By Mike S Payton, Contributing Reporter
DELRAY BEACH, FLORIDA – The City of Delray Beach announced yesterday they are offering a one-time Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-CV) for eligible small businesses of up to $35,000. The program is intended to help local businesses affected by the Coronavirus pandemic pay employees.
The eligibility criteria and application requirements are listed in entirety on the City’s website. Applications will be accepted from 8AM on January 5th through 11:59 PM on January 19, 2021, and considered on a first come first serve basis.
Ferline F. Mesidort, Neighborhood Services Administrator for the City of Delray Beach explained. “Businesses that meet the criteria within the executive order are eligible to apply. Some examples are restaurants, barbers, salons, and others that are not on the ineligible business list.”
Businesses can apply for the grant if they have been operating since October 1, 2019 through February 29, 2020, and located in City of Delray Beach Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) target area.
Mesidort added “This grant allows for a business to have funds directly set aside for job retention for an employee that is at or below eighty percent of the area median income (household of one (1) making no more than $49,200). This total changes as the household size adjusts,” she said.
Some other criteria is that the business can’t be a publicly traded company or a non-profit, and have an active Delray Beach Business Tax Receipt and/or Palm Beach County Business Tax Receipt (or be exempt)
Eligible businesses are those who were not permitted to open or told to limit their services based on Governor DeSantis’s Executive Order (EO) 20-72 or Palm Beach County’s Emergency Order (EO) 20-002a or Delray Beach Res. No. 75-20.
It also includes individuals – Sole Proprietors, Independent Contractors and Individual/Single-Owner Limited Liability Companies, as well as Partnerships or Corporations such as C-Corp, S-Corp, Limited Liability Companies.
The use of grant funds can be used strictly for salaries or payroll, and job retention. To apply, one must access, complete, and submit the application through the City of Delray Beach Neighborhood Services Page. All documents must be complete, signed and provided at the time of applying.
The program is administered though the Neighborhood and Community Services division of the City, whose mission is to ‘bridge and engage Delray Beach’s diverse residents with resources to maintain, revitalize, and promote healthy communities.’
The Department staff also has been assisting residents impacted by Covid-19 apply for Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) to be used for rental and mortgage assistance payments or emergency repairs for income-eligible persons who have experienced hardships related to the COVID-19 emergency.
The Neighborhood Services Division is responsible for the administration, management and implementation of various federal, state and local grant-funded programs that benefit the low, very-low and moderate-income households living within designated target areas.
The division provides services and housing opportunities through various sources: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), State Housing Initiatives Partnership Program (SHIP), Residential Construction Mitigation Program (RCMP), Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), Solid Waste Authority (SWA) and City funds.