Small business owners in Marion County may qualify for up to $5,000 in personal protective equipment as part of a $5 million RESTART Grant program announced last week by Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and the Indy Chamber.
The money can be used to reimburse qualifying small companies for purchases of PPE and improvements, such as signage or partitions.
“Through the RESTART Grant Program, we will lessen the burden on our small business community as they equip themselves to protect both their employees and their customers,” said Mayor Joe Hogsett.
An applicant must meet the following requirements with supporting documentation:
- Be a private for-profit business located in Marion County with 150 employees or fewer.
- The business occupies the Marion County address on their business registration.
- Business start date prior to February 15, 2020.
- PPE, professional cleaning and disinfection services, and/ or capital improvements because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Indy Chamber said the grants are intended to ensure the safety of employees and customers. Only certain expenditures will be reimbursed, including:
- Personal protective equipment including masks, faces shields, gloves, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant products.
- Capital improvements including but not limited to signage, air handling, partitioning for social distancing, improvements for safe queueing, and construction of health and safety improvements aimed at reducing the spread of infection and are consistent with the State of Indiana and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.
Hogsett and the chamber said businesses should begin gathering receipts for PPE and other health and safety-related items purchased between May 1 and June 8. The receipts are part of the application process.
Click here to learn more about the program.