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Shorewood CARES Small Business Relief Program

The Village of Shorewood has recognized the significant impact that efforts to combat the coronavirus have taken on our business community.  As a result, the Village has implemented a temporary outdoor seating program to expand outdoor dining options, enacted a moratorium on temporary signage to allow greater exposure for small businesses and expanded liquor license privileges to support increased revenue opportunities.  Despite the Village’s continued support of our business community and the availability of different financial assistance programs, there is still uncertainty as to the future of some Shorewood businesses. 

The goal of the Shorewood CARES Small Business Relief Program (“Program”) is to provide financial support for the most impacted Shorewood small businesses in order to support their continued success as they navigate the coronavirus pandemic into 2021.  Providing a monthly reimbursement for payroll and rent/mortgage (two of the most expensive operating costs) through this Program will ensure that business owners are not only able to keep the business open but also to focus on the future of their business.  This Program coupled with the 2021 Business Fee Waivers are intended to encourage business owners to look to the future and set the stage for a successful new year.

Learn more about the program below or review this PRESENTATION for a summary.  Apply for the Shorewood CARES Small Business Relief Program HERE.

Funding Source

The U.S. Congress enacted the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) on March 27, 2020 to provide economic relief to State, Local, and Tribal governments responding to the Coronavirus pandemic.  Will County received an allocation of the U.S. Treasury’s Coronavirus Relief Fund to address expenditures specific and necessary to the county’s response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. The Will County Board resolved to transfer a certain percentage of the County’s Coronavirus Relief Fund to units of government within Will County, which includes Shorewood.

Upon receipt of its full allocation of the Coronavirus Relief Fund (approximately $800,000) from Will County, the Village of Shorewood is allocating Village funds for this Program to support businesses significantly impacted by the pandemic.  As this Program is administered using Village funds, the CARES Act limitations, requirements and guidelines do not apply. 

However, it is the responsibility of the applicant to verify whether or not acceptance of a grant from the Village disqualifies them from accepting funds from any other program.  The Village is not responsible for loss of grant or loan from other funding sources because of the applicant’s acceptance of funding from this Program.  If awarded a grant under this Program, the applicant is obligated to take the appropriate steps to report the payments to the IRS.  By submitting the Program application, the applicant is absolving the Village of any tax liability and obligations that relate to the tax implications of the payment(s) to the applicant made by the Village under this Program.  The Village will issue form 1099 to all grant recipients.

The President and Board of Trustees have allocated $350,000 with the potential for subsequent funding subject to additional fund availability and demand.  This Program is subject to receipt of the Village’s full allocation of the Coronavirus Relief Fund from Will County.

Applicant Eligibility

In order to be eligible to apply for reimbursement under this Program, a business must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be a for-profit business including LLC, Corporation, Partnership, or Sole Proprietorship.
  2. Have a place of business that is physically located within Shorewood municipal boundaries since January 1, 2020.
  3. Be a small business that meets SBA’s size standards (either the industry based sized standard or the alternative size standard).
  4. Have been closed or had reduced operations due to government orders, public health guidelines, or depressed consumer demand during the COVID 19 pandemic.  (Closure as a result of any Executive Order or significant reduction in service through Resurgence Mitigations automatically meets this criteria.)
  5. Have experienced net operating losses since March 21, 2020.
  6. If closed as a result of the pandemic, have reopened by August 1, 2020 and remained open.
  7. Be in good standing and not in default with the State of Illinois and the Village of Shorewood, which includes applicable licenses and registrations required of such business.
  8. Not currently be in bankruptcy.

Certain businesses are ineligible for this program, including home-based businesses (any enterprise for which the principal administrative and managerial activities take place within an individual’s personal residence), adult entertainment/bookstores, banks, payday lenders, title lenders, cannabis business establishments, excluding CBD, (only businesses that derive the majority of their revenue from such industries will be considered ineligible) and corporately-owned national chains. Owners of multiple businesses may submit only one application under this program.

Grant Terms

Businesses meeting the above criteria are eligible for grant awards up to $10,000 to be awarded depending on the number of eligible applicants.  All awards under this Program shall be issued as a grant and shall be disbursed to grantees to be utilized as reimbursement for eligible costs and expenses incurred.  Grant recipients will be required to execute a Grant Agreement with the Village.  Repayment to the Village will not be required except in the event of a breach of the Grant Agreement.

Eligible/Ineligible Expenses

Applicants may seek reimbursement of 1) payroll expenses to retain current employees and 2) rent/mortgage payments for the physical place of business, provided they were incurred as of November 11, 2020.  The purpose of this funding is to support continued operations of Shorewood businesses with monthly reimbursements for these recurring expenses.

Funds may not be used for severance pay, workforce bonuses other than hazard pay or overtime, property taxes, other taxes/fees/payments due to taxing bodies. 

Review Criteria

Every application will be evaluated based on the eligibility criteria and eligibility of expenses.  The Village Administrator will approve applications upon review and recommendations by the Village Attorney, Finance Director and Economic Development Director.  Once applications are approved, the applicants will be contacted to enter into a Grant Agreement with the Village.

