Middlesex County has created a Small Business Grant program to assist small businesses that have been negatively impacted by the coronavirus.
The primary purpose of this program is to prepare, prevent and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to develop viable communities through the provision of decent housing, a suitable living environment, and the expansion of economic opportunities, principally for the benefit of persons of low and moderate income
About the Program
The CDBG-CV program was created under the federal CARES Act in a response to the economic impact the COVID-19 virus has had on the nation. It is a part of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program which is a federal formula-allocated grant program administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
How much funding is available?
Grants of up to $30,000 may be available. The individual grant amount shall be based on application review and the number of applicants. Small businesses that are not funded under this opportunity may be considered for subsequent COVID-19 relief available to the County.
Is my business eligible for this program?
Applicants must meet all of the following eligibility criteria:
- Independently or family-owned businesses with no more than 10 employees
- Businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19
- Businesses with a net annual business income of less than $100,000 based on their last federal tax return
- Businesses located and operating in Middlesex County (except Edison, New Brunswick, Old Bridge, Perth Amboy, Sayreville, and Woodbridge.)
- Businesses that employ and will retain or will hire Low and Moderate Income (LMI*) persons for jobs that don’t require specialized training or education beyond a high school diploma.
Clarification on Specialized Training: Certain jobs that require NJ State Licensing and/or the need to complete a relatively short training program or instruction can still be eligible and qualify as Low Moderate Income (LMI) Jobs under this CDBG-CV program. This may include, but is not limited to:
- Daycare school Teachers/Aides
- Certified Nurse’s Aides/Home Health Aides
- School bus drivers and other drivers of passengers
In evaluating whether job titles meet the LMI criteria, County staff will examine:
- The pay scale for the job title;
- whether any training could be completed as part of a high school vocational program or short-term training program; and
- that any type of training is both affordable and accessible to LMI persons.
This will apply equally to all business applicants with the same or similar job titles. If you are not sure if your job positions will qualify, you are encouraged to submit the application. The application process includes the county’s ability to ask for clarifying documentation on LMI jobs and the applicant’s ability to provide same.
Ready to Apply?
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