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ARPA Small Business Funding

Greene County, Missouri


The Greene County Small Business ARPA funds are intended to respond to the negative economic impacts of the COVID-19 public health emergency, focusing on the prioritized needs faced by small businesses. By providing emergency grant funding to impacted local small businesses, the funds are designed to support the economic health within the county, and thereby improve the public health and welfare of Greene County residents. Eligible small businesses operating in the county have the opportunity to apply for assistance to help mitigate the impacts of revenue reductions or financial hardships associated with the COVID-19 public health emergency. Approved applicants will be asked to provide an end of the year report demonstrating how they have utilized the allocated funds. Greene County is planning for several funding cycles throughout 2022 and 2023 to provide assistance.

Eligibility Criteria for ARPA Funding

To be eligible for ARPA funding, a small business must meet the following criteria:

  • The business must be located in Greene County, Missouri.
  • The business must be a for-profit business or family-owned business that employs 50 or fewer full-time employees, including the owner(s).
  • The business must not employ undocumented immigrant workers and must be enrolled in E-Verify if anyone, other than the owner, is employed by the business.
  • The business must have existed in Greene County, Missouri as of March 1st, 2020.
  • The business must demonstrate the existence of negative impacts incurred as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency since March 1st, 2020.
  • The business is not suspended or debarred from the use of federal funds.

Allowable Uses

The following uses are permitted as outlined in the U.S. Treasury’s Interim Final Rule.

  • Revenue Loss Mitigation - Funds may be used to mitigate financial hardship such as declines in revenues or impacts of periods of business closure, for example by supporting payroll and benefits costs, costs to retain employees, mortgage, rent, or utilities costs, and other operating costs
  • Facilities - Funds may be used to implement COVID-19 prevention or mitigation tactics, such as physical plant changes to enable social distancing, enhanced cleaning efforts, barriers or partitions, or COVID-19 vaccination, testing, or contact tracing programs

Disallowable Uses

The following uses are not permitted as outlined in the U.S. Treasury’s Interim Final Rule.

  • Paying non-business debt, such as personal credit cards for purchases not associated with the business
  • Personal expenses such as buying a new family car or making repairs to a home
  • Direct financing to political activities or paying off taxes and fines
  • Purchase of personal items
  • The purchase of drugs, tobacco, and/or alcohol
  • Food and entertainment
  • Bonuses
  • Travel not associated with direct business operations

Small Business Application Instruction Guide

Small Business Application