Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 Small Business Continuity Program.
Q: How do I submit my application for the CLF COVID Grant?
A: Online application submission using the website is best. If that is not available you may submit a paper copy with all attachments at our office, 255 Orange St, Albany.
Q: How will I know if my business qualifies as a stable operation?
A: Do you feel your business was stable pre-COVID? Are you adapting to the crisis, and do you have a plan to continue operating? Provide details about pre- and post-COVID operations.
Q: If I owe taxes for 2019 is my business still eligible for the CLF COVID Grant?
A: Yes, 2019 tax deadline was extended so those taxes are not past due.
Q: If I hire independent contractors, does their pay count as an eligible expense for the grant?
A: That depends on whether you are currently having independent contractors work for you. Independent contractors are eligible for unemployment, so they do not count as an expense on this grant application if they are not working for you. It’s best to explain your situation on the application.
Q: Am I still able to apply if I have not filed my 2019 taxes?
A: Yes, the filing deadline for 2019 taxes was extended and are not yet due.
Q: Can I use the grant to help me reopen my business?
A: Initially grant proceeds will be awarded to businesses still operating. Please explain your situation on the application.
Q: How long will it take to find out if I have been awarded the grant?
A: We are processing applications as quickly as possible. The pool of grant funds is still growing, so some applications will be awarded later than others based on availability of grant funds.
Q: I own multiple businesses, can I apply for the grant for all of them?
A: Please keep in mind our grant funds are limited and we want to support as many small businesses as possible. Multiple applications may not be funded.
Q: Am I still eligible for the grant if I received SBA funds?
A: Yes you are still eligible. Please explain the need for these grant funds on your application.
Q: What if I was not eligible or unable to apply for SBA funds, can I still apply for the grant?
A: Yes, this grant is not related to the SBA.
Q: What if I have personal tax issues, does that make my business ineligible?
A: Please call to discuss your situation or detail t on the application.
Q: What if the business has multiple owners, what information do we need to provide?
A: The application asks for the business owners names and signatures as applicants, as well as drivers licenses.