Downtown Lawrence, Inc. has received $450,000 in grant funding to support Retail and Service businesses in Douglas County that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19.

You are eligible to apply to receive these funds if you:
● Are locally owned and operated retailer or personal or professional services provider
● Have an FEIN
● Are a business registered in Kansas with a Douglas County address
● Are in good standing with the Kansas Secretary of State office
● Have operated, or plan to operate during the period of March 1 – December 31, 2020.

Continuous operation during this timeframe is not required.

To apply for a Downtown Lawrence Inc., CARES Act, Small Business Grant Application, please click here. (You will be leaving the DLI website and entering the online Grant Management System of Douglas County Community Foundation.) From the Logon Page, enter your email address, leave the password field blank, and click on the Create New Account button under the password field. Please complete all required fields, which are designated by an asterisk, to create your account. Once your account is created, from your Applicant Dashboard, click the red Apply link at the top of the page. Then scroll to the 2020 Downtown Lawrence Inc., CARES Act, Small Business Grant Application section and click the blue Apply button on the right.
*Application does not need to be completed in one session. You may save your draft to complete at a different time.*

If you have any questions, please contact Sally Zogry, director@downtownlawrence.com, or Rochelle Marsh, admin@downtownlawrence.com.

 

The grant funds will provide reimbursement for necessary expenditures by retail and service businesses to respond to the COVID public health emergency, including PPE, sanitation, public health measures and/or business interruption related expenses.

Total amounts available to each business will depend on the number of applicants. Funds will be distributed in two waves to ensure grants are accessible and equitable across the Douglas County Retail community.

Grant funds will be reimbursed based on actual expenses, and in order of priority, placing preference on Minority–, Women– and Veteran-Owned businesses. Supporting documents are required.

Retail businesses in Douglas County are defined as those businesses that typically have a storefront and buy or manufacture a product that they resell to the general public and specifically include banks or other financial institutions, printing or copy centers.

Personal Service businesses are defined as those businesses that typically have a storefront and provide a service to the general public.

Professional Service businesses are defined as those businesses that typically work out of an office environment and provide custom services to their customers.

ELIGIBLE EXPENSES
Expenses must be directly related to COVID-19 and fall in the following categories. All grant funds will be provided as reimbursement for incurred expenses, and receipts for each expense must be provided to receive grant funding.
● Personal Protective Equipment – including gloves, masks, hand sanitizer, surface sanitizer, face shields, and other materials to provide personal protection.
● Sanitation – including incremental labor or material expense to enhance sanitation efforts in response to COVID.
● Public Health Measures – including modification of sales floors, installation of barriers, and other materials to support public health.
● Business Interruption Expense – expenses directly related to business interruption due to COVID. This includes modifications/changes to the business model (e.g., physical alterations, online sales platforms, delivery expenses, etc.).

APPLICATION REVIEW COMMITTEE

The committee currently consists of seven members, acting in the following roles:

Sally Zogry, Executive Director, DLI – Review Chair
Emily Guffey, The Toy Store, DLI Board member – Retail Sector
Kelly Corcoran, Love Garden Sounds, DLI Board member – Retail Sector
Maley Wilkins, Gould Evans Associates, DLI Board member – Services Sector
Amber Nickel, Pawsh Wash, Lawrence Chamber member – Retail Sector
Mandy Latzen, Executive Director, Baldwin Chamber of Commerce
Karen Boyer, Executive Director, Eudora Chamber of Commerce

 

Sample Application (this is the information you need to gather prior to completing the online grant application):                                                                                                                   

2020 Downtown Lawrence Inc., CARES Act, Small Business Grant Application
Douglas County Community Foundation

Business Name & Information:

This application is for locally owned and operated Retail or Service businesses in Douglas County. (For definitions, please click here.) A business must have the following information and documentation to be eligible to apply for this grant:

  • Federal Employment Identification Number (FEIN).
  • Be registered in Kansas with a Douglas County address.
  • Registered and in good standing with the Kansas Secretary of State.
  • Operating during the period of March 1, 2020, to December 31, 2020. (Continuous operation during this timeframe is not required.)
  • Experienced financial hardship as a result of COVID-19.

Business name*

If your business has more than one location and you are submitting an application for each location, please include the location in the Business Name field.

Character Limit: 250

Registered Kansas Business*

Is your business: 1) Registered in Kansas AND 2) Has a Douglas County address?

Please select yes or no.

Choices Yes   No


K
S ID Number*

Please enter your Kansas Business Entity Identification Number. Please enter the number with no spaces or commas.

Character Limit: 7

 

Good standing with KSOS*

Is your business in good standing with the Kansas Secretary of State office? Please select yes or no.

Choices Yes    No

 

Operating Period*

Was your business in operation during the period of March 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020? (Continuous operation during this timeframe is not required.) Please select yes or no.

Choices Yes    No

 

W-9*

Please upload your IRS Form W-9, Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification.

File Size Limit: 1 MB

 

March Employees*

Please enter the number of employees for March 2020. Please enter a whole number without commas.

