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

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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.

For all articles, information and updates on the coronavirus from KTAR News, visit ktar.com/coronavirus.

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