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COVID-19 Response Grants

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Reimbursement Instructions

Henry County Small Business Restart Program and Non-Profit Assistance Program
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Due to the high number of applications received which may exhaust Henry County’s allocation for this program, the Application Portal has been temporarily closed. It will reopen if and when additional funds are identified.


In response to the economic impact of COVID-19, Henry County, Georgia, has received approximately $8.5 million from the U.S. Department of Treasury. On Tuesday, August 11, 2020 the Board of Commissioners voted to accept these funds, and on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 the Board of Commissioners voted to allocate a portion of these funds to assist small businesses and residents impacted by COVID-19. $5,074,784 of fund balance is allocated to assist small businesses and individuals of Henry County.

Henry County Government will be accepting, reviewing and evaluating submitted applications from small business and non-profit agencies located in the county. Applicants must provide services to Henry County residents. This includes unincorporated Henry County and the Cities of Hampton, Locust Grove, McDonough and Stockbridge. Further details and eligibility requirements are contained within each application. Small businesses will receive grants of up to $10,000. Individuals will be assisted through grants to non-profits.

Applicants will be deemed ineligible if any owner/operator/board member is presently suspended, debarred, proposed for debarment, declared ineligible, voluntarily excluded from participation by any federal department or agency, or presently involved in any bankruptcy.

Individual Assistance

Henry County offers reimbursements to local Non-Profit agencies which provide direct assistance to individuals. Although Henry County Government does not award direct assistance to individuals under this program, if you are a Henry County individual citizen or family in need of food, rent or mortgage assistance, utility assistance or other COVID-19 related negative impacts, you may be eligible for assistance under one of the following Non-Profits (check back as new agencies are added after they are approved at each Board of Commissioners meeting). Each Non-Profit Awardee serves different needs, so please visit their websites to determine your eligibility or for more information.

*Please note that each Non-Profit agency has its own eligibility criteria. Henry County Government does not determine the eligibility of individuals seeking direct assistance from Non-Profits and has no authority over the award or decline of applications for direct assistance from any Non-Profit Awardee agency, so long as the agency's use of county funding follows federal, state, and local laws in its vetting, awarding, operational and financial administration processes.

  1. Connecting Henry - https://www.co.henry.ga.us/Departments/A-C/Connecting-Henry
  2. Raise Me Up Foundation - https://raisemeupfoundation.org/
  3. McDonough Presbyterian Church - http://mcdonoughpresbyterian.com/
  4. Berean Christian Church - https://bereanchristianchurch.org/henry-county
  5. People Help Exchange - https://peoplehelpexchange.org/
  6. Georgia Food and Resource Center https://www.gafrc.org
  7. Light of the World Christian Tabernacle - https://comeintothelight.org/
  8. Grace Baptist Church - http://gracebaptistatl.org/
  9. Shaquille Clark Foundation - https://www.sclarkfoundation.org/
  10. Global Impact Christian Ministries - https://www.globalimpactatl.org/
  11. Community Development for Real People - https://bwcatlantasouth.com/
  12. Helping in His Name Ministries Inc. - https://helpinginhisname.org/
  13. Wings of Prayer Senior Services - https://www.wingsofprayerseniorservices.org/
  14. Jimmie Lee Smith Community Center - http://www.jlscc.org/
  15. Eagles Landing Christian Counseling* www.eagleslandingchristian counseling.com/
  16. Rising Phoenix Enrichment Program* - https://www.risin gphoenixinc.org/
  17. Operation Lunchbox* - https://www.operationlunchbox.org/
  18. A Friend's House* - https://www.afriendshouse.org/
  19. Henry County Council on Child Abuse/Prevent Child Abuse Henry* - https://www.preventchildabusehc.org/
  20. Stay Fit Through the Arts* - https://www.stayfitthruthearts.com/

* Awards for specially targeted populations

Small Business

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Due to the high number of applications received which may exhaust Henry County’s allocation for this program, the Application Portal has been temporarily closed. It will reopen if and when additional funds are identified.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Henry County Small Business Restart Program has no application deadline date. The application portal will be open until funds are exhausted.

You must submit all required narratives and supporting documentation, and be able to show, in narrative and data, a negative impact of COVID-19 on your small business.

Once completed, the application system will generate an email to you that confirms receipt of your application. Your application will be reviewed and evaluated in the order it is received. Typically, this process takes a few weeks.

If your application is recommended to the Board of Commissioners, it will appear on an Exhibit to the Board Meeting agenda posted on the County website for the next available meeting. If your application is then awarded by the Board of Commissioners at that meeting, you will receive an award packet email from the Grant Administration Office within a week of the Board decision.

If your application is not recommended, you will receive a decline email from the Grant Administration Office detailing the reason for the decline, and encouraging you to reapply if you can meet the requirements.

