Adams County Reopens Mini-Grant Applications to Benefit Small Businesses

As part of its COVID-19 emergency response and recovery strategy, Adams County is again accepting applications for its mini-grant program to support small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 situation. Businesses can apply for mini-grants at adamscountycovid19.org/minigrants starting today at noon.

Adams County partnered with several local Chambers of Commerce to develop these mini-grants and accepted applications for a two-week period in June. Funding has been extended to businesses with under 50 employees, up from 25, and applications will be accepted until all funds have been distributed.

“We had tremendous success with these mini-grants in June and are excited to again offer these funds to aid small businesses in Adams County,” said Mary Hodge, County Commissioner and Champion of the Business Support Response & Recovery Team. “We want to emphasize these are grants and do not have to be paid back like loans, as many small businesses aren’t in a position to take on additional debt at this time.”

Businesses can now apply for mini-grants, which are funded through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed by Congress, in these categories:

  • Business operations mini-grants have a maximum award value of $2,500 per business applicant to use for operational upgrades such as building safety enhancements to encourage social distancing, personal protective equipment for employees and customers, adjustments to air or filtration systems, or other costs associated with the enactment of COVID-19 specific operations plans.
  • Technology upgrades mini-grants have a maximum award value of $1,000 per business applicant to use for items like point-of-sale terminals or systems, including contactless payment systems, touchless entry and exit for a physical business location, temperature screening, and technology needs for the enactment of COVID-19 specific operations plans.
  • Compliance issues mini-grants have a maximum award value of $1,000 per business applicant to use for expenses such as legal support or guidance for operations during COVID-19, consulting support for operations during COVID-19, and expenses for preparation of variance requests to public health agencies.

Businesses previously awarded a mini-grant cannot apply for another in the same category, although they can apply to the others. If a business was previously denied a mini-grant through the application process, they may submit a new application. Businesses can apply in multiple categories but must submit a separate application for each category through the grant application portal at adamscountycovid19.org/minigrants.

To be eligible, businesses must meet these criteria:

  • 50 or fewer employees
  • Physical business located within Adams County (no home-based businesses, except for childcare facilities)
  • Business must have primarily in-person customer interactions
  • Open as of Dec. 31, 2019, or prior
  • Ability to demonstrate need for grant funds due to the impact of COVID-19
  • Must conduct legal activities and be in the best interest of the community
  • Cannot be in default or planning to default
  • Only locally owned franchises may apply

Please contact Adams County Economic Development Manager Max Daffron at 720.523.6823 or MDaffron@adcogov.org for more information.