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The Louisiana Legislature has designated $300 million from the Federal CARES Act for a small business grant program, through which grants of up to $15,000 may be awarded to cover COVID-19 related expenses.

In the first 21 days of the program, grants will be given to businesses that didn’t receive a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan, insurance payment or an Economic Injury Disaster loan. In the first 60 days, $40 million will go to businesses owned by women, minorities and veterans. The application period will begin July 28, 2020. 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Domiciled in Louisiana as of March 1, 2020
  • Suffered an interruption of business
  • At least 50 percent owned by one or more Louisiana residents
  • Filed Louisiana taxes in 2018 or 2019 or will file taxes in 2020
  • Had no more than 50 full-time employees as of March 1, 2020
  • Have customers or employees visit a physical location
  • Are not part of a bigger business with more than 50 full-time workers
  • Does not exist for the purpose of advancing partisan political activity and does not directly lobby federal or state officials
  • Does not derive income from passive investments without active participation in business operations

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Question: What information must be provided?
Answer: Tax and business documentation:

  • Federal taxpayer identification number
  • State taxpayer identification number
  • Business legal name and authorized representative name, address, phone number and email address
  • Date of formation/creation
  • Business address, phone number and email address
  • Industry category and business type

Question: What is an eligible expense?
Answer: Costs related to meeting public health requirements tied to COVID-19, including, but not limited to:

  • Creating social distancing
  • Cleaning and disinfecting
  • Purchasing equipment to protect employees and/or customers (hand sanitizer, masks, gloves, thermometers, etc.)
  • Contactless equipment (credit card readers, etc.)
  • Expenses to facilitate teleworking (laptops, printers, scanners)
  • Necessary reopening expenses (tents, outdoor tables)
  • Signage pertaining to reopening or restructuring
  • Installation of drive-through windows
  • Business interruption costs related to COVID-19, including, but not limited to:
  • Unemployment insurance costs
  • Providing paid sick leave
  • Inventory replacement (replacing spoiled food)
  • Increased labor costs (hiring delivery drivers)
  • Mortgage interest
  • Rent
  • Payroll
  • Utilities

Question: What is an ineligible expense?

  • Lost profits or lost revenue
  • Damages that have been or will be covered by insurance
  • Costs that have been or will be reduced by any other federal or state program
  • Severance pay
  • Legal settlements

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