with Governor Northam's restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic; for example: social distancing, additional options for customer/employee interactions, additional methods of payment to minimize contact, etc. 
Application Process
  • General Application
    • Personal Name
    • Business / Non-Profit Name
    • Business / Non-Profit Address
    • Type of Business / Non-Profit Organization
    • Telephone Number
    • Email
    • Number of Employees
    • (Optional) Strategic Plan demonstrating change in operation due to COVID-19

  • Proof of Economic Hardship (options include, but are not limited to:)
    • Profit and Loss Statement for 2019*
    • Profit and Loss Statement for March through July 2020*
    • Prior Year Comparative Statement March through July 2019*
    • 2019 Tax Returns (if completed)*
    • Bank Statements
    • Invoices for Expenses
    • Other Financial Reports/Documents
    • * - Preferred
Review Process

The County will verify any business license account balance. 

  • County business license prior to March 12, 2020 is required; applicants who have not obtained a County business license will not be considered; business must have obtained a 2020 County business license to be eligible
  • Businesses exempt from licensing are not eligible for grant assistance
  • County staff will follow up with applicant if business license is not current

The Warren County CARES Committee will review applications and provide approval of assistance based upon available funds and the aforementioned criteria. In most cases, funding decisions will be made within fourteen (14) days of receipt of a complete application. Payment for grant assistance will be available to be picked up at the Chamber of Commerce within fourteen (14) days of grant assistance approval. The Warren County CARES Committee will follow up with the applicant to discuss any additional documents or information, if needed. 

If you have any questions regarding appropriate documentation or processing, please contact:

Niki Foster, President
Front Royal-Warren County Chamber of Commerce
201 E. 2nd Street, Front Royal, Virginia 22630

Contact

  info (@) warrencountyva.net
  540.636.4600
  540.636.6066
  220 N. Commerce Avenue
     Front Royal, VA 22630

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