Mayor Cantrell urges New Orleans Businesses to Prepare for Main Street Recovery Grant Program Application Period

City of New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS — Mayor LaToya Cantrell is urging eligible businesses in the City of New Orleans to prepare for the State of Louisiana-administered Main Street Recovery Program application period, which will begin July 28, 2020.

The Louisiana Legislature has designated $300 million from the Federal CARES Act for a Small Business Grant Program, through which grants of up to $15,000 may be awarded to cover COVID-19 related expenses.

In the first 21 days of the program, grants will be given to businesses that didn’t receive a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan, insurance payment or an Economic Injury Disaster Loan. In the first 60 days, $40 million will go to businesses owned by women, minorities, and veterans. The application period will begin July 28, 2020.

Eligibility Requirements:
• Domiciled in Louisiana as of March 1, 2020
• Suffered an interruption of business
• At least 50 percent owned by one or more Louisiana residents
• Filed Louisiana taxes in 2018 or 2019 or will file taxes in 2020
• Had no more than 50 full-time employees as of March 1, 2020
• Have customers or employees visit a physical location
• Are not part of a bigger business with more than 50 full-time workers
• Does not exist for the purpose of advancing partisan political activity and does not directly lobby federal or state officials
• Does not derive income from passive investments without active participation in business operations
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Question: What information must be provided?

Answer: Tax and business documentation:
• Federal taxpayer identification number
• State taxpayer identification number
• Business legal name and authorized representative name, address, phone number and email address
• Date of formation/creation
• Business address, phone number and email address
• Industry category and business type

Question: What is an eligible expense?

Answer: Costs related to meeting public health requirements tied to COVID-19, including, but not limited to:
• Creating social distancing
• Cleaning and disinfecting
• Purchasing equipment to protect employees and/or customers (hand sanitizer, masks, gloves, thermometers, etc.)
• Contactless equipment (credit card readers, etc.)
• Expenses to facilitate teleworking (laptops, printers, scanners)
• Necessary reopening expenses (tents, outdoor tables)
• Signage pertaining to reopening or restructuring
• Installation of drive-through windows
• Business interruption costs related to COVID-19, including, but not limited to:
• Unemployment insurance costs
• Providing paid sick leave
• Inventory replacement (replacing spoiled food)
• Increased labor costs (hiring delivery drivers)
• Mortgage interest
• Rent
• Payroll
• Utilities

Question: What is an ineligible expense?

• Lost profits or lost revenue
• Damages that have been or will be covered by insurance
• Costs that have been or will be reduced by any other federal or state program
• Severance pay
• Legal settlements

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