I Choose Chandler
Business Hiring & Retention Program

local businesses in Chandler, Arizona

The City of Chandler is providing businesses impacted by the effects of COVID-19 with grants up to $10,000*, based on their employee retention and hiring.

The I Choose Chandler Business Hiring and Retention Program will provide qualifying businesses with $1,300 per employee retained or hired since Dec. 31, 2019, up to a maximum of $10,000. 

These funds are intended to provide a direct benefit to the citizens of Chandler by supporting Chandler businesses that are keeping employees on payroll as they adjust to revenue losses and business disruptions caused by COVID-19. Approximately $9.5 million is available through the program on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

*While funding is available; total amount is based upon employees retained or hired; applying for a grant does not guarantee funds will be awarded. Program administered by the Arizona Community Foundation.

Deadlines

Applications will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. on Monday, November 2, 2020. Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Note: Any business that started an application prior to October 6, 2020, and was not approved, will need to resubmit with a new application.

Qualifications 

Businesses in all industries are now eligible to apply. The first two application periods, which ran from August 17, 2020, to October 5, 2020, were limited to businesses in select industries that have been most affected by COVID-19, based on unemployment insurance claims reported by the State of Arizona and anticipated job losses following the Governor’s Executive Order requiring gyms and fitness clubs to pause operations. The program is now open to any business that meets the eligibility criteria listed in the following section.

Criteria

  • Private, for-profit business located in the City of Chandler;
  • 100 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees or fewer, including all commonly owned/managed businesses. To determine number of FTE employees, businesses should assign a 1.0 for employees who work 40 or more hours per week and 0.5 for employees who work fewer hours.
  • Business must agree to submit a copy of its December 2019 IRS Form 941 (Employer's Quarterly Federal Tax Return) and the latest quarter's Form 941 showing employee hiring and retention verification. If you have hired employees since your latest Form 941 filing, please attach alternative payroll documentation showing your current employee count along with your latest Form 941. If the IRS does not require your business to individually file Form 941, alternative payroll documentation must be submitted to verify employee hiring and retention. This documentation should show number of employees for the final pay period in December 2019, and number of employees for the pay period immediately prior to your Business Hiring and Retention Program application.
  • Business must submit a copy of its IRS Form W-9;
  • Not affiliated with another business under common ownership/management that has applied for the job retention/hiring grant;
  • Is not a home-based business; business must own or lease non-residential property;
  • If the business leases a property, the business must commit to remain in Chandler through Dec. 31, 2020;
  • A start date prior to March 11, 2020 (Date of the Governor’s Emergency Declaration); and
  • Registered business with the City of Chandler.

Frequently Asked Questions

Check out the answers to some frequently asked questions related to this grant program.

Program Guidelines

Read the program guidelines before applying.

Apply Online

To apply, create a new account within the application platform, then fill out the grant application.
To create a new account:

  1. Go to www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=azfoundation
  2. Click Create New Account. Please watch the tutorial video for step-by-step instructions on how to set up an account for your organization.

Begin Your Application

For more information or application questions, please email icc@azfoundation.org. Thank you for your patience as we work to deploy funding to Chandler businesses as quickly as possible.

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