REVIVE Program/Inyo County CARES Act Funding for Local Small Businesses
The deadline to apply has passed.
Applications were due September 18, 2020 by 5pm
On August 18, 2020, the Inyo County Board of Supervisors approved the creation of the REVIVE Program, providing grant assistance to small, independently owned, businesses located in Inyo County to aid in maintaining their business and workforce, thereby restoring vital and valuable Inyo County commerce.
The REVIVE Program will be led by Assistant CAO, Leslie Chapman. Inyo County will convene a Grant Administration Committee, which will provide grants up to $25,000 each to qualifying Inyo County businesses. Grants will be funded no later than November 6, 2020.
These funds must solely be used for expenditures incurred between March 1, 2020 and December 30, 2020 and fall under one or more of the following categories:
- Operating Expenses
- Business telework equipment costs
- Inventory Acquisition (inventory needed to reopen or maintain open status)
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) purchase
- Facility Readiness (social distancing preparedness, business modifications, etc.)
Priority will be given to those small businesses who did not receive PPP, PPE, or funds from another source. If you did receive funding, you may still apply with the understanding that first considerations will be given to those who did not receive separate funds.
The federal funds are provided locally through the CARES Act.
The REVIVE Program provides up to $800,000.00 in one-time grants up to $25,000 each to qualifying local small businesses such as restaurants, child care facilities, personal services, etc., to directly mitigate the economic impacts of COVID-19.
While similar to the federal Payroll Protection Program (PPP), the county's program provides increased flexibility and will be available only to local small businesses with less than 100 employees.
Inyo County will convene a Grant Administration Committee to administer the COVID-19 REVIVE program, which will provide grants up to $25,000 each to qualifying Inyo County businesses.
Applicants should thoroughly review the eligibility and application process. Applications will be scored using a combination of the 3-Tier system, with Tier 1 having the highest designation as well as additional criteria defined below and in the REVIVE Evaluation Sheet.
Submission of an incomplete or inaccurate application may result in ineligibility for program funding. Inyo County is committed to timely review and processing to ensure award recipients can apply this resource to the successful continuation of business operations.
If your answer is "yes" to all of the questions below then you are eligible to apply.
- Were you in business prior to March 1, 2020?
- Is your business independently owned and operated?
- Was your business directly impacted by COVID-19 and you will utilize loan proceeds to mitigate these impacts?
- Have you averaged one hundred (100) or fewer concurrent employees from March 1, 2019, through March 1, 2020?
- Is your business located within Inyo County?
- Are your business licenses, certificates, registrations, or permits in good standing with the local jurisdictions and the State?
- Are you able to remain open at least 30 days after receiving grant funding, or reopen within 30 days of Governor’s announcement to lift closure orders, otherwise, business must return the REVIVE Grant funds.
- Applicants who have criminal convictions, active bankruptcy proceedings, outstanding judgments, or tax liens may not qualify.
My business already received funding through the Federal Paycheck Protection Plan (PPP), Federal Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), or any other source of grant funds awarded by Federal, State or Local Authorities, am I eligible for this program?
Although businesses that have received PPP, PPE, SBA, or other COVID-19 sourced related funding are eligible for this program, preference is being given to organizations that have not yet received these types of financial assistance. All applications received will be screened, categorized and reviewed by the REVIVE Grant Award Committee.
- Accepting applications until September 18, 2020. (must be received by 5 p.m. on September 18, 2020)
Application Review Period:
- September 21, 2020 through October 16, 2020.
Notifications to Businesses:
- October 19, 2020 through October 23, 2020.
- No later than Friday, November 6, 2020.
Inyo County will provide Small Business Relief Grants in amounts up to $25,000 to an eligible small business that has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. If a business closes permanently before receiving the Small Business Relief Grant or, if a business is currently closed and does not open within 30 days of receiving this grant funding (or within 30 days of Governor's announcement to lift closure orders), the REVIVE Grant funds must be returned to the County.
Inyo County will prioritize applications on three tiers:
- TIER 1: Businesses that were closed and reopened at reduced capacity due to COVID-19 modifications, or businesses that were required to re-close. Examples include: dine-in restaurants; child care facilities; personal services (hair and nail salons, massage therapy, tattoo parlors and skin care services); gyms & fitness studios; movie theaters; family entertainment (bowling alleys, ,arcades, etc.); Indoor zoos and museums, card rooms, indoor and outdoor operations of bars, brewpubs, breweries & pubs.
- TIER 2: Businesses that were required to close, reopened and continue to remain open such as Hotels, motels, short term lodging; campgrounds; tribal casinos & gambling ; “non-essential” retail and shopping centers; office based businesses; car washes; pet grooming; landscape gardening; and film, music and TV production.
- TIER 3: Essential business that remained open during the executive order including grocery stores; hardware stores; sporting goods stores; manufacturers and logistics.
The following priorities will be used in the application review process:
- Prioritizing business that have not received either SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) or other SBA, government or other grant source related to COVID-19.
- Applicants operating out of a physical storefront within the County limits of Inyo County will be prioritized.
- Applicants whose businesses are independently owned and operated.
The deadline to apply was September 18, 2020 by 5:00pm
Grant submissions must be done electronically through the CARES REVIVE Grant web page unless other arrangements are made.
Please carefully read the Grant Guidelines thoroughly. There are attachments required to complete this application. You will not be able to submit the application unless all mandated data fields are completed and the appropriate documents attached.
You will have the opportunity to save your progress and complete your application at a later time.
These are the required documents that must be completed and submitted. For your convenience, all of the documents are contained in the application link provided.
a. Reimbursement of lost revenue due to business interruption cost (sole proprietor's must submit a schedule c)*
2. Estimated Economic Injury Worksheet
3. W-9 Form for business* (download blank form here), and
4. Electronic Payment Form with Voided Business check*
* Must attach to application where indicated
Grant recipients will be required to Report-Out how the funding was spent 30 days after funding was received. All grants are subject to audit for five (5) years after the final expenditure report is submitted and approved by the County.
Please visit this page after the grants have been awarded. The County will provide the REVIVE Grant Program Final Reporting document here.