Louisiana Main Street Recovery Grant Program aims to help businesses bounce back

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BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Treasury is preparing to launch a new program designed to help small businesses hit hard by the COVID-19 economic downturn.

The Main Street Recovery Grant Program will begin accepting applications on July 28. Qualified businesses can apply for grants of up to $15,000 to cover eligible expenses.

While any Louisiana business can apply, the Main Street Recovery Grant Program will prioritize businesses that did not receive a Payment Protection Program loan, according to the Department of Treasury.

Applications will be accepted through August 18. By September 26, the program hopes to distribute $40 million to minority, women, or veteran-owned applicants.

Here are the eligibility requirements for applicants:

  • Have been domiciled in Louisiana as of March 1, 2020
  • Suffered an interruption of business
  • Be at least 50% owned by one or more Louisiana residents
  • Have filed Louisiana taxes in 2018 or 2019 OR will file taxes in 2020
  • Have had no more than 50 full-time employees as of March 1, 2020
  • Have a physical location that customers or employees visit
  • Not be be part of a larger business with more than 50 full-time workers
  • Not exist for the purpose of advancing partisan political activity and does not directly lobby federal or state officials
  • Not derive income from passive investments without active participation in business operations

Business owners can also take a quiz to determine if they qualify.

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