Newton County Small Business Grant Program

Newton County is offering its Small Business Relief Grant Program to offer up to $20,000 for for-profit businesses with up to 25 employees at the time of application.

The Small Business Grant Application deadline of Aug. 10 has passed.

Eligible businesses/applicants

• The business must be a for-profit businesses operating within Newton County, Georgia.

• The business must have 25 or fewer employees.

The business must have been in operation on or before March 3, 2021, and still, be in operation currently.

• The business must be willing to enter into a contractual relationship between the County and the business to ensure compliance with City, State, and Federal guidelines.

• The business will have priority if it is located in a Qualified Census Tract (QCT).

• The business must possess the capacity to be successful with the use of American Rescue Plan Act funds.

• If the business is a sole proprietorship or a partnership, each person owning an interest in the business must be at least 18 years old.

• If the business is a sole proprietorship, the business must have a valid occupational tax certificate consisting of the owner’s social security number. If the business is anything other than a sole proprietorship, it must have a valid occupational tax certificate containing the Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) of the business.

• The business must have a State Employer Number and business bank account in the name of the business.

• If the business is a corporation, limited liability company, or limited partnership, it must be registered in good standing with the Georgia Secretary of State.

• The business must not currently be in bankruptcy. If the business is a sole proprietorship or a partnership, no person owning an interest in the business may currently be in bankruptcy.

• The business must be current with property taxes and any fees collected with property taxes or has a payment plan with the tax collector.

Eligible Use of Funds

Only expenses from March 3, 2021 and on are eligible to be used for the grant. Funds may be used for the following:

  • Payroll
  • Mortgages
  • Rent
  • Other Reasonable Business Expenses

Ineligible Use of Funds

Funds under this program may not be used to:

  • Pay off non-business debt, such as personal credit cards for purchases not associated with the business
  • Purchase personal expenses such as buying a new family car or making repairs to a participant’s home
  • Direct financing for political activities or paying off taxes and fines
  • Purchase personal items or support other businesses in which the owner may have an interest

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