New River Valley Small Business Relief Program Reopens!
New River Valley- Small businesses in the New River Valley have access to up to $15,000 for a small business relief program award to combat the impacts of the COVID19 pandemic. The Counties of Floyd, Giles, Pulaski, and Montgomery, along with the City of Radford have jointly established a regional $1.6 million grant fund, known as the New River Valley Small Business Relief Program to support the region’s small business recovery and resiliency efforts following the COVID19 outbreak. Funds for these grants has been provided by Virginia’s Department of Housing and Community Development as part of a Community Development Block Grant award to assist localities mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 on the regional economy.
Awards of up to $15,000 are being provided to eligible businesses within the region to offset business impacts. This program will be administered by Giles County, on behalf of its neighboring communities, under the oversight of a regional Application Review Committee and Project Management Team.
Eligible expenses include: rent or mortgage payments (up to 6 months’ worth, between March 12, 2020 and application date), expenses paid that were directly related to COVID-19, from March 12, 2020 through application date, equipment purchased since March 12, 2020 to maintain business or to help business maintain social/physical distancing, PPE Expenses for employees or customers, purchased since March 12, 2020 and used in place of business to sustain business operations, technology or subscriptions to assist navigating the ongoing public health situation, cleaning or maintenance supplies or services.
Eligible businesses are those that have their principal place of business located in one of the following: Floyd County and town within, Giles County and towns within, Montgomery County and the towns within, Pulaski County and towns within, or the City of Radford. The business is locally or regionally owned and must be located in the New River Valley. They have 20 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees (40 hours/week) at the application date. The business was operational by March 12, 2020 and is realizing a direct negative impact from COVID-19 (e.g. revenue loss, reduced sales, closure or suspended operation, employment decline, or business interruption). They have eligible expenses not already covered by other CARES funding or any other support funding source (e.g. PPP, local COVID-related grants, Rebuild Virginia grants, etc.), and they must be current on all fees, permits and taxes as of March 1, 2020.
The application is available online at VirginiasMtnPlayground.com/Grants and hard copies are available at the County and Town Administration buildings throughout our region. Interested businesses are encouraged to reach out to the Giles Tourism Department to discuss eligibility and answer any questions. Applications are being accepted now and will be reviewed with funds disbursed beginning in January 2022. The best contact for questions is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit NRV The New River Valley of Virginia is nestled among the mountains in Southwest Virginia. Made up of the counties of Floyd, Giles, Montgomery, and Pulaski as well as the City of Radford, these communities are home to world class higher education, a robust industrial community, and small towns with classic charm. Visit NRV is an effort of the regional tourism offices to market, develop, and promote travel and tourism to the region as well as enhancing the quality of life for those who call the NRV home.