Chandler launches program to help businesses most affected by COVID-19

Aug 11, 2020, 4:15 AM
(Pexels Photo)...
(Pexels Photo)
(Pexels Photo)

PHOENIX — The Chandler City Council announced on Monday that it has allocated money to help businesses within the city that are struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Allocated money will be coming from the Arizona Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (AZCARES) Fund and will support Chandler businesses that are keeping employees on payroll, according to a press release.

The program — named “I Choose Chandler Business Hiring and Retention Program” — will give qualifying businesses $1,300 per employee kept or hired since Dec. 31, 2019. The maximum one business can receive is $10,000.

“We are excited to provide some financial relief to small businesses in need,” Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke said in the release.

“Chandler businesses are adapting and finding new ways to serve our community, but we know many of them are struggling. Our hope is that this grant program will help Chandler businesses as they navigate these challenging times.”

The Arizona Community Foundation will administer the approximately $9.5 million available for the program, which will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. Businesses will be able to apply online starting Aug. 17.

The program will prioritize businesses most affected by the coronavirus pandemic based on unemployment insurance claims and state-ordered restrictions on specific types of businesses.

In order to qualify, Chandler businesses must be classified within one of the following industries by the North American Industry Classification System’s (NAICS) two-digit codes:

  • Accommodation and food services (72)
  • Health care and social assistance (62)
  • Retail trade (44-45)
  • Administrative and support and waste management and remediation services (56)
  • Manufacturing (31-33)
  • Arts, entertainment and recreation (71)

Businesses can visit NAICS’s website in order to review industry descriptions and determine eligibility.

Additional requirements to qualify for the program include:

  • Private, for-profit business located and registered within the City of Chandler before March 11, 2020
  • 100 full-time equivalent employees or fewer, including all commonly owned/managed businesses
  • Agree to submit a copy of its December 2019 IRS Form 941 and the latest quarter’s form showing employee hiring and retention verification
  • Not affiliated with another business under common ownership/management that has applied for the job retention/hiring grant
  • Not a home-based business; the business must own or lease non-residential property
  • If leasing a property, the business must commit to remaining in Chandler through Dec. 31, 2020

Chandler businesses in other industries may be invited to apply should additional funding be left over after the initial application period closes on Sept. 7.

Additional information on the application process and its requirements can be found on the City of Chandler and Arizona Community Foundation‘s websites.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Lincoln Ventures, an Austin-based housing developer, broke ground on a new 24-story apartmebt build...

Groundbreaking held for 24-story downtown Phoenix apartment tower

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday for a 24-story downtown Phoenix apartment building that is projected to be open by 2023.
1 day ago
(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)...
Torrence Dunham

Tucson votes to terminate city employees who aren’t vaccinated against COVID by Dec. 1

The Tucson City Council voted Tuesday afternoon to terminate city employees who aren't vaccinated against COVID-19 by Dec. 1.
1 day ago
(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)...
Associated Press

US Labor Department warns Arizona, 2 other GOP states over COVID rules

The Biden administration threatened Tuesday to revoke the authority for Arizona and two other Republican-controlled states to handle their own workplace safety enforcement because they have refused to adopt rules to protect health care workers from COVID-19.
1 day ago
TAMPA, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 07: The Weeknd performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show at R...

The Weeknd cancels tour with 2 Valley stops, teases stadium tour

Pop sensation The Weeknd on Monday announced the upcoming 2022 tour that had two stops in the Valley has been canceled, teasing a stadium tour that would commence next summer instead.
1 day ago
(Facebook Photo/Verde Valley Fire District)...

Arizona firefighter-paramedic dies of COVID-19 complications

Tyrone Bell, an Arizona firefighter/paramedic, died Monday from COVID-19 complications, the Verde Valley Fire District announced.
1 day ago
(Facebook Screenshot/Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)...
Associated Press

MCSO Deputy Juan Ruiz remembered for achieving his dream

A Maricopa County sheriff’s deputy who died after being beaten by a suspect was remembered Tuesday as man who lived his dream to protect and serve.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Schwartz Laser Eye Center

How to sharpen your vision with elective procedures

Imagine opening your eyes in the morning and being able to see clearly. You wouldn’t have to wait to put on glasses or contacts, and there would be no more blurry showers nor forgetting where your glasses are.
PNC Bank

How one organization supports early childhood literacy for the most vulnerable

Nearly two out of every three children in low-income communities don’t own a single children’s book, a fact that ultimately could have profound impacts even before entering kindergarten, according to Arizona nonprofit Southwest Human Development.
Day & Night Air

Tips to lower your energy bill in the Arizona heat

Does your summer electric bill make you groan? Are you looking for effective ways to reduce your bill?
Chandler launches program to help businesses most affected by COVID-19