The Small Business Relief Grant is designed to provide relief to Ohio businesses that have been negatively affected by COVID-19.
Governor Mike DeWine has designated up to $125 million of funding received by the State of Ohio from the federal CARES Act to provide $10,000 grants to small businesses to help them through the current crisis. The program, which will begin accepting applications November 2, 2020, will be administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency.
You must have an OH|ID to apply.
Q: What is the best browser to use when accessing the application?
A: This application is best viewed using Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Safari browsers. Some users may experience issues using Internet Explorer and FireFox.
Q: Can I edit my application after I submitted it?
A: Once the application is submitted, it cannot be changed. Please be sure to double check your information before submitting the application.
Q: Can I edit my application if I haven’t hit submit yet?
A: To edit an existing application that is in progress, you will need to re-enter your FEIN to access the application. You then edit any portion of your application or withdraw it and start over.
Q: If my application was denied, can I reapply?
A: Yes, a business can submit a new application, but the new application will be reviewed in the order it is received.
Q: Does a sole proprietor or a business with 1099 contractors qualify for the Small Business Relief Grant?
A: Only businesses with at least one and no more than 25 W2 employees as of January 1, 2020, qualify for the Small Business Relief Grant. If a business does not have any W2 employees, it would not qualify.
Q: How do I know if my business is eligible?
A: The eligibility criteria can be reviewed under the Terms and Conditions section on this page (below).
Q: How do I apply for the grant/learn more information on how to apply?
A: The application is available on this page (above), and you can see the application requirements and list of questions under the Terms and Conditions section on this page (below).
Q: How do I calculate the number of employees at my business?
A: The number of employees can be calculated using an employee headcount as of January 1, 2020, or the 2019 full-time equivalent number. For more information, please see “Section IV: Application Process” of the Terms and Conditions section on this page (below).
Q: Am I still eligible if I received funding from other federal/local CARES Act programs?
A: A business can apply even if it has received other governmental assistance. However, the business must have fully utilized any other government support received, including both grants and loans, for business expenses incurred because of COVID-19 or that can be utilized for business expenses incurred because of COVID-19. Additionally, ineligible costs include those for which the business has or will receive reimbursement from another source, including any other government loan or grant program and insurance proceeds.
Q: Can a CPA/attorney file an application on behalf of a company?
A: If a CPA/attorney is authorized by the business to make the representations and attestations asked in the application, the application can be submitted on behalf of the business. If not, then the business will need to do so directly.
Q: Is a home-based business eligible for the program?
A: Home-based businesses are eligible for the grant as long as all other criteria are met. Grant funds cannot be used for expenses related to a personal residence.
Q: Are all of the listed documents required to be attached to the application?
A: Only one document in each identified category is required to be submitted with the application. Three documents in total will be required to be submitted with the application.
Q: If my tax documentation is a personal return, how do I show the business name to match the application?
A: If you file a personal return, please include a copy of Schedule C to identify the business name.
Q: If my application is approved for a grant, what do I need to do next?
A: The business will receive notification at the email address identified in the application. The applicant will have seven days to log back into the application and Acknowledge and Accept the grant funds. Once acknowledged, a check will be mailed to the business address identified in the application. If the business fails to Acknowledge and Accept the funds, the approval will be rescinded and the application denied.
Q: How long will it take to receive the grant funds?
A: Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. Application approval emails will begin being sent out on November 3.
Q: How do I check the status of my application?
A: You can click on the Review Submitted Application on this page (below) and enter your FEIN.
Q: What if my address was incorrect on my submitted application?
A: If your application is approved, the check will be sent to the address provided on the application. Please verify your address before submitting. Applications cannot be edited once submitted.
Q: If approved, will the funds have to be repaid?
A: No, this grant does not have to be repaid.
Q: Can more than 50 businesses in each county receive a grant?
A: Yes, after the first 50 businesses in a county are awarded grants, applicants from that county are eligible for grants from remaining funds on a first-come, first-served basis. See Section V: Award Process, Part 2: Distribution of Award Funds in the Terms and Conditions section on this page (below).
Q: Will I have to pay taxes on the grant?
A: We encourage you to talk with your account or tax professional. You also can review Internal Revenue Service guidance, which is available here.
OH|ID is a secure way for Ohioans and businesses to interact with multiple State agencies and access a variety of programs and services, with a single user account.
Do I have an OH|ID?
If you access the Ohio Business Gateway, you already have an OH|ID. When prompted, simply use those same login credentials to access and complete your Small Business Relief Grant application.
