Mobile County Small Business Relief Fund Program
The Small Business Relief Fund Program is a collaborative effort between the Mobile County Commission and the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce designed to promote economic development by providing immediate grant funding to Mobile County small businesses that are experiencing extreme hardships as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. The Program assists in providing relief to businesses affected by temporary closure, assists those struggling with rent and utility payments and other overhead costs, and supports businesses faced with personnel layoffs. Eligibility criteria have been developed in accordance with Alabama law to ensure that funds appropriated under the Program will promote the prosperity, contentment, and general welfare of the community.

The public benefits to the County to be derived from the Program include (i) promoting local economic development and stimulating the local economy, (ii) maintaining existing and creating additional employment opportunities in the County, (iii) maintaining the County’s tax base, resulting in sustained tax revenues for the County, and (iv) promoting the retention and maintenance of small businesses in the County, all of which inure to the economic health of the County and constitute important public benefits to the County and its citizens.

Eligible small businesses may obtain up to $10,000 in grant funding based on demonstration of need. Applicants must complete the Mobile County Small Business Relief Fund Application to be considered for grant funding. All applications will be reviewed by a five-member committee of Commission-approved volunteers comprised of representatives from banking, accounting, county government, legal, and the Small Business Development Center of South Alabama. This Review Committee will (i) review applications to determine whether each applicant meets certain criteria established by the County Commission and (ii) make recommendations to the County Commission for awards.

The County Commission will review each recommendation from the Review Committee and grant funds upon a determination that such appropriation will promote the economic development of the County and serve a valid and sufficient public purpose, notwithstanding any incidental benefit accruing to the awarded entities or any other private entity or entities.

The Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, a progressive advocate for business needs to promote the Mobile Area’s economic well-being, serves as the Small Business Relief Fund Program Administrator to manage the grant application process and distribution of funds. (Applicants are not required to be members of the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, and no preference will be given to Chamber members over non-members.)

Note: Qualifying companies may also apply for all eligible SBA loan programs

Businesses must meet the following criteria:
- Must have experienced and be able to demonstrate a financial hardship as a result of COVID-19
- Must have employed 100 or fewer than full time employees (FTE) as of February 29, 2020
- Must be in good standing with State and Local government jurisdictions
- Must be located within Mobile County

Eligible costs include:
- Employee compensation and payroll costs (salary, wage, commission, payment of cash tips or equivalent) including healthcare and insurance benefit costs included in employee benefit packages. Medical leave for which a credit is allowed under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act is not an allowable use of grant proceeds.
- Payments of interest on any mortgage obligation (shall not include any prepayment of or payment of principal on a mortgage obligation).
- Rent or lease payments, utilities, interest on debt obligations incurred prior to February 29, 2020.

Business Selection and Distribution of Grant Funds:
- The staff of the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce will receive the grant applications submitted, and any requested paperwork and documents from the applicants.
- The Review Committee will meet on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of each week to
review applications and supporting documentation and make recommendations to the County Commission for funding for applicants.
- Applicants recommended by the Review Committee for approval will then be considered
for approval by the Mobile County Commission at a public meeting following public notice, a public hearing, and vote by the Commission.
- Following Commission approval, grant recipients will receive funding directly from the
Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce within 24 hours. The Chamber will continue to administer grant funds until the balance is depleted.

