GNVCares about Businesses

GNVCares provides grants to small businesses whose operations were curtailed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Businesses with no more than 50 employees that operate within Gainesville city limits are eligible to apply for a one-time $5,000 grant to offset costs, such as rent and utilities. Businesses that have received “Payroll Protection Program” funds and/or “SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus” funds are not eligible. Priority for financial assistance will be given to businesses that have made a good-faith effort to retain employees and/or have provided pay/benefits to furloughed employees.


  • Business must be located in the City of Gainesville as of March 16, 2020.
  • Loss in revenue due to public health restrictions
  • Maximum of 50 employees
  • Operations halted/curtailed by emergency orders
  • Have current business tax receipt from the City of Gainesville
  • Business has not received “Payroll Protection Program” funds and/or “SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus” funds
  • Business has no pending petition for bankruptcy protection
  • Good faith efforts to provide pay/benefits to furloughed employees; retention of employees
  • Local ownership

Application Requirements:

The application process for GNVCares About Business Emergency Grants will be through an online web portal.  Applicants will be asked to provide responses to this series of guided questions:

  • What the size and scale of your business?
  • Is your business locally owned?
  • How has the COVID-19 crisis and social distancing orders disrupted business and/or caused loss of revenue?
  • How has the crisis impacted your ability to keep workers employed? 
  • If awarded the grant, how will you use the grant to re-hire and/or retain staff?
  • Has your business received any other crisis related benefits, such as SBA Paycheck Protection Program?

Applicants will be required to upload verification documents:

  • Driver’s license or related identification
  • W9
  • Pay stubs or payroll schedule
  • Evidence of registration for Gainesville City Business Tax

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