The Small Business Relief Grant ("SBRG") is designed to provide necessary relief to Ohio businesses that have been negatively impacted by the effects of COVID-19. The Governor of the State of Ohio, Mike DeWine, has designated up to one hundred twenty-five million dollars ($125,000,000) of funding received by the State of Ohio from the Federal CARES Act to provide $10,000 grants to small businesses to assist in ensuring the survival and stability of these crucial businesses. Governor DeWine has determined that these grants are necessary to respond to the public health emergency by providing economic support to some of the businesses harmed by the effects of COVID-19. The SBRG will be administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency (“Development”).
A business as defined in these Terms and Conditions that meets all of the following criteria may receive funding from the SBRG:
A business as defined in these Terms and Conditions that falls within one or more of the following categories is ineligible to receive funding from the SBRG:
SBRG funds can be used to reimburse eligible businesses for the following COVID-related expenses incurred between March 22, 2020 and the date the application was submitted relating to their Ohio business location(s) as long as the costs do not violate State or Federal law and are not otherwise specified as “ineligible costs”:
SBRG funds may not be used for the following expenses:
Businesses who receive funds from the SBRG shall keep records of all specific expenses for which the funds were used for a period of five (5) years from the final expenditure of received funds. These records shall include but not be limited to paid invoices, cancelled checks, payroll records and other documentation acquired when the permissible expense occurred.
Upon request, the business shall provide access to these records to the State of Ohio, its agencies, agents, directors, and/or any party who has contracted with the State for the exclusive purposes of evaluating or ensuring compliance with CARES Act or SBRG requirements.
At their own expense, the business shall prepare photocopies of all of requested records to the State or any of the aforementioned parties upon written request of the State within a reasonable time of the request.
Failure to abide by the requirement may result in a demand for the business to repay SBRG funds to the State of Ohio within thirty days of a written request for repayment.
Beginning on November 2nd at 10:00 AM, businesses can submit an application for the SBRG at businesshelp.ohio.gov. In order to access the application, individuals will be required to login using an existing OH|ID or create a new OH|ID, which provides users with secure access to State of Ohio services and programs. For more information on creating an OH|ID, please visit https://ohid.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/ohid/home.
A business is only eligible to receive one grant under this program, and entities with the same FEIN will be considered one business for purposes of determining eligibility for the program. Businesses will be required to provide the following information to submit an application:
Upon submission of a complete application, the applicant will receive an email from Development confirming that the application has been received. Submission of a complete application does not ensure applicant will be awarded a SBRG. If funding remains available at the time the application is filed, Development staff will review the application to determine eligibility for a SBRG.
If Development determines that an application is ineligible, the documentation attached does not meet the requirements outlined in these Terms and Conditions, or SBRG funding is no longer available, the business will be notified via email that the application has been rejected. Applicants will not be given the opportunity to cure defects in a submitted application. Businesses will be allowed to reapply if their application is determined to be incomplete or is rejected, unless the application is rejected due to SBRG funding being exhausted.
If Development determines that an application is eligible for an SBRG award, the applicant business will be notified via email. Within seven (7) days of being notified of award eligibility, the applicant business must log back into the application at businesshelp.ohio.gov to complete an Acknowledgement of Eligibility and Acceptance of Funds. Additionally, the applicant business will be required to verify information provided in the application to ensure timely issuance of funds. Upon completion of these steps and resubmission of the application, Development will finalize processing of the award and the applicant will receive a grant in the amount of $10,000 via check sent to the address identified in the application.
Each business that meets the criteria as defined in these Terms and Conditions and submits a complete application will be eligible for a grant in the amount of $10,000. A business is only eligible to receive one SBRG – entities with the same FEIN will be considered one business for purposes of the program. If an applicant does not submit a complete application, including all attachments required to verify eligibility, the application will be rejected. Applicants will not be given the opportunity to cure defects in a submitted application. Businesses will be allowed to reapply if their application is determined to be incomplete or is rejected.
Grants shall be awarded on a first come, first served basis in accordance with the following guidelines:
By providing the signature of a duly authorized representative on an application, an applicant is certifying to Development and the State of Ohio that each of the certifications on Page 3 of the application is true as of the date of signature and that each of the documents submitted is a real and true copy of records of the applicant business. By providing a signature on an application, the applicant also acknowledges that any person who knowingly makes a false statement to obtain an award of financial assistance may be required under Section 9.66(C) of the Revised Code to repay such financial assistance and shall be ineligible for any future economic development assistance from the State of Ohio, any state agency, or political subdivisions. Also, any person who provides a false statement to secure economic development assistance may be guilty of falsification, a misdemeanor of the first degree, pursuant to Section 2921.13(F)(1) of the Revised Code.
Information, documents, or other materials submitted to Development as part of an application are public records unless a statutory exception exists under Section 149.43 of the Revised Code or other relevant law that exempts the information, document, or other material from public release.
If you have additional questions, please send us a message at SmallBizRelief@Development.Ohio.gov.