Maricopa County Small Business/Nonprofit Relief Grants- Phase 2

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Maricopa County is offering grants up to $25,000* to small businesses and nonprofits experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Relief grants are intended to support the continued viability of small businesses and nonprofits across the Valley. For-profit businesses and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations located in Maricopa County, but not within the cities of Mesa or Phoenix**, are eligible. 

*While funding is available; applying for a grant does not guarantee funds will be awarded. Program administered by the Arizona Community Foundation.

**If your organization is located within the City of Phoenix, check out funding opportunities for Phoenix small businesses.

Deadlines

Phase 1 of the program closed on July 31, 2020. Phase 2 will provide a broader approach to supporting qualified small businesses and nonprofits by expanding eligibility criteria.

Applications for Phase 2 will be accepted beginning Monday, August 17 through Friday, October 2, 2020. Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis until funding is exhausted or the grant period closes.

Qualifications

To qualify, small business and nonprofits must meet all of the following requirements:

  • In operation in Maricopa County, but not within the cities of Phoenix or Mesa, prior to January 1, 2019.
  • Employs 50 or fewer full-time equivalents as of March 1, 2020.
  • Did not generate more than $5 million in gross revenues between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019.
  • Gross revenues declined by at least 25% as a result of COVID-19 from March through June 2020 as compared to March through June 2019.
  • Meets required zoning and regulatory requirements including:
    • Having the proper zoning entitlements.
    • Not having any active enforcement actions against the applicant by Maricopa County or their respective city/town government.
    • Being in substantial compliance, meaning that the County or respective city/town has not taken any enforcement action authorized by law for any deficiencies.
    • Is in good standing with the Arizona Corporation Commission.
  • Complies with the following provisions:
    • Not an adult-oriented business as defined by A.R.S. § 11-811 (E)(5).
    • Not engaged in the growth, harvest, storage, transport, distribution, use or otherwise providing cannabis for medical or recreational purposes.
    • Not owned, in whole or part, by a Maricopa County official or employee who, in their official capacity, participates in the oversight, development or implementation of the Maricopa County Small Business/Nonprofit Relief Program.

What qualifications have changed in Phase 2?

The Phase 2 eligibility qualifications are different than Phase 1. These changes provide additional flexibility to new and already awarded applicants. Below, we have highlighted what criteria have changed.

  • Applicants are now eligible for grants up to $25,000. In Phase 1, grants were awarded up to $10,000.
  • Applicants with 50 or fewer full-time equivalents are now eligible. In Phase 1, applicants were limited to 25 or fewer FT employees.
  • Applicants with $5 million or less in gross revenue are now eligible. In Phase 1, applicants were limited to $3 million or less in gross revenue.
  • Applicants who experienced gross revenue declines by at least 25% from March through June 2020 as compared to March through June 2019 are now eligible. In Phase 1, applicants were asked to report gross revenue declines by at least 25% from March through April 2020 as compared to March through April 2019.
  • Applicants that have received COVID-related government assistance, including Payroll Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loan, SBA Express Bridge Loans, and SBA Debt Relief, are now eligible to apply. In Phase 1, the receipt of additional COVID-related government assistance prevented businesses from applying.

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 MaricopaRelief@azfoundation.org. Thank you for your patience as we work to deploy funding to Maricopa County small businesses and nonprofits as quickly as possible.

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