4 grant funding opportunities for Chandler small businesses

The Chandler Chamber of Commerce is highlighting four grant opportunities available to small businesses, some of which open the application process Monday, Aug. 17. (Courtesy Fotolia)
The Chandler Chamber of Commerce is highlighting four grant opportunities available to small businesses, some of which open the application process Monday, Aug. 17. (Courtesy Fotolia)

The Chandler Chamber of Commerce is highlighting four grant opportunities available to small businesses, some of which open the application process Monday, Aug. 17. (Courtesy Fotolia)

The Chandler Chamber of Commerce is highlighting four grant opportunities available to small businesses, some of which open their application processes Aug. 17. The grants stem from the local, county and state levels.

Arizona Small Business Rent and Mortgage Relief Grant: $10 million

The program will provide rent and mortgage assistance to small Arizona businesses that had to pause operations following Gov. Doug Ducey's executive orders. The program will provide grants for up to two months of rent and mortgage payments due by small businesses, according to the governor's office. The maximum award will be $25,000. Grants will be prioritized for businesses that are most in need of the funding to meet their rent or mortgage obligations and do not have access to other financial support, according to the governor's office.

Grant applications will be available beginning Aug. 17.

Maricopa County Small Business Grants: up to $25,000


Maricopa County is offering grants up to $25,000 to small businesses and nonprofits experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the county. Relief grants are intended to support the continued viability of small businesses and nonprofits across the Valley. For-profit businesses and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations located in Maricopa County but not within the cities of Mesa or Phoenix are eligible, according to the grant webpage for the county.

This is the second phase of the program, the first phase occurred earlier in the year with up to $10,000 per business.

Applications for phase two of the program will begin Aug. 17.

To qualify, small business and nonprofits must meet all of the following requirements:

  • in operation in Maricopa County, but not within the cities of Phoenix or Mesa, prior to Jan. 1, 2019

  • employs 50 or fewer full-time equivalents as of March 1

  • did not generate more than $5 million in gross revenue between Jan. 1, 2019 and Dec. 31, 2019

  • gross revenue declined by at least 25% as a result of COVID-19 from March through June 2020 as compared to March through June 2019;

  • meets required zoning and regulatory requirements including:

    • having the proper zoning entitlements

    • not having any active enforcement actions against the applicant by Maricopa County or their respective city/town government

    • being in substantial compliance, meaning that the county or respective city/town has not taken any enforcement action authorized by law for any deficiencies

    • is in good standing with the Arizona Corporation Commission



  • complies with the following provisions:

    • not an adult-oriented business as defined by A.R.S. § 11-811 (E)(5)

    • not engaged in the growth, harvest, storage, transport, distribution, use or otherwise providing cannabis for medical or recreational purposes

    • not owned, in whole or part, by a Maricopa County official or employee who, in their official capacity, participates in the oversight, development or implementation of the Maricopa County Small Business/Nonprofit Relief Program




I Choose Chandler Business Hiring and Retention Program: up to $10,000

The I Choose Chandler Business Hiring and Retention Program will provide qualifying businesses with $1,300 per employee retained or hired since Dec. 31, 2019, up to a maximum of $10,000 per business, according to the city of Chandler. These funds are intended to support Chandler businesses that are keeping employees on payroll as they adjust to revenue losses and business disruptions caused by COVID-19, according to the city. About $9.5 million is available through the program on a first-come, first-served basis.

Applications will open Aug. 17.

Information on the program and application requirements is available here.

I Choose Chandler PPE Reimbursement:

The city of Chandler, in partnership with the Industrial Development Authority, created the Choose Chandler reimbursement grant program to assist small businesses with costs related to purchasing personal protective equipment, according to the city. Qualifying Chandler businesses can apply for a Choose Chandler grant in amounts between $100 and $500, according to the city. The Chandler Industrial Development Authority made a total of $200,000 available for the program. Business owners must submit an application for reimbursement, receipts detailing protective equipment purchases and a business W9.

To qualify, small businesses must meet the following criteria:

  • be a private, for-profit business located within Chandler city limits;

  • 100 employees or fewer citywide, including all commonly owned/managed businesses;

  • not affiliated with another business under common ownership/management that has applied for Chandler IDA PPE grant funds;

  • have a start date prior to March 11; and

  • be registered with the City’s Business Registration Program.


Applications are open now.


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