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November 17, 2020 Update
Governor Carney has announced an expansion of the DE Relief Grants program for businesses hardest hit by COVID-19 restrictions.
The expansion will provide up to $25 million in additional relief for hundreds of businesses most significantly impacted by these changes. Qualifying businesses, including restaurants and taprooms, will receive double their original grant allocation.
Eligible businesses will receive direct outreach from the Division of Small Business about the added funds (no need to reach out).
During the Division of Small Business webinar on applying for the second round of DE Relief Grants, more than 700 participants asked more than 500 questions in the chat box and Q&A. While they could not all be addressed during the session, DSB staff has compiled answers to all the questions* asked in both areas as a tool for those in attendance and those not able to be part of the event. (*note: some answers may not reflect changes for Round 3 of grant applications)
DE Relief Grants give Delaware small businesses and nonprofits access to funds to cover expenses and provide relief related to COVID-19 .
Find more information on DE Relief Grants below.
When the grant application is live, you will find it on this web page. So, check back frequently, sign up above for email updates and follow the Division of Small Business on social media (Facebook and Twitter).
Webinar: Round 1 preparation (starts at 3:30 mark)
Application portal demonstration
Webinar: Preparing for Round 2, lessons from Round 1
Short version: Preparing for Round 2, lessons from Round 1
At least 51 percent of the business or nonprofit’s operations must be physically located in the state of Delaware. Businesses and nonprofits whose sole connection to Delaware is that they are incorporated here, are not eligible.
Businesses that have received previous grants or loans from the State (EDGE, HELP, DTIP, etc.) are eligible to apply for DE Relief Grants.
Again, all small businesses, based on the SBA definition, and many non-profits are eligible for a DE Relief Grant (see the previous question/answer for more).
Additionally, disproportionately impacted industries qualify for the following:
The below industries are designated as disproportionately impacted.
Businesses with NAICS code on their 2019 tax returns starting with the following sets of two numbers:
Businesses with NAICS code on their 2019 tax returns starting with the following sets of four numbers:
*If you are unsure if an expense would eligible, connect with a regional business manager for assistance
Gather the following documents, which you will need to submit as part of your grant application:
A business can petition the Delaware Division of Small Business for an accommodation for a special circumstance that would render it otherwise ineligible to apply for or to take full advantage of a grant.
Email DEReliefGrants@delaware.gov with the name of the applicant and a brief explanation of why an accommodation is being sought.
Decisions will be made within 10 business days of receiving an such, unless additional follow up or information is needed. Decisions are final, and the ability for a business to then apply is contingent on funding availability.
Application rejections appeals – for incomplete application information or for clearly ineligible expenses or for other reasons that go against the intent grant program – will not be considered.