​PALM BEACH COUNTY CARES FOR BUSINESS

Restart Business Grants - New Applications ended at 5:00pm November 6, 2020

The COVID-19 crisis forced the Palm Beach County business community to confront immense challenges.  Small business owners in particular are facing highly difficult circumstances.

The Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners approved the Restart Business Grants Program on May 15, 2020 to accelerate the reopening businesses hardest hit by COVID-19. 

Restart Business Grant Program Overview


Assistance Offered:

  • $15,000 maximum award, subject to funding availability

Eligibility Requirements:

Businesses are ELIGIBLE to apply for a one-time Restart Business Grant if it:

  • Has been operating since October 1, 2019 and was still operating on February 29, 2020
  • Is located in Palm Beach County
  • Is not a publicly traded company
  • Is not a non-profit organization
  • Has an Active Palm Beach County Business Tax Receipt or is Exempt from filing a Business Tax Receipt with the Palm Beach County Tax Collector
    • You can renew your Palm Beach County Business Tax Receipt on line if it is not currently active.         
  • Has filed IRS Income Tax Returns for 2019 or 2018
  • Has submitted payroll forms to the IRS for 2019
  • Does not exceed $5 million in total gross receipts or sales
  • Has not received any COVID-19 relief funds in the form of a grant or forgivable loan exceeding $15,000
  • Did not previously receive a Restart Business Grant
  • Is not a Child Care Provider funded by the Early Learning Coalition

Eligible Applicants:

  • Individuals - Sole Proprietors, Independent Contractors and Individual/Single-Owner Limited Liability Companies: An individual who goes into business.  The individual has complete ownership of the business and is free to make any and all decisions concerning the business.  The individual files a US Individual Income Tax Return using IRS Form 1040 and includes a Schedule C to capture profit or loss for the business.
  • Partnerships:  Consists of two or more people conducting a business together.  General partnerships file a US Return of Partnership Income using IRS Form 1065.
  • Corporations - C-Corp, S-Corp, Limited Liability Companies: A legal entity that is separate and distinct from its owners.  A C-Corp files US Corporation Income Tax Return using IRS Form 1120.  An S-Corp files a US Income Tax Return for an S Corporation using IRS Form 1120.  A Limited Liability Company can use either form, at the election of the owners. 

Eligible Uses of Grant Award:

  • Salaries/Payroll
  • Inventories
  • Commercial Lease, Mortgage, or Rent Payments
  • Utilities
  • Other Expenses incurred due to new safety provisions

What You Will Need to Apply:

  • Completed IRS W-9 FormForm must be SIGNED and DATED.  Electronic Signatures are NOT acceptaible.
  • Business Financials
    • Individuals: Sole Proprietors, Independent Contractors, Individual/Single-Owner Limited Liability Companies
      • 2019 Individual Income Tax Return* (Form 1040) including Schedule C and all other schedules/statements submitted with the tax returns to the IRS; or
      • 2018 Individual Income Tax Return* (Form 1040) including Schedule C and all other schedules/statements submitted with the tax returns to the IRS if 2019 Individual Income Tax Return is not filed;  and
      • Any payroll forms submitted to the IRS if you have employees other than yourself; and
      • Active Palm Beach County Business Tax Receipt; or
      • Palm Beach County Business Tax Receipt Exemption; and
      • For Individuals using a Fictitious Business Name:  An Active State of Florida Division of Corporations Record as shown on SunBiz.org with a filing date on or before October 1, 2019
    • Corporations:  C-Corps, S-Corps, and Limited Liability Companies
      • 2019 Corporate Income Tax Return* (Form 1120 ) including all schedules/statements submitted to the IRS; or
      • 2018 Corporate Income Tax Return* (Form 1120) including all schedules/statements submitted to the IRS if the f 2019 Corporate Income Tax Return is not filed; or
      • 2019 Income Tax Return for an S Corporation* (Form 1120-S) including all schedules/statements submitted to the IRS; or
      • 2018 Income Tax Return for an S Corporation* (Form 1120-S) including all schedules/statements submitted to the IRS if the 2019 Income Tax Return for an S Corporation is not filed; and
      • 2019 Transmittal of Wage and Tax Statements (Form W-3); or
      • Employer's Quarterly Federal Tax Return for 4th Quarter 2019 (IRS Form 941); or
      • Any other payroll forms submitted to the IRS; and
      • Active Palm Beach County Business Tax Receipt; or
      • Palm Beach County Business Tax Receipt Exemption; and
      • An Active State of Florida Division of Corporations Record as shown on SunBiz.org with a filing date on or before October 1, 2019
    • Partnership
      • 2019 Return of Partnership Income* (Form 1065); or
      • 2018 Return of Partnership Income* (Form 1065) if 2019 Return of Partnership Income is not filed; and
      • 2019 Transmittal of Wage and Tax Statements (Form W-3); or 
      • Employer's Quarterly Federal Tax Return for 4th Quarter 2019 (IRS Form 941); or
      • Any other payroll forms submitted to the IRS; and
      • Active Palm Beach County Business Tax Receipt; or
      • Palm Beach County Business Tax Receipt Exemption; and
      • For Partnerships using a Fictitious Business Name:  An Active State of Florida Division of Corporations Record as shown on SunBiz.org with a filing date on or before October 1, 2019

            * Note: All Returns must be SIGNED and DATED or must include a completed IRS e-file Signature Authorization (Form 8879) to demonstrate it was submitted electronically to the IRS.

Accessing the Restart Business Grant Portal:

      • You can still access the Restart Grant Application to make changes to existing applications through the on-line portal
      • You registered in the portal by creating a user name and password
      • You are required to attach required documentation as part of the Application completion and submission process
      • Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis    Access Restart Business Grant Program
      • Access to the portal began on October 26, 2020.  New applications no longer accepted after 5:00 p.m. on November 6, 2020 

The Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners have made available technical assistance providers for the submission of the Palm Beach County CARES Restart Business Grant for local business seeking to apply.  If you need assistance uploading documents and completing the application, please contact one of the following authorized submitters:

Western County (Belle Glade, Pahokee, South Bay) Central, North and South County
The Jackson Moore Group​ The Center for Enterprise Opportunity​
Ms. Tammy Jackson-Moore​ Ms. Lia Gaines​
(561) 914-0311​ (561) 478-2337​
Jacksonmooregroup1@gmail.com lia@ceoventures.org

 

 Questions?

      Please read the Frequently Asked Questions.

      If the FAQs do not address your question, please reach out to the Palm Beach County Department of Housing & Economic Sustainability via phone at 561-233-3600 or email at HESCARES4Busines@pbcgov.org or the Palm Beach County Office of Equal Business Opportunity via phone at 561-616-6840 or email at oebo@pbcgov.org.

       

      Important!  Please do not email your application.  Applications must be submitted through the Application Portal. 

        Due to the widespread impact of the pandemic on our local community, the County anticipates a high volume of questions. 

       We provide a significant amount of information on line – please make sure you read all available materials before reaching out directly.