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Back-to-Business and Professional Services Grant Frequently Asked Questions

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Questions About The Program

What is the purpose of the Back to Business Grant & Professional Services Program?
Where did this funding come from?
How much funding is available for small businesses?
What types of businesses qualify?
I have a Home-Based Business. Do I qualify?
Do I need to repay the city of Clearwater?
What is the application deadline?
Which Businesses Do Not Qualify?
Am I eligible if I meet some, but not all, of the eligibility requirements?
Why are only these types of businesses getting assistance?
Which businesses qualify for this funding?
This is a “Grant and Professional Services Program”. What does that mean?

Questions About Eligibility

How do I know if my business is located in incorporated Clearwater?
How do I know if my business suffered economic damages from business interruption caused by COVID-19 since March 1?
If I’m approved, how quickly will I receive assistance?
I own more than one business in Clearwater. Can I apply for more than one grant?
I own one or more commercial properties that I rent to others for them to conduct business on the premises.  Do I qualify for a grant?
Can an owner with a short-term rental property that violates local city codes apply for this grant?  
Do all commercial locations qualify? What about hair salons?
Do Airbnb and other short-term rentals qualify?
I am a 1099 employee.  Do I qualify?
I employ 1099 workers at my business.  Do they count toward my 1-25 FTE employees?
What if I own my own business, but have no employees?
Do contractors, plumbers and carpenters qualify for the Back to Business Grant?
Can I apply if my business was deemed nonessential?
Which essential businesses will qualify for the Back to Business Grant?
Do non-profits qualify?
Will Chambers of Commerce and Business Associations qualify?
Are charter boat businesses eligible to apply for this grant?
Are businesses located in a shared work space or co-work space address eligible?
Are realtors registered as S-Corps with their home address as a business location eligible?
Do contractors, plumbers and carpenters qualify for the Back to Business Grant?
Do sole proprietors qualify?

Questions About The Application

What documentation do I need to provide?
What other documents are acceptable for the “Staffing Documentation” section?
Important NOTE for business applicants regarding the information on your W-9 form.
How does the application and approval process work?
How do I apply?
How quickly will I receive my grant once approved?
Will my business be required to report how I spent grant funds that are awarded?
Will my business be required to report how I spent grant funds that are awarded?
Can I apply for this grant through a local lending institution?
What tips would eligible applicants who have completed the process share with new applicants?
What if I have questions about the applications or whether my business qualifies?

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