Elevate Douglas, a public-private partnership focused on cultivating a robust business environment has initially identified emergency relief funds to support the small business hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. This program, the Elevate Douglas COVID-19 Business Relief Grant is intended to help offset the significant, temporary loss of revenue to these qualified businesses during the pandemic.


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Grant funding will be available in four different tiers based upon the total number of employees reported prior to Feb. 15, 2020.


  • Sole Proprietorship – up to $2,000
  • 2 to 5 employees – up to $5,000
  • 6 to 10 employees – up to $7,500
  • 11 to 25 employees – up to $10,000


Grant funds can be used to reimburse the cost of business interruption due to COVID-19 as a result of required closures, voluntary closures to promote social distancing, or decreased customer demand.

Small businesses in Douglas County that have suffered significant, temporary loss of revenue or job losses directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly businesses that have been directly affected by state business closure orders, are eligible.

  • Rent, lease, or mortgage payment for real property used for business purposes
  • Rent, lease or purchase payment for business property
  • Utility payments for business properties
  • Vendor supplier invoices
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), sanitation supplies, services, and equipment


The following are the basic eligibility requirements for applicants to be considered for grant funding through Elevate Douglas COVID-19 Business Relief Grant. All eligible applications will be reviewed by an independent selection committee. It is vital for all applicants to submit the required accompanying documentation to ensure a complete application submittal.

  1. Have a valid business license from:
    1. Douglas County
    2. City of Douglasville
    3. City of Villa Rica (within Douglas County)
    4. City of Austell (within Douglas County
  2. Can demonstrate business interruption as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  3. Must certify on the application that use the grant funds will only be used for authorized business expenses.
  4. Plan to resume normal operations after emergency guidelines are lifted.
  5. Shall cooperate with appropriate officials for grant auditing purposes.
  6. Can demonstrate ongoing business operations a minimum of 1 year prior to March 1, 2020.
  7. Is NOT publicly traded, partially owned by a hedge fund, or a corporate-owned franchise.
  8. Business does not have any current city, county, state or federal tax liens.
  9. Commit to recommended CDC COVID-19 Safety Guidelines.


  1. Completed W-9 form for business, DBA, Tax ID Number (or Social Security Number for a sole proprietor), and Mailing Address for Grant Check must match entries in the General Information section.
  2. Valid state-issued photo ID.
  3. Itemized Summary of eligible reimbursable COVID-19 expenses with corresponding receipts and invoices between March 13, 2020, and June 30, 2020.
  4. 2019 Profit and Loss Statement.
  5. 2020 Profit and Loss Statement through June 30, 2020.
  6. Appropriate 2019 Business Financial Document (Schedule C of 1040 for Sole Proprietor, Form 1120/1120-S for Corporations, Form 1065 for Partnerships, or Form 990 for non-profit organizations)
  7. Copy of Douglas County or City of Douglasville, Villa Rica, or Austell business license as of March 1, 2020
  8. For businesses with 2 to 25 employees, W3 Summary or IRS Form 941 prior to March 13, 2020.


  1. Companies that are publicly traded, partially owned by a hedge fund or corporate-owned franchises are not eligible.
  2. Individuals or organizations that hold real property for passive sale or investment with no active ties to for-profit business activities at the location.
  3. Businesses owned or operated by elected officials or employees of the Douglas County Chamber of Commerce, Douglas County Economic Development Authority, City of Douglasville, City of Villa Rica, or City of Austell are not eligible grant recipients.
  4. Companies with legal actions against or from the City of Douglasville, Villa Rica, Austell or Douglas County Government, including code enforcement liens are not eligible.


The funds will be disbursed through a lottery system. All completed and certified applications will be included in the lottery which will then be selected at random.

Each business owner will be required to complete an application based on the objective requirements. Completed applications will be time-stamped when submitted. Each application will then be certified by an independent volunteer oversight committee. This independent volunteer oversight committee will consist of two representatives appointed by the Douglas County Economic Development Authority and two representatives appointed by Douglas County Chamber. The purpose of the committee is to provide a final review of grant applications to certify that an applicant has met the established criteria established before the grant money is released. No member of the committee will be eligible to apply for or receive a business support grant. The representatives will not include staff/executives of from each organization.