Small Business Emergency Grant

Application is now available.

Submit applications by August 18; however, businesses are urged to submit applications as soon as the free registration status is active. 

The City of Jonesboro received allocation of $362,524 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, funding is meant for support to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the Coronavirus under CDBG-CV.

The City of Jonesboro allocated funding for Small Business Emergency Grants with the goal of keeping local small businesses viable during the global pandemic. Grant assistance ($1,000 up to $10,000) can be applied for payroll, purchases of personal protective equipment (PPE), and/or rent and utility payments.


  • Small business for-profit with 20 employees or less (must have at least 3 employees including owner). No startups.
  • Established small business for over 2 years with COJ Privilege License.
  • Must have a DUNS number and be registered with the System for Award Management (SAM) – To register:
  • Must create or retain at least one part-time or one full-time permanent job to low-to –moderate-income (LMI) employee.
  • Provide proof of business being affected by COVID-19. 
  • If business applied or received other grants, loans, or any assistance for COVID-19 relief, the business must provide proof of funding and cannot apply for the same assistance.

Application Requirements

Applicant must comply with all the submission requirements and assembly instructions. Failure to do so will result in immediate disqualification – with no review or comment.

  • Include typed proposal with project and narrative to respond to all questions provided.
  • Signed Conflict of Interest Statement.
  • Copies of documents showing proof of eligibility (listed above, i.e., SAM registration).
  • Job description for position to be created or retained, include pay rate and work hours. 
  • Copies of last two business and personal (2018 & 2019) tax returns and bank statements since February 2020.
  • Copies of business license, W-9 form, and employee W-4 form for job created or retained; include state identification of business owner.

Other Requirements

These requirements must be followed and complied with as a Subrecipient (grant recipient), once grant has been awarded. 

  • Subrecipient (grant recipient) must abide by the Subrecipient Agreement.
  • At least 51 percent of employees must be LMI (below 80% of Jonesboro Median Income).
  • Subrecipient must use equal opportunity hiring practices. Evidence of outreach efforts to fill vacancies with minorities and females must be kept on file.
  • Subrecipient must provide, to the greatest extent feasible, opportunities for job training and employment to LMI persons in connection with projects in their neighborhoods.  
  • Subrecipient must write and implement job descriptions (for positions related to the Agreement) and employee/volunteer hiring policy. Resumes, applications and documents must be kept on file.
  • Subrecipient must submit time-sheets, pay-stubs and proof of payment for the job created or retained.
  • Payments can be made as Advance or Reimbursement Payments. Report must be submitted to have payments processed (form will be provided). All payment requests must include copy of receipt, bill, or invoice and proof of purchase or payment (i.e., bank or credit card statement).
  • Other required specification based on business and fund requested will apply.

For assistance in starting your application, contact Lakyn Williams at (870)336-7226 or

Applications meeting eligibility and requirements will be reviewed by an assigned committee for approval. This scoresheet will be used to review proposals. 

Funding will be available when HUD releases funds to City of Jonesboro.