Small Business Resources
This program is funded by the CARES Act through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program as CDBG-CV.
The purpose of this program is to provide financial assistance to small businesses in the City of Lancaster to help sustain business operations and retain jobs through the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Businesses operating within the City of Lancaster's municipal boundaries
- 25 or fewer FTE employees, preference given to those with 5 or fewer FTE employees
- Sales reduced or other negative financial impact due to COVID-19 since March 17, 2020
- Grants cannot be used for any expense previously paid by COVID Relief funding
- Grants up to $10,000
- Can be used for rent payments, mortgage payments, and utilities
- If the business does not have facility costs, other costs will be considered
- Payments do not need to be in arrears
- Funding may be less than requested, this is determined by review of the application
How to Apply
A completed application form includes:
- Basic business information
- A description of the impact of COVID-19 on the business (including revenue)
- Proposed recovery plan
- Budget for use of funds
- Signed business tax return to confirm annual revenue
- Signed personal tax return of the business owner
- Other financial information (Balance Sheet, Profit & Loss)
- Confirmation of receipt of other pandemic-related relief funding
- Business owner must participate in mandatory technical assistance program
- Business must provide a one-page annual status report
Download these guidelines here.
Click to see local business resources:
The Community Development Department is committed to connecting local businesses with job seekers here in our Lancaster community.
County and State Resources:
- Find resources and assistance programs for businesses operating in Fairfield County.
- Register with Ohio Means Jobs to search local resumes for candidates and find programs for businesses operating in Ohio.
- Learn more about WOTC, a federal tax credit for employers who invest in job seekers with employment barriers.
- Employers can work with Hocking College and Ohio University - Lancaster to create specific training programs.