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Welcome to the application portal for the Cherokee LMI (Low to Moderate Income) Small Business Grant. Please review the information below to assist you in completing your application.

How long will it take to complete the application?

  • 30-40 minutes, on average, provided you have already obtained a DUNS/CAGE code.

Short on time?

  • You can save your application at any point and come back later.

Once finished, what happens next?

  • You will receive a confirmation email from us. We will review your application upon submission and contact you for incomplete information or errors.

 

If this is your first time on the grant site, please review the instructions below and use the link at the bottom of the page to create an account. After creating your account, you will have access to the grant application.

PLEASE NOTE: If you do not already have a CAGE Code to submit with your application, please be sure to visit SAM.gov and apply for one NOW so you will have it if you are selected to receive funds. See our website at www.cherokeega.org/grants, scroll down and read the PROCESS FOR OBTAINING A CAGE CODE section. There is no cost to obtain a CAGE Code. If you find yourself on a website requesting $600, leave that site and go to SAM.gov.

Thank you for your interest in the Cherokee LMI Small Business Grant. We have been so pleased to support nearly 50 Cherokee County small businesses with the award of over $500,000 in our two rounds of grant funding. Applications meeting eligibility criterion are still being accepted on a limited basis until funds are depleted. 

Prior to applying, please review the information below to ensure proper receipt of your application.
Please have the following documents ready for submission:

  • If you are a For Profit, Sole Proprietor or Partnership, you will be required to submit the following:
    • Completed online digitally signed Grant Application Form
    • A stimulus fund affidavit detailing any federal stimulus monies received including type, amount, dates of disbursement and when funds were expended
    • Copy of 2019 and 2020 business tax return (entire document) 
    • Copy of 2019 and 2020 personal tax return, Sole Proprietors (entire document)  
    • 2019 and 2020 Profit and Loss Statements 
    • 2019 and 2020 Balance Sheets (if available) 
    • Copy of 2nd, 3rd and 4th Quarter 2020, GA 941 Quarterly Federal Tax Return forms 
    • Copy of 2nd, 3rd and 4th Quarter 2020, GA Unemployment Form DOL-4N, Tax and Wage Report (if you have employees) 
    • Copy of Annual Registration from Georgia Secretary of State’s office (with the exception of sole proprietors)
    • Copy of current business license issued by Cherokee County or a Cherokee County municipality (Ball Ground, Canton, Holly Springs, Nelson, Waleska, Woodstock) 
  • If you are a NON-PROFIT, you will be required to submit the following:
    • Completed online digitally signed Grant Application Form
    • A stimulus fund affidavit detailing any federal stimulus monies received including type, amount, dates of disbursement and when funds were expended
    • 2020 (or most recent) 990 filing (Form 990, 990EZ or 990N) [YOU MAY UPLOAD IN PLACE OF 2020 BUSINESS TAX RETURN]
    • 2019 and 2020 Statements of Financial Position (a/k/a Balance Sheet) [YOU MAY UPLOAD IN PLACE OF 2018 BUSINESS TAX RETURN]
    • 2019 and 2020 YTD Profit & Loss Statements
    • Payroll register for 3rd and 4th quarter 2020 OR Copy of 2nd, 3rd and 4th quarter 2020, GA Unemployment Form DOL-4N, Tax and Wage Report (with the exception of sole proprietors) 
    • Copy of 2nd, 3rd and 4th Quarter 2020, GA 941 Quarterly Federal Tax Return forms; 
    • Copy of Annual Registration from Georgia Secretary of State’s office (with the exception of sole proprietors)
    • Copy of current business license (if you have one) issued by Cherokee County or a Cherokee County municipality (Ball Ground, Canton, Holly Springs, Nelson, Waleska, Woodstock). Note: Cherokee County does not require non-profits to hold a business license, but please submit yours if you have one.

 Please ensure that you meet all eligibility requirements for the grant:

  • Business must have experienced and be able to demonstrate a negative economic impact due to the Coronavirus pandemic;
  • Business should employ 500 people or less. W2 full-time or full-time equivalent (FTE) positions qualify. 1099 employees are not eligible for consideration;
  • Business must be retaining, rehiring or creating jobs meeting the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) LMI salary threshold of no more than $48, 300.00 on a gross annual basis, which equates to 2,080 annual hours or 40 hours/week. Part time employees will be considered and scaled accordingly. Part time employees submitted must work a minimum of 15 hours/week.
  • 70% of the company's jobs must meet the LMI threshold of $48,300.00 or less annually;
  • For profit, non-profits, partnerships and sole proprietors are eligible to apply, sole proprietor must meet the LMI income threshold;
  • Business should hold a valid business license issued through Cherokee County , Ball Ground, Canton, Holly Springs, Nelson, Waleska or Woodstock;
  • Business must have been in continuous operation (not including mandated shutdowns) since October 1, 2019;
  • Business should be current on all Cherokee County and municipal taxes and fees;
  • Business headquarters or primary location must be within Cherokee County. For purposes of this grant program, primary location is defined by having 80% of your total employee count physically located at or reporting to the Cherokee location;
  • Publicly traded companies and corporately-owned franchises are not eligible for this grant. For the purposes of this grant program, corporately-owned franchises are defined as primary ownership interest and operation by the parent company;
  • Business  must certify if they have received Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) or other federal funds;
  • Ineligible businesses include: gambling institutions, multi-level marketing organizations, real estate investment trusts, and adult entertainment, per CARES Act legislation;
  • Business must not have been debarred or suspended from doing business with the federal government and must provide a Commercial and Governmental Entity (CAGE) code for verification;
  • Applicants will be deemed ineligible if any owner is presently involved in any bankruptcy or criminal action.
  • Applicant must not be in the process of selling their business. 
  • If your business has already received LMI Small Business Grant funding, you are not eligible to reapply. 

Grant Tiers & Eligible Uses

There are three tiers of grant, based on number of employees.  

  • If you have 1-10 (W2) employees, you are eligible to apply for up to $10,000; 
  • If you have 11-50 (W2) employees, you are eligible to apply for up to $20,000; 
  • If you have 51-500 (W2) employees, you are eligible to apply for up to $30,000. 

This is a reimbursable grant in which applicants will be reimbursed for eligible expenditures they have already incurred, provided the funds are used to prevent, prepare and respond to the coronavirus and its effects. The spirit of this program is intended to support retention, rehiring and creation of LMI positions. However, other expenses described below are eligible.

Businesses will provide evidence of eligible expenses already incurred, with a detailed description and supporting documentation. Documentation of LMI positions is also required. 

Grant funds may be used for the following:

  • Payroll to retain, rehire or create new jobs; all positions must meet HUD’s LMI threshold of no more than $48,300.00 on a gross annual basis, which equates to 2,080 annual hours or 40 hours/week. Submitted part time positions will be scaled accordingly. Federal regulations prevent a duplication of benefits. Therefore, you must have expended any Payroll Protection Program (PPP) funds received to use this grant for payroll expenses.
  • Rent
  • Utilities
  • Vendors
  • PPE and other supplies/costs to ensure employee and customer safety

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND OUR FAQ SECTION, PLEASE VISIT www.cherokeega.org/grants.

If you have any questions, please reach out to the team at grantinfo@cherokeega.org or 770-528-4912. We look forward to reviewing your application!

 

Click Here To submit your application – If you have not created an account, you will be prompted to do so. Make sure to record your email and password as you will need them to return to the portal. To continue your saved application, you can login using the panel on the left.