In March 2020, the President signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The CARES Act established the $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund and were distributed based on population. In partnership with Fulton County, the City of Johns Creek’s pro rata allocation of the CARES Act funds is $3,528,706.
The Mayor and City Council of Johns Creek voted to approve the Johns Creek CARES Business Grant program during the Monday, November 16, City Council meeting. The CARES Business Grant program is intended to help all eligible businesses by providing emergency funds to offset the significant, temporary loss of revenue caused by the pandemic.
Earlier in 2020, Congress passed the CARES Act and on September 24, 2020, Johns Creek adopted an Intergovernmental Agreement with Fulton County formalizing the city’s pro rata allocation of the CARES Act funds in the amount of $3,528,706. The city previously expended just over $500,000 on direct COVID-19 related expenditures and hazard pay for public safety personnel. The City Council has also set aside $300,000 for the Johns Creek Cares Vulnerable Populations Grant to assist Johns Creek residents suffering significant hardship due to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic by extending financial support to not-for-profit organizations that offer programs assisting those in need.
The grant funding is targeted specifically to help small- and medium-sized local businesses with a physical commercial location within the City of Johns Creek. Grants are strictly limited to businesses that were in operation in Johns Creek prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, are currently licensed, and remain in operation. Not-for-profit designated companies are eligible for funding if they meet all the eligibility criteria. Funds are limited to businesses that have experienced business disruption as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic such as being forced to cease operations by an Executive Order of the Governor or having to partially close or limit operations to meet the requirements of an Executive Order of the Governor.
The grant funding is available for all eligible businesses (further detailed below under the “Eligible Businesses” Section). All eligible businesses that apply by the application deadline will receive an equal share of grant funds.
The deadline has been extended:
Applications will be accepted until Feb. 22, 2021 at 12 p.m. and grants will be awarded until the CARES Act funds are depleted. In addition to extending the JC CARES Grant Program application deadline, the Johns Creek City Council also amended the requirements for eligibility. Applicants now only need to provide a 2020 Johns Creek business license to show acceptable proof of business operation. The requirement for eligible businesses to provide both a 2019 Johns Creek business license and a 2020 Johns Creek business license renewed prior to March 15, 2020 has been removed.
Johns Creek businesses that have suffered significant, temporary loss of revenue or job losses directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly businesses that have been directly affected by the Governor’s Executive Orders for closure, are eligible. Specific eligibility criteria are as follows:
1. Existing Business
Business must have been in operation in Johns Creek prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Acceptable proof of operation prior to the COVID-19 pandemic includes a 2020 Johns Creek business license.
2. Currently Licensed Business
Businesses must have a current 2020 Johns Creek business license and be in good standing meaning have remitted any applicable fees and not be subject to any compliance issues or active judicial proceedings.
3. Currently in Operation
Businesses must be currently in operation.
4. Business Size
Businesses must have less than 250 employees to qualify.
5. Business Storefront Location
Businesses must have a a “brick and mortar” physical commercial location in Johns Creek. Home-based businesses would be ineligible for funding. Furthermore, only those business entities formed in Georgia and sole proprietors residing in Georgia will be eligible for funding. Business entities formed outside of Georgia and sole proprietors residing outside of Georgia would be ineligible for funding. Businesses without a physical commercial location in Johns Creek would be ineligible for funding.
Businesses must interface with the public, meaning all interactions are with general public invitees (“walk-ins”) and not by specific appointment with the business’ particular clientele.
7. Impacted by Governor's Order
All businesses directly or indirectly impacted by Executive Orders of the Governor are eligible.
Businesses that were part of the professions / industries cited in the Governor’s Executive Orders are eligible. Those ten listed professions / industries are:
1. Gyms/Fitness Centers
2. Bowling Alleys
3. Theaters/Live Performance Venues
4. Body Art Studios
6. Barber Shops, Estheticians, Hair Designers
7. Massage Therapy
9. Public Schools
10. Business with patrons greater than 10 people that are unable to maintain 6 feet apart
Businesses that were indirectly impacted by the Governor’s Order are eligible. Examples of such establishments that had to limit service or partially close to meet the State regulations include:
2. Full-Service Restaurants
3. Limited-Service Restaurants
4. Any public-interfacing businesses that partially closed
1. Complete Application Form
(including a description of the business disruption experienced due to COVID-19)
2. Copy of a 2020 Johns Creek business license
Vulnerable Populations Grant Program
*Note: The Vulnerable Populations Grant program is now closed.
This program (the Johns Creek CARES Vulnerable Populations Grant Program) is intended to assist not-for-profit organizations in providing services to individuals that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The grant funding through the Johns Creek CARES Vulnerable Populations Grant Program is targeted specifically to help Johns Creek residents with overdue rent and mortgage payments, utility assistance, food assistance, or other unforeseen financial / emergency needs directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants are strictly limited to established not-for-profit organizations that serve Johns Creek residents and are not designed for new programs or start-up efforts. Individuals cannot directly apply for assistance from the City but will be encouraged to connect with the not-for-profit organizations that receive grants through the Johns Creek CARES Vulnerable Populations Grant Program.
Read more and apply for the Vulnerable Populations Grant Program