COVID-19 Resources for Businesses

The City of Falls Church is focused on providing support and information to assist businesses through the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. For direct assistance, contact the Economic Development Office, 703-248-5491 or edo@fallschurchva.gov. Below are additional resources for the business community.

Opening in March 2022: Applications for Small Business and Non-Profit Grant Program

Eligible City of Falls Church businesses and non-profit organizations will soon be able to apply for $5,000 from the City of Falls Church American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) fund. COMING SOON: Subscribe here to be notified when the application opens. Awardees will be chosen at random after eligibility is confirmed.

How to Prepare for the Application

Requirements for Eligibility
A businesses or non-profit is eligible to apply if it meets all of the requirements below:

  • The business or non-profit operates from a commercial location in the City of Falls Church, Virginia.
  • The business (including second floor and office use businesses that were not eligible in the last funding rounds) or non-profit has a current business license in the City of Falls Church.
  • The business or non-profit must have been in operation at least one year prior to January 1, 2019.
  • The business or non-profit must have been fully open and operating as of November 1, 2021.
  • The business or non-profit must be in good standing with City tax payments and regulations.
  • The business or non-profit is not a franchise.
  • The business or non-profit has fewer than 500 employees.
  • The business or non-profit had a 25% to 80% loss in revenue between the end of calendar years 2019 and 2020. The City of Falls Church Commissioner of the Revenue will verify gross receipts reported to the City.
  • The business or non-profit had gross receipts of no less than $50,000 and no more than $1 million.
  • The business or non-profit did not receive Economic Development Authority (EDA) micro grants in previous funding rounds. (See the list of ineligible businesses here and here).
  • The business or non-profit did not receive Federal and/or State financial assistance (ex: PPP loans) for COVID-19.

How Can the $5,000 Grant be Used?
The grant recipient can use the funds for expenses directly related to the impacts of COVID-19 including:

  • Retaining and/or supporting employees
  • Restoring financial resiliency
  • Rent or mortgage payments
  • Addressing temporary COVID-19 related restrictions on business activity
  • Increasing technology capacity to enable alternative work forms
  • Creating new marketing campaigns
  • Revising business plans
  • Paying vendor invoices
  • Facility cleaning/restoration
  • Outdoor dining
  • Technical assistance, counseling or other services to support business planning