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Posted on: June 26, 2020

Taylor Together: Small Business Relaunch Grant Program opens

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The City of Taylor is offering small business relaunch grants of up to $7,500 as part of its “Taylor Together: Small Business Relaunch Grant Program.” This program will aid the business community in overcoming the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic. Applications will be accepted through July 20.

To be eligible for the City’s grant relaunch program, you need to be a business or non-profit employing less than 25 employees and physically located in Taylor. Those applying must be current with property and personal taxes paid through 2019; show proof of insurance; and must be a licensed business in Taylor prior to February 29, 2020.

Businesses applying for the City’s relaunch program should be ready to supply copies of the following:

  • Profit and loss or tax statements for 2017, 2018 and 2019
  • Estimated revenues for January-May 2020
  • Estimated revenue losses for April-May 2020
  • Proof of location in Taylor (lease or deed)
  • Complete W-9 form and voided check

If eligible, you can apply here. All requests will be numerically scored and judged by an internal committee. The City has up to $200,000 in grants. Another $26,000 is allocated to personal protection equipment and cleaning support, which will be rolled out at a later date. In the application process, qualifying businesses can request a grant, PPE assistance or both.

The City’s Community Development Department is a vested partner in assisting businesses by leveraging funding that was part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The program will use U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grants to aid in various relaunch costs incurred after March 23, 2020, including:

  • Rent, lease or mortgage
  • Payroll
  • Health care
  • Utilities
  • Personal protection equipment, sanitation supplies or electrostatic cleaning

Small businesses make the country run. According to 2016 data, businesses with 20 or less staffers employ 16 percent of the nation’s total workforce. Firms with 500 or less staffer employ 46 percent of America’s workers, and firms with 100 or less account for another 33 percent of the workforce.

America’s unemployment rate was 13.3 percent last month, among the highest recorded figures in U.S. history. Official numbers for April and May should have been worse due to errors in the data collection process, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Michigan has been hit hard – its unemployment rate of 22 percent trends higher than every state except Nevada. It was one of only six states that lost more than 1 million jobs. So there is plenty of work to do in an effort to reset the economy.

“We’re focusing on getting applications from small businesses, micro-businesses, that were substantially affected in a negative manner from the state’s stay home orders,” Community Development Manager Jeff Baum said. “Shutting down non-essential businesses put them in a tough spot. It effected their ability to make their payroll, pay their rent or mortgages, supplies and such.”

Not every applicant will receive funding, and not every application accepted will receive the highest award of $7,500.

“We have developed a scoring system that will help the committee judge the needs of the applicants, in an attempt to award the relaunch monies,” Baum said. “The goal is to partner with our business community, help them over this hurdle, give them a boost and keep economic development in our City healthy.”

The “Taylor Together” program is multi-faceted and ever changing. Before the relaunch grant program was announced, Taylor created and approved an emergency ordinance streamlining a business’s ability to expand use of outdoor property, events, signage and other activities related to governmental restrictions due to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic. This Temporary Emergency COVID-19 Recovery Ordinance immediately enabled restaurateurs and bar owners to, in certain circumstances, expand outdoor seating and other offerings. They still go through a step-by-step process to receive an Outdoor Dining & Seating Permit, but the entire program has been streamlined.

For more information, call the Community Development Department at (734) 258-4180.

(NOTE: Wayne County is running a larger, parallel, “Back to Work” grant program, with $50M in available funding and will be offering some 5,000 grants. The county offers up to $10,000 per grant and its applications must be received by July 10. Find out more about the county program here.)


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