Applicants will also be required to submit the following documents.Along with completing this form, please submit the following documents to David Rodgers at drodgers@mobilechamber.com:
- Federal tax returns for the past two years (unless the business is only one-year-old)
- 12/31/2019 Year-end financial statements (balance sheet and income statement)
- Interim financial statements dated within the last 90 days
- Copy of 2019 Mobile County Business License
- Current bank statement
- Wiring instructions for grant funds to be dispersed
- Completed W-9 Form
Provide name and contact information of individual for information necessary to process application. *
Company Legal Name *
Organization Type *
Company's NAICS Code *
Date of Legal Formation *
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State of Business Formation *
Federal E.I.N. *
Business Phone Number (include area code) *
Business Physical Address *
Business Mailing Address (if different than Physical Address)
Business Real Property is *
If leased, please provide name and contact information of lessor.
Brief description of the company and company activities *
Excluding owners, specify the number for full-time employees and part-time employees (as of February 29, 2020). *
Excluding owner, specify the average salaries (excluding benefits) for full-time employees and part-time employees (as of February 29, 2020). *
Description of economic hardship due to COVID-19 (loss of revenue, furlough of employees, loan payments, etc.) *
Dollar amount of expected loss (please break down the expected loss based on the answer in the previous question) *
Name of primary bank, credit union, or other financial institution and name and email of primary contact *
Does the company or owner have any outstanding judgements, tax liens, pending or threatened bankruptcy proceedings, pending or threatened lawsuits, or criminal proceedings? If Yes, please explain. *
Is the company or owner delinquent on any federal, state, or local taxes or assessments; direct or guaranteed loans; leases; contracts; grants; or any other obligations? If Yes, please explain. *
Does owner or anyone immediately related to the owner work for or serves in an official capacity for local or state government, the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, or any other entity associated with this program? If Yes, please explain. *
Has the company or owner requested funding, including grants and loans of any kind (including SBA loans), from other sources since March 1, 2020 relating to financial assistance from COVID-19? If Yes, please detail the loan(s) requested. *
Has the company or owner received or been approved for other funding, including grants and loans of any kind (including SBA loans), from other sources since March 1, 2020 relating to financial assistance from COVID-19? If Yes, please detail the amount(s) received or approved. *
Total amount requested as part of this application. *
Describe how the funds requested from this program will be used. (Please be specific on dollar amounts and timelines.) *
How many weeks or months will the funds requested sustain the company in the current conditions? (Please be specific and include timelines.) *
Please include any additional information that should be considered as part of this application that was not specifically addressed in a previous question. *
Please acknowledge that the following supporting documents are needed with this application: a completed W-9, wiring instructions for funds to be distributed, federal tax returns for the past two years (unless the business is only one-year-old), year-end 2019 financial statements (balance sheet and income statement), interim financial statements dated within the last 90 days, copy of 2019 Mobile County Business License, and current bank statement. Please email these to drodgers@mobilechamber.com after completing this application. *
DISCLAIMERS: 1. Application for the Small Business Relief Fund Program DOES NOT GUARANTEE award of funding. 2. The total amount awarded will be based on funds received. 3. All businesses receiving funding MUST complete a W-9 form prior to receipt of funding. 4. It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to determine or to seek independent advice to determine the tax implications to the Applicant and its Owners associated with any Small Business Relief Fund funds received by the applicant. Please confirm your understanding of these disclaimers by clicking "Yes". *
CERTIFICATION: By typing your full name in the space below, you are certifying that all of the information provided in this application is true and accurate. You are granting us permission to contact your primary bank, landlord (if applicable), and the owners of the Applicant if determined helpful in assessing your application. You are also agreeing to assist in the verification of information provided in this application and to provide additional information, if requested. *
"PAY IT FORWARD" - IF FINANCIALLY FEASIBLE, WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO "PAY FORWARD" SOME OR ALL OF ANY GRANT AWARDED TO YOU? Although this program is a grant program, it is our desire to make this fund self-perpetuating so we have money available for whatever future disaster our community might experience. To that end, we are encouraging each recipient to contribute financially to the Mobile County Small Business Relief Fund Program an amount equal to, or greater than, the amount of the awarded grant funds once your business is back on its feet, if feasible. Contributions to the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation are tax deductible, subject to any particular limitations on the donor. NOTE: A "YES" RESPONSE TO THIS QUESTION IS NOT A REQUIREMENT FOR RECEIPT OF A GRANT FROM THE SMALL BUSINESS RELIEF FUND. *
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