Available Now! Application Form for City of Miami Beach Small Business Grant
The application is now available online for the City grant aimed at Miami Beach small businesses affected by the pandemic. The program aims to avoid job losses and assist those small businesses affected by emergency orders and business closures by providing working capital to help retain jobs held by low-income residents.
Award recipients will receive grants up to $10,000 for use on any business expense, such as payroll, utilities, rents, and COVID-related expenditures. Award recipients must hire or retain, for a period of 12 months, one (1) employee that resides in a Miami Beach household earning 80% or less AMI*, otherwise the award must be repaid back to the City. The business is not required to hire a new employee if a current employee earns 80% or less AMI and is a Miami Beach resident.
Funding is limited and recipients will be randomly selected by lottery. Eligible businesses will be entered into one of two drawings: (1) businesses participating in the MB Standard program and (2) businesses who are not. For more information about MB Standard, click here.
To be eligible, the following must apply to the business:
- 5 employees or less, including the business owner
- Only “nonessential” businesses that were forced to shut down during the pandemic, pursuant to an emergency order (i.e. no restaurants, banks, grocers etc.)
- Located in the City of Miami Beach, with a valid BTR since February 1, 2019
- Good standing with the Code Compliance and Finance departments.
- Ability to retain or create, for a minimum of 12 months, one employee that resides in a Miami Beach household earning no more than 80% area median income (AMI)
- Before applying, the business owner MUST verify that it has an employee, or is reasonably able to hire an employee, whose household meets this income requirement. Explanation of AMI is provided in the application.
|Household Size||1-Person||2-Person||3-Person||4 -Person||5 -Person||6-Person||7-Person||8-Person|
|Low-Income (80%) AMI||$51,200||$58,500||$65,800||$73,100||$78,950||$84,800||$90,650||$96,500|
How to Apply
To apply for the Miami Beach Small Business Grant please click here . Applications will only be accepted between Monday, June 15 and Friday, June 26 at 5 PM. Following screening for eligibility, applicants will be entered in either one of two lottery drawings: (1) businesses participating in the MB Standard program or (2) businesses who are not participating in the program. For more information about MB Standard, click here or visit MBbiz.com. Following expiration of the application window, award recipients will be randomly selected by lottery until program funding is depleted. If a business fails to meet eligibility requirements, the business will be disqualified from consideration.
Miami Beach is Keeping the Small Business Spirit Alive
In collaboration with Culture Crusaders the City of Miami Beach Economic Development department has constructed a survey to disseminate to businesses to collect current operating information.
This information will be used to learn more about your business and your current operations so we can include it in an editorial write-up/directory that will be published on www.culturecrusaders.com and disseminated digitally throughout Miami. We'd love to share updates on how consumers can still support your business during this difficult time.
Looking to support small businesses? Check out our directory of businesses in Miami Beach that are participating in this Campaign, here
To access the survey please click here
The US Chamber of Commerce has created a newsletter as an overview of continuous coronavirus coverage for business owners, for the most up-to-date information, please check the US Chamber Site or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook for daily updates.
Biz Help Miami has created a hands-on assistance to small businesses with the application process for C.A.R.E.S. Act loans/grants, and potentially other funding. Guidance includes identifying required documentation and how to access it, possible review of small business packages prior to submitting them, and the process for submitting.
Business Pandemic Planning Checklist
To assist with the potential financial impact on your business, please visit the following link for information to help maintain the continuity of your operations: Business Pandemic Planning Checklist .
Resilience in a Box
This collection of resources educates business leaders on disaster preparedness and helps put them on a path to resilience. Read more on the Good360 blog .
U.S. Department of Labor
The Wage and Hour Division provides information on common issues employers and employees face when responding to influenza, pandemics, or other public health emergencies, and their effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act and job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act. Click here to learn more.