It is the Village’s intention to fund all eligible applicants at some level.  In the event that the $350,000 allocated to the Program is not sufficient to award $10,000 for each eligible applicant, the following preference criteria scoring will be tallied for each applicable application to determine grant awards (less than $10,000):

Preference Criteria

Description/Detail

Points

No Other COVID-19 Assistance

Businesses that have not received county, state or federal COVID-19 financial assistance (e.g. Will County Small Business Grant, IL BIG, SBA loans, PPP)

5

Highly Impacted Industries (as defined by DCEO within the Restore Illinois guidelines - starting on page 2)

Businesses ordered to shut down by Illinois Executive Order including but not limited to:

  • Day Camps
  • Day Care Centers
  • Health and Fitness Centers
  • Indoor and Outdoor Recreation
  • Meetings and Social Events
  • Personal Care Services
  • Restaurants and Bars
  • Retail
  • Service Counters
  • Youth and Adult Sports

3

Businesses that have experienced long-term shutdowns or continue to experience significantly depressed demand, including but not limited to:

  • Independently Owned Retail
  • Independently Owned Restaurant, Bar or Tavern
  • Health and Fitness
  • Tourism and Travel-Related Activities, including Lodging and Accommodations
  • Support Services for Arts and Events (e.g. equipment rental, caterers, photographers/videographers, florists, etc.)

5

Resurgence Mitigations

Businesses previously and currently complying with resurgence mitigations

10

Business Plan

Businesses with a 2021 business plan

10

Number of Employees

Businesses with 25 or less employees (not full-time equivalents but combined full- and part-time employees)

5

Businesses with 26-50 employees (not full-time equivalents but combined full- and part-time employees)

3

Ownership

Independently Owned Businesses1

5

Business Age

Businesses that have been operating in Shorewood since before January 1, 2020

2

1  “Independently Owned” means a business concern that independently manages and controls the day-to-day operations of its own business through its ownership and management, without undue influence by an outside entity or person that may have an ownership and/or financial interest in the management responsibilities of the small business. For example, a business where a separate company has a majority stake and the ability to make decisions about day-to-day operations of that business is not independently owned and operated.

The total preference points will be used to determine grant amount based on number of applicants and amount of available funding for each round of funding, as applicable.  Grant amounts will be determined by the percentage of preference points scored by each applicant as compared to the overall total of preference points scored by all applications.  For example, if the total preference points for Applicant A is 2% of the total preference points, then Applicant A would receive 2% of the total funding available, up to $10,000.

Small Business Relief Application Process

(Applications Accepted November 16-December 4)

In order to apply for the relief, the following must be completed, received and approved:

  1. Complete the online Application for the Shorewood CARES Small Businesses Relief Application, which includes the grant agreement outlining the responsibilities of the applicant and Village related to a grant award.
    1. General Info:  Basic information about the business, including its location, contact information and description of business activities conducted at the Shorewood location.
    2. Business Details:  Other eligibility details including number of employees, 2019 revenue, 2020 revenue to date, date the business was established and date business began operations in Shorewood.
    3. COVID-19 Impact:  A description of how the business, employees, and customers have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Costs incurred and/or revenue lost due to efforts taken to minimize exposure for employees and customers are to be included.
    4. Financial Assistance Disclosure:  Identification of any other financial assistance received and how that funding was used (provide detailed time frames, if applicable).
    5. Future Plans:  Outline the business plan for the upcoming year and how reimbursement of the eligible expenses will provide the assistance necessary to continue operations for the next 12 months.
    6. Requested Reimbursement:  Identify the total amount of reimbursement requested and the time frame of the requested reimbursement (since November 11, 2020).
    7. Voluntary Self-Identifications:  These answers are optional.
    8. Acknowledgements:  Review the statements, and complete the blanks, including the signature box, as evidence that you, as an authorized representative of the business or organization, understand and will abide by them.
    9. Attachments to the application are required to support the need for the business to receive funding.  The following documents must accompany the application:
      1. Annual Financial Statements for 2019 that have been audited, reviewed or compiled by an outside accountant. 
      2. 2019 IRS Tax Return, if available. 
      3. Financial information for the period beginning January 1, 2019 (or date business was established, if later) through October 31, 2020:                                                    i.     Monthly balance sheets (Presents a company’s financial position as of a point in time and includes assets, liabilities and equity.), and                                     ii.     Monthly Profit & Loss Statements (Reports revenues, gains, expenses, losses and net income for a period of time.).
  1. Roster of current employees and payroll expense report, if requesting payroll reimbursement.
  2. Copy of lease/mortgage statement to indicate monthly rate, if requesting rent/mortgage reimbursement;
  3. Any other documentation requested to confirm eligibility of applicant.

All applications will be reviewed for completeness.  Applications submitted that are incomplete or that do not meet the eligibility standards will be notified and given the opportunity to amend their application with a limited deadline.  All applications and resubmittals must be submitted within the time frames established to be eligible.  Village staff will verify both applicant eligibility and the eligibility of the expenses submitted for reimbursement.  Ineligible expenses will be deducted from the budget. 

Reimbursement Process

In order to receive monthly reimbursement of eligible expenses, the following documentation must be submitted:

  • Signed W-9
  • Payroll – Roster of employees for the requested pay periods and indicates the number of hours worked for each full-time and part-time employee.  Provide time card proof list or payroll proof list from existing payroll system for each pay period requested for reimbursement of payroll expenses.
  • Rent/Mortgage – Monthly rent/mortgage statement; statement from leaseholder, if applicable, and proof of payment.

Application Schedule  

Activity

Targeted Date

Village Board Approval of Program

November 10

Announcement of Program to Businesses

November 11

Program Webinar

November 13

Application Submission Window

November 16-December 4

Review of Applications

December 7-11

Deadline for Resubmittals & Finalization of Applications

December 14

Announcement of Grant Awards & Coordination of Grant Agreements

December 15-28

Submittal of Reimbursement Documentation

December 29-January 6

Village Board Authorization of Payment of 1st Reimbursements*

January 12

Determination of Need for Additional Funding & Availability

TBD

Application Process for Additional Funding

TBD

 *Additional reimbursements will occur monthly until the maximum grant awards for all grantees have been paid out.

Application Form 

Submit the Shorewood CARES Small Business Relief Application between November 16 and December 4, 2020.