Nelson CARES Small Business Assistance Grant Program- Interest Forms Now Available

Due to the impact of COVID-19 on Nelson County small businesses and their employees, the Nelson County Board of Supervisors are providing emergency financial support through the NELSON CARES 2020 Small Business Assistance Grant Program. NELSON CARES 2020 is targeted at qualified small businesses that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic due to Stay at Home Orders and supply chain shortages. The program will provide one-time grants of up to $30,000 to help offset temporary loss of revenue, increased costs due to mitigation measures, and other business critical operating expenses incurred due the effects of COIVD-19. The County has identified $350,000 in emergency relief funds to support the small businesses hardest hit by the pandemic, specifically local businesses with a commercial location in the County. The source of funding for this grant program is the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Federal stimulus package.

The objective of this program is to offer immediate financial assistance to small businesses in Nelson County to aid in maintaining their business and workforce. Funding is limited and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. The County of Nelson reserves the right to determine eligibility on a case-by-case basis. Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission will administer the grant program