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  • Martin County Business Renewal Program
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August 03, 2020 at 03:27 PM

The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis forced the Martin County business community to confront immense challenges. The purpose of the Martin County Business Renewal Program is to help Martin County businesses that have suffered financial hardship resulting from the Coronavirus pandemic. Small business owners in particular are facing extremely difficult circumstances. The Business Renewal Program focuses on small businesses with $5 million or less in total gross sales or receipts.

ASSISTANCE OFFERED: 

$20,000 maximum award, subject to funding availability.

Eligibility

A business is ELIGIBLE to apply for a one-time Business Renewal Grant if it:

  • Has been operating since October 1, 2019 and was still operating on August 1, 2020.
  • Is located in Martin County.
  • Is not a publicly traded company.
  • Is a for-profit business. Nonprofit organizations are ineligible.
  • Was subject to emergency orders at the state and/or local level requiring closure or limiting service.
  • Has an active Martin County Business Tax Receipt or is Exempt from filing a Business Tax Receipt with the Martin County Tax Collector.
  • Has filed IRS Income Tax Returns for 2019 or 2018.
  • Has payroll forms submitted to the IRS for 2019 (if applying for reimbursement of salaries/payroll).
  • 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 $20,000.

Eligible Businesses

Examples of eligible businesses include:

  • Adult Day Care Centers
  • Agriculture
  • Child Care Centers
  • Gyms and Fitness Studios
  • Hair Salons, Nail Salons, Barber Shops
  • Health Care Services and Medical Offices
  • Restaurants, Caterers, Bakeries, Bars
  • Retail – Physical brick and mortar store
  • Professional services (based on NAICS codes) that were subject to emergency orders at the state and/or local level requiring closure or limitation of service.
  • Any other business that was closed or limited by any emergency order at the state and/or local level.

Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants include:

  • Sole Proprietors or Self-employed Individuals
  • Corporations, Professional Associations or Limited Liability Companies
  • Partnerships

Eligible Uses of Award

Eligible uses of the grant award include:

  • Employee Wages/Salaries
  • Inventories
  • Commercial Lease, Mortgage or Rent Payments
  • Utilities
  • Other expenses incurred due to new safety provisions related to COVID-19

Required Documents

1.) Complete Business Renewal Program Grant Application (PDF)

2.) Complete IRS W-9 Form (PDF)

3.) Business Financials:

  • Individual (Sole Proprietor, Independent Contractor, Individual/Single-Owner Limited Liability Company)
    • 2019 Individual Income Tax Return (Form 1040) including Schedule C and all other schedules/statements submitted with the tax returns to IRS; or
    • 2018 Individual Income Tax Return (Form 1040) including Schedule C and all other schedules/statements submitted with the tax returns to IRS; and
    • Any payroll forms submitted to IRS for the period of October 1, 2019 to August 1, 2020 [payroll forms are only required if you are requesting salary/payroll reimbursement]; and
    • Active Martin County Business Tax Receipt; or 
    • Written Statement attesting to your business exemption; and
    • Completed Request for Taxpayer Identification and Certification (Form W-9)
    • Copy of your Active State of Florida Division of Corporations Record as shown on SunBiz.org (if applicable)
    • Any funding request/justification documentation (as outlined in question No. 20 of application) 
       
  • Corporation (C-Corp, S-Corp, Limited Liability Company)
    • 2019 Corporate Income Tax Return (Form 1120 or 1120-S); or
    • 2018 Corporate Income Tax Return (Form 1120 or 1120-S) if 2019 Corporate Income Tax Return 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 payroll forms submitted to IRS for the period of October 1, 2019 to August 1, 2020 [payroll forms are only required if you are requesting salary / payroll reimbursement]; and
    • Active Martin County Business Tax Receipt; or
    • Written Statement attesting to your business exemption; and
    • Completed Request for Taxpayer Identification and Certification (Form W-9)
    • Copy of your Active State of Florida Division of Corporations Record as shown on SunBiz.org; and
    • Any funding request/justification documentation (as outlined in question No. 20 of application)
       
  • 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 payroll forms submitted to IRS for the period of October 1, 2019 to August 1, 2020 [payroll forms are only required if you are requesting salary / payroll reimbursement]; and
    • Active Martin County Business Tax Receipt; or
    • Written Statement attesting to your business exemption; and
    • Completed request for Taxpayer Identification and Certification (Form W-9)
    • Copy of your Active State of Florida Division of Corporations Record as shown on SunBiz.org (if applicable)
    • Any funding request/justification documentation (as outlined in question No. 20 of application)

HOW TO SUBMIT

General Instructions:

1.) Complete the application. Only completed applications with all questions answered and all required documentation provided will be processed.
2.) Please be sure to sign the application and have your signature notarized.
3.) Please do not staple the application or any attachments. You may secure the packet together with a binder clip or in a manila envelope. 

Deliver the signed original application (with attachments) to the Martin County Business Renewal Center, located at the Peter & Julie Cummings Library. The Business Renewal Center is located in the Community Room, at the south entrance of the library. Please label it Attention: Dan Hudson, Project Manager.

Location:

Peter and Julie Cummings Library
2551 SW Matheson Avenue
Palm City, Florida 34990

Hours of Operation (beginning Monday, August 3):

Monday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Alternatively, you may deliver it to the Martin County Administrative Center, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart FL 34996. Please label it Attention: George M. Stokus, Assistant County Administrator. 

Application Deadline:

We intend to keep the program open until November 30, 2020, but this date may change as it is subject to funding availability.

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

Please read the program FAQs via the button above. If the FAQs do not address your question, you may contact the Business Renewal Center at (772) 288-5951, or email sbrc@martin.fl.us. Due to the anticipated high volume of applications and questions, please review the FAQs first.

IMPORTANT! Please do not email your application. Applications must be submitted in person at the Peter and Julie Cummings Library.

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