Montgomery County and the Towns of Blacksburg and Christiansburg have established a grant fund to support small business recovery in response to COVID-19. One-time grants of up to $27,500 are being provided to offset business impacts during the pandemic. The grant program will be administered by all three localities in partnership with the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Blacksburg Inc., Downtown Christiansburg Inc., and the Blacksburg Partnership.

Please register through this grants portal to access and complete the grant applicationApplications are due Sept. 20, 2020.

Eligibility Criteria

Businesses meeting all of the following eligibility criteria are encouraged to apply:

The following businesses are not eligible:

Eligible Grant Uses

Grant funds must be expended in compliance with state and federal law. Funds may be used to reimburse the cost of business interruption caused by required closures, which may include any of the following expenses made after March 15, 2020 (deemed “necessary” expenses for business survival):

Ineligible items include anything incurred before March 15, 2020, anything already being reimbursed by other federal or state funds, and anything not deemed ‘necessary.’

Grant Guidelines

Maximum funds available per award will be based on full-time equivalent (FTE) employment numbers for businesses, with FTE being 40 hours/week (so two part-time people working 20 hours/week would equal one FTE; or four people working 10 hours/week). The number may include up to one business owner if they work in the business, even if they are not paid wages or salary. The first five FTEs are eligible for $1,000 per FTE, and after that, $500 per FTE for a total maximum award of $27,500.

At the time of application, applicants will need to submit receipts for eligible expenses incurred between March 15 and September 20, 2020, up to the maximum award amount.

Use of funds restrictions: Funds cannot be used to pay taxes, fees or any other payments due to the County or Towns.

Applying for the Grant

Please register through this grants portal to access and complete the grant application. In addition to a completed application, the following documentation is required (application and below documentation due Sept. 20, 2020):

Funding Source

The U.S. Treasury guidance allows states to use Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) dollars for expenditures “related to the provision of grants to small businesses to reimburse the costs of business interruption caused by required closure.” The Commonwealth of Virginia has elected to disperse a portion of its allocation to local governments. Montgomery County and the Towns of Blacksburg and Christiansburg have elected to use part of their allocation to help support small businesses.


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If you have any questions or need assistance with your small business grant application, you can also reach out to one of our community partner organizations for support:


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