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A micro-business is defined as a small business that has five or fewer employees, one or more of whom owns the small business.
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An eligible negative economic project 1) identifies a negative economic harm of the COVID-19 Pandemic, 2) identifies who is impacted, 3) addresses/responds to the identified harm, and 4) reasonably benefits the individual or class harmed. Please see below for additional information.
Identify Economic Harm Caused or Exacerbated By Pandemic
What is the Harm
Extent of Harm i.e loss earnings or revenue
Identify Who is Impacted
Individual or Class
Presumed Impacted / Disproportionately Impacted
Address or Respond to Identified Harm
Reasonably Benefit Individual or Class
Responsiveness to Intended Beneficiaries
Ability to Address Impact of Harm Experienced by Beneficiaries
Related and Reasonably Proportional to Extent and Type of Public Health Impact of Harm Experienced
-Reasonably Proportional- Scale of Response Compared to Scale of Harm, Targeting to Beneficiaries Compared to Amount of Harm Experienced, Size of Population Impacted, Severity/Type/Duration of Impact, Efficacy/Cost/Cost-Effectiveness/Time to Delivery of Response
Assistance to Individuals and Households
Assistance to Small Businesses
Assistance to Nonprofit Organizations
Assistance to Tourism, Travel, Hospitality, and Other Impacted Industries
Expenses to Support Public Sector Capacity and Workforce
Assistance may be provided to impacted and disproportionately impacted individuals, households, and communities. As such, the following examples may be eligible uses of the Pandemic Recovery Funds.
Assistance may be provided to impacted and disproportionately impacted small businesses. As such, the following examples may be eligible uses of the Pandemic Recovery Funds.
A small business is a business concern or other organization that:
Has no more than 500 employees or, if applicable, the size standard in number of employees established by the Administrator of the Small Business Administration for the industry in which the business concern or organization operates
Size standards (sba.gov) / eCFR :: 13 CFR Part 121 -- Small Business Size Regulations
Is a small business concern as defined in section 3 of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 632)
Assistance may be provided to impacted nonprofits. As such, the following examples may be eligible uses of the Pandemic Recovery Funds.
A nonprofit means a nonprofit organization that is exempt from Federal income taxation and that is described in section 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(19) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Exemption Requirements - 501(c)(3) Organizations | Internal Revenue Service (irs.gov)
Veterans' Organizations | Internal Revenue Service (irs.gov)
Assistance may be provided to impacted industries. The travel, tourism, and hospitality industries are all presumed impacted. Other industries may also be deemed impacted. Assistance may only be provided to those that were operating prior to the Pandemic and were affected by required closures. As such, the following examples may be eligible uses of the Pandemic Recovery Funds.
Travel, Tourism, and Hospitality Industries
Other Industries that Experienced at Least Eight Percent Employment Loss from Pre-Pandemic Levels OR Had Comparable or Worse Economic Impacts as did the Travel, Tourism, and Hospitality Industries Industries at a Glance: Alphabetical Index (bls.gov)