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COVID Relief Small Business Assistance

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Program Overview

The City of Greenville will invest Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program funds to assist small businesses located within Greenville, North Carolina in preventing, preparing for, and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants up to $50,000 are available to eligible businesses while resources are available.


Businesses must meet ALL of the following criteria to qualify for grant award consideration:

• Must have a commercial business location within Greenville’s city limits.

• Must be a for-profit business.

• Must have $1 million or less in annual gross revenue (for calendar year 2020).

• Must have 50 or fewer W-2 employees (including the owner(s) of the business).

• May have applied for and received (or applied for and been denied) grant funding from the United States Federal Government for Federal COVID-19 related business assistance programs.

  • Documentation will be required to substantiate application and receipt of funds,

    denial, or lack of qualification for other COVID-19 Federal aid programs.

  • If applicant received federal funding (via a loan or grant), applicant will need to provide evidence to the City of a continued “unmet need” that the federal funding

    was not able to fulfill.

  • All grant awardees will be required to enter into a CDBG-CV Grant Agreement with the City prior to issuance of grant funds. The CDBG-CV Grant Agreement will require the awardee to return any funds to the City for which awardee may later receive federal funding to avoid Duplication of Benefits (DOB) per HUD policy.

• Must be structured as a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, S corporation  (S subchapter) or limited liability company (LLC). Individuals who are self-employed are also eligible to apply.

• Must be owned by a person whose annual income is at or below the HUD low to moderate income guidelines for the City of Greenville; OR, the business must retain at least one low to moderate income job / position for at least three (3) months. 

• Must have been in operation in the City of Greenville on or before January 1, 2020, and must be currently in compliance with all state or local regulations or requirements.

How do I Apply?

Applications are available online starting  December 8, 2021 The application period will be open until enough applications have been received to deplete the funding available for this program. Please click here to download the application.

Applications and accompanying documentation should be submitted to greenville.business.assistance@civitassc.com

Qualifying businesses selected to receive grants will be contacted by City staff with a request to submit additional documentation prior to issuance of grant award.

If an application is incomplete and requires additional documentation, applicants will be notified and given four (4) business days to respond or submit necessary documentation.  If the applicant is unable to complete the application, it will be denied.

Documentation Required:

Below is the documentation you will be required to provide with the application. The City will not notify of eligibility until all documentation has been received.

  1. The most common types of supporting documents to substantiate the eligibility of reimbursable expenses are receipts, invoices, and proofs of payment. Below are examples of the forms of documentation that will be requested:


    Itemized Receipt


    Proof of Payment

    An original document from the merchant showing:

    An original document from the merchant showing:

    Needed in tandem with an invoice. The following are common proofs of payment.

    • Merchant’s Name

    • Transaction Date

    • Amount Paid

    • Description of purchased


    • Description of additional

    charges (taxes, service,

    delivery, etc.)

    • Form of payment used

    • Merchant’s Name

    • Invoice Date

    • Amount Billed

    • Description of billed item(s)

    • Description of additional

    charges (taxes, service,

    delivery, etc.)

    • Photocopy of a cancelled

    check (front and back)

    • Credit card sales slip

    • Monthly credit card


    • Monthly business bank statement


    In addition to expense documentation, applicants will also be required to provide the following:

    • A copy of the applicant’s government-issued identification card or driver’s license.

    • Applicant’s most recently completed form 2019 or 2020 IRS Form 1040 (all owners 51% or business or more), Schedule C (sole proprietorship), Form 1120 (corporations), and other IRS forms as may be necessary to evidence for-profit business status and $1 million or less in annual gross revenue.

    • At least one Low to Moderate Income (LMI) Full Time Equivalent (FTE) position must be retained by the applicant / business owner.  The total annual pay for the FTE must not exceed 80% of the area medium income for a family of one ($35,500).  If this qualification cannot be met due to an FTE amount higher than $35,500, then the applicant may use the chart below by family size to determine if the FTE is at or below 80% of the area medium income.

Household Size









Income Limit Moderate









Additional Documentation:

Small Business Assistance Application

Small Business Assistance Checklist 

Income Statement Balance Sheet

Expense Worksheet

Small Business Assistance Policy & Procedures

NOTE: Guidelines, forms, and other documents utilized for this program are subject to change from time to time to ensure proper utilization of public funding.