As a result of the COVID-19 health crisis and the May 19, 2020 flood event, the City of Delaware realizes our community’s businesses are suffering from closing operations, employee furlough or lay-off, and economic losses. To support Delaware’s business community, the City has established the Delaware COVID-19 & Spring Flood Small Business Grant Program.  This program will provide an outright grant reimbursement for eligible business owners for expenses directly attributable to the COVID-19 crisis and the recent flood. Eligible reimbursement costs and additional program guidelines are outlined starting on page 4.  Applicants are also encouraged to pursue additional sources of assistance and funding. 

For assistance in completing this application, please contact Economic Development Coordinator Courtney Hendershot via email at or telephone 740-203-1018.

Completed applications must be submitted via email at (Please note attachment size is 25 MB. You may need to send multiple emails depending on the size of your attachments.)

Applications will be accepted from 8:00 AM June 1, 2020 to 5:00 PM July 31, 2020. Applications will not be accepted before or after these dates.

Please include the following documentation with this application:

  1. COVID-19 and/or Spring Flood expense related receipts and payment verification.
  2. Additional documents/photos to support application


Eligible businesses may apply for a one-time grant of up to $2,500. Awards of up to $5,000 may be considered for exceptional cases as determined by the grant review committee. Applicants should be aware that this grant may be considered income for tax reporting purposes.

Applications will be accepted from 8:00 AM June 1, 2020 to 5:00 PM July 31, 2020. Applications submitted before or after these dates will not be accepted.

Any business needing assistance is encouraged to apply.  Only complete and legible applications will be reviewed.  Qualified applicants shall meet the following criteria.

  1. Business must have been impacted by the State-mandated closures that began on March15, 2020 due to COVID-19 and/or flood event of May 19, 2020. The impacts may include the loss of employees or revenue.
  2. Business must be located within the City of Delaware, Ohio.
  3. Business must have at least two but no more than 30 full-time equivalent employees as of March 15, 2020. The employee count may include owner(s), partnerships, or other arrangements to support the operation of the business. 
  4. Business must be a targeted use, which includes retail, service, restaurant or hotel.
  5. Ineligible organizations include sexually-oriented businesses, places of worship and non-profits.
  6. Business must be in good standing with local, state, and federal jurisdictions with respect to taxes, fees, utility payments, and other financial obligations.
  7. The applicant should demonstrate that it has pursued or has attempted to pursue federal and state assistance programs. Applicants should verify with their financial institutions and/or the SBA that funds received through the City’s Grant Program funds can be used in tandem with federal and state assistance. Additionally, applicants should consult with their CPA regarding any potential tax implications.
  8. Enhanced consideration will be given to an applicant who has been involved in supporting community organizations or other philanthropic causes in the community

Eligible Assistance

If the applicant has experienced expenses directly attributable to the COVID-19 crisis and/or the flood event of May 19, 2020, the following may be eligible for grant assistance. These grants will be issued as reimbursements for the following eligible costs. The business must submit receipts or proof of purchases, along with payment verification (cancelled checks, credit card statement, etc.) with its application.

Eligible Reimbursement Costs:

  • The cost of conversion of products or services to meet the ODH health and safety requirements,
  • Development of new solutions to problems presented during the COVID-19 crisis,
  • The purchase of safety supplies such as masks, hand sanitizer, safety barriers, signage, and items to enforce physical distancing, and
  • Expenses as a direct result of the flood event from May 19, 2020, which includes cleaning services, cleaning supplies, equipment/appliance loss and replacement related to business operation, reconstruction of structural items destroyed by the flood, destroyed inventory, furniture, flooring and items not salvageable after cleanup. 
  • Planned expenses as a result of COVID-19 or the flood (clean up, replacement of equipment, safeguards or otherwise).  Quotes for the services or equipment will need to be submitted as a part of the application. Receipts for these planned expenses will need to be provided to the City of Delaware within sixty (60) days of grant award.

Uneligible Reimbursement Costs:

  • Rent
  • Mortgage payments
  • Utilities
  • Wages

Applications will be reviewed as they are received.  Grants will be awarded until funds are exhausted; please understand that some grant applications will not be funded.

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