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Program Overview

In an effort to assist small businesses during the pandemic, York County, in partnership with the cities of Williamsburg and Poquoson, applied for & received funding from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (VDHCD) under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. This funding allows the three partner localities to provide grants to help small businesses defray the costs of State-mandated requirements in the reopening process, in order to help small businesses impacted by Governor Northam’s Executive Order #53 related to COVID-19.

Individual grants to small businesses are awarded as one-time financial assistance given to eligible for-profit small businesses in amounts not to exceed $5,000. These funds must be a reimbursement of actual expenditures that the small business incurred following the State reopening requirements. (https://www.virginia.gov/coronavirus/forwardvirginia/)

Grants will be committed and funded on a first-come, first-served basis, based upon availability of funds and submission of a complete application, with supporting documentation that clearly justifies how requested funds are related to recovery and/or reopening costs from the COVID-19 emergency.

Use of Funds


Approvable expenses are those that are directly related to the recovery and/or reopening of the applicant’s business, per the State of Virginia’s reopening guidelines specific to your industry. All items or services must have been purchased/paid for after the Governor of Virginia declared the COVID-19 emergency (March 13, 2020) and before June 22, 2021. Recovery of lost income is not an approvable expense. Funds may not be used to purchase illegal items, nor may they be used to purchase alcohol, tobacco, medicine, or related items.

Examples include:
  • Purchase of PPE (protective supplies, tools, equipment, or inventory) and/or cleaning services or supplies
  • Property improvements or renovations of a commercial location to accommodate social distancing and/or outdoor dining, recreation, services, etc.
  • Software/Hardware expenses to accommodate delivery, online payments, online reservations, etc.
  • Signage, advertising, marketing expenses, etc. to promote that your business is open and/or operating under modified condition
  • Payments for rent or mortgage during times of required business closure and/or modification.
Eligibility Requirements
  • Must be a for-profit business impacted by Governor Northam’s Executive Order 53
  • Must currently employ no more than 20 full time equivalent (FTE) employees
  • Must be an active business located and licensed in York County, Virginia prior to March 1, 2020. Business must be open for business in some capacity as of the application date.
  • Must be in good standing with all local taxes, licenses, permits, etc. Currently not in default or non-compliance with any county programs or ordinances.
  • May not have already received reimbursement from any other local, state, or federal relief programs for the same items the business is applying for reimbursement for under this program
  • Corporately-owned national chains are not eligible for funding.
  • Home-based Businesses may apply, but must clearly show that the expenses are business related, not residential in nature.
  • Non-profit agencies are not eligible for funding.
Application Process & Timeline
  1. Submit completed application, attachments, and receipts via: Email: econdev@yorkcounty.gov; Fax: 757-890-6670; Mail: York County Economic Development, P.O. Box 612, Yorktown, VA 23690
  2. Receive approval/denial notification from York County Economic Development
  3. If approved, you will receive grant funding check by mail. Only one check will be issued per application, and applications will not be approved nor paid in piecemeal. However, multiple applications may be submitted until a business reaches their maximum $5,000 grant amount.
NOTE: All reimbursement requests for approved funds must be submitted no later than June 1, 2021 to allow for processing before the state-mandated date of June 22, 2021. After that date, all approved grant funds will be forfeited.