If you submitted your application in the Jotform system and DID NOT receive a system-generated email confirmation, please call the Grant Administration Office at 770-288-6541 or 770-288-6545 so that one of our Grant Coordinators can check the system for you.

There are many variables to this question; chiefly how many applications are submitted around the same time, and when the Board of Commissioners meets to approve recommended awards. Only the Board of Commissioners can award grant funding.

Outside of those two variables, a completed application with ALL requested uploads, guarantees the fastest processing time. If your application is complete, then the process of submission, evaluation, recommendation, award or decline, and notification is typically a few weeks. However, if your application is incomplete or missing required documentation or uploads, the process can be significantly delayed while staff contacts you to provide the missing information. Please watch the Application Video on the main page of the COVID-19 Relief Funding link at: https://www.co.henry.ga.us/Residents/COVID-19/Response_Grants

Your information is only seen by persons bound by privacy law by Henry County Government (staff), or Review Committee members who have signed a Non-Disclosure and Confidentiality Agreement. Your documents are not shared in any online forum (except some parts of Non-Profit applications that are publicly available information). If any information is requested by a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, the law dictates that all of your personal information be redacted before disbursement. Your application information is then kept in the Financial Services Division office and follows the Georgia Secretary of State Records Retention laws for storage and destruction. Only Small Business Restart and Non-Profit Assistance Programmatic staff and supervisors have access to your in-house records.

If awarded, the Henry County Small Business Restart grant will reimburse you for expenses that you have already paid, during the performance period. You will not get a check for $10,000. You must have incurred, and paid for, an eligible expense in order to be reimbursed for it. Reimbursement will be in the form of a direct deposit to a bank account that you select at award time.

Examples of eligible expenses for small businesses are rent, utilities, payroll, inventory, marketing, office supplies, equipment and supplies necessary for the operation of the business, and other such business exclusive charges. While you can pro-rate certain charges for a home business, you can only be reimbursed for the eligible expenses used exclusively for your business. If you are unsure of how to do this, contact the Grant Administration Office at 770-288-6545.

There are many variables to this question; chiefly how many reimbursement submissions are received each week, and when Accounts Payable processes them after receiving approval from the Grant Administration Office.

Outside of those two variables, please ensure that your reimbursement submission is complete. This will guarantee the fastest processing time. If your reimbursement submission is incomplete, the process can be significantly delayed while staff contacts you to provide the missing information. Please watch the Reimbursement Video on the main page of the COVID-19 Relief Funding link at: https://www.co.henry.ga.us/Residents/COVID-19/Response_Grants

If you RECEIVED more than $600 in calendar year 2020, Henry County Government issued your 1099 before January 31, 2021. Please give the postal mail time to deliver this document. IF you have not received a 1099 by March 1, 2021, please contact the Grant Administration Office at 770-288-6541 or 770-288-6545.

If you RECEIVE more than $600 in calendar year 2021, Henry County Government will issue you a 1099 before January 31, 2022. Please give the postal mail time to deliver this document.

The Henry County Small Business Restart Program is meant to restart existing businesses who have been operating long enough to be able to show a negative impact of COVID-19 on their small business. It is not intended as start-up funding for new businesses, nor is it intended relief for business deficiencies unrelated to COVID-19, such as an initial lack of capital, poor marketing or business placement, or lack of business contingency planning. You MUST clearly show in narrative and data how your business was negatively impacted by COVID-19 in order to qualify.

Sole proprietorships are not required to have Georgia Secretary of State Certificate of Organization. Please indicate your status on business letterhead and upload in this required document section.

Although Georgia law allows some businesses to operate without a local business license, a Henry County (or McDonough, Hampton, Locust Grove or Stockbridge) business license is a requirement of the Henry County Small Business Restart Program and will not be waived for any applicant.

Contact information for county and municipal business licenses are located at this link: https://www.henrytc.org/#/occupationalTax

No. The primary address of your business must be located in Henry County. You, as the business owner, may reside elsewhere, but your business must be physically located in Henry County, not just your mailing address.

You may submit confirmation on letterhead that you did not receive Paycheck Protection Program funding exceeding $150,000. If you received more than $150,000, you are not eligible for the Henry County Small Business Restart Program.

Yes, within limits. We would prefer you use our provided template, or a similar one-sheet template. Evaluation of your application can be significantly delayed by submitting any of the following: 1) incomplete income statements (you need to show revenue AND expenses for BOTH 2019 and 2020), 2) income statements for 2019 and 2020 that cannot be compared because they’re provided on two different formats, 3) too many pages for the evaluators to review.

Non-Profits

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Due to the high number of applications received which may exhaust Henry County’s allocation for this program, the Application Portal has been temporarily closed. It will reopen if and when additional funds are identified.

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