Character Limit: 5

 

March Hours*

Please enter the total number of employee hours for March 2020. Please enter a whole number without commas.

Character Limit: 10

 

April Employees*

Please enter the number of employees for April 2020. Please enter a whole number without commas.

Character Limit: 5

 

April Hours*

Please enter the total number of employee hours for April 2020. Please enter a whole number without commas.

Character Limit: 10

 

May Employees*

Please enter the total number of employees for May 2020. Please enter a whole number without commas.

Character Limit: 5

 

May Hours*

Please enter the total number of employee hours for May 2020. Please enter a whole number without commas.

Character Limit: 10

 

 

June Employees*

Please enter the total number of employees for June 2020. Please enter a whole number without commas.

Character Limit: 5

 

June Hours*

Please enter the total number of employee hours for June 2020. Please enter a whole number without commas.

Character Limit: 10

 

July Employees*

Please enter the total number of employees for July 2020. Please enter a whole number without commas.

Character Limit: 5

 

July Hours*

Please enter the total number of employee hours for July 2020. Please enter a whole number without commas.

Character Limit: 10

 

August Employees*

Please enter the total number of employees for August 2020. Please enter a whole number without commas.

Character Limit: 5

 

August Hours*

Please enter the total number of employee hours for August 2020. Please enter a whole number without commas.

Character Limit: 10

 

Payroll Register*

Please upload a payroll register showing your employee count from March 1, 2020, to current.

File Size Limit: 1 MB

 

PPE Costs Incurred*

Please indicate the costs incurred for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to date from March 1, 2020, to current. PPE includes items such as gloves, masks, hand sanitizer, surface sanitizer, face shields, and other materials to provide personal protection.

Please enter a whole number without commas or dollar signs. Character Limit: 20

 

 

PPE Costs Projected*

Please indicate the projected costs for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from October 1, 2020, to December 30, 2020. PPE includes items such as gloves, masks, hand sanitizer, surface sanitizer, face shields, and other materials to provide personal protection.

Please enter a whole number without commas or dollar signs. Character Limit: 20

 

Business Sales Information:

If approved to receive funding, receipts will be required for all expenses before grant funding is issued. You will be asked to upload a spreadsheet of your eligible expenses, including the date, vendor, description, and amount. You can download an Expense Template at here. Download the template to your computer and save the document as an excel file on your computer.

 

COVID Modification Costs*

From the list below, please indicate the cost range that best represents the total amount your business spent on COVID-19 modifications/changes to its business model (e.g., physical alterations, online sales platforms, delivery expenses, etc.).

Choices $500–$2,499

$2,500–$4,999 $5,000–$7,499 $7,500–$10,000 >$10,000

 

Modifications: Optional comments

Optional: Use this space for any comments or explanation you feel would be helpful to the Review Committee.

Character Limit: 1000

 

Change in Sales*

From the list below, please indicate the range that best represents the change in sales percent from March 1, 2020, to July 31, 2020, as compared to the same period last year.

Choices
Down <20%
Down 20-29%
Down 30-39%
Down 40-49%
Down 50-59%
Down 60-69%
Down >70%
My business experienced a gain in year over year sales.


Sa
les comments

Optional: Use this space for any comments or explanation you feel would be helpful to the Review Committee.

Character Limit: 1000

 

Business Categories:
Business Ownership*

Please select ALL the categories that apply to your business.

Choices

Minority-Owned Business Woman-Owned Business Veteran-Owned Business None of the above

 

Business type*

Please select the ONE category that best describes your business.

Choices

Locally Owned Independent Locally Owned Franchise Regional Chain Store

 

Business sector*

Please select ALL the categories that apply to your business.

Choices Retail

Personal Services Professional Services

 

COVID Funding Received*

Please select ALL types of COVID funding that your business received to date.

Choices

Paycheck Production Program (PPP) Funds
SBA EIDL Funds
CARES Act Funds via Douglas County
CARES Act Funds via SPARK

Other

 

Funding Comments

If you selected “Other,” please describe.

Character Limit: 250

 

 

Operating Status*

Please select the ONE category that best represents the current state of operations of your business.

Choices

Currently operating
Temporarily closed
Permanently closed

 

Acceptance of Terms

By submitting this application, you certify that:

 

  1. You are authorized to apply for grant funds on behalf of the business identified.
  2. The information provided is true and correct to the best of your knowledge. Falsification of information could result in the immediate repayment of grant funds with the possibility of other legal action.

 

By submitting this application, you also understand that:

 

  1. If approved to receive funding, receipts will be required for all expenses before grant funding is issued.
  2. Grant funds will be reimbursed based on actual expenses, and in order of priority, placing preference on Minority-, Woman-, and Veteran-Owned businesses. (Supporting documentation is required.)
  3. All funds must be spent by December 30, 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2020 Downtown Lawrence Inc., CARES

Printed On: 22 September 2020                    Act, Small Business Grant Application                                                                    6