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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Below are additional resources for the business community.
Permits (tents, heaters in tents, expanding outdoor seating, park rentals)
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
Applications must be accompanied by a signed W-9 form from the IRS.
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
Technical assistance, counseling or other services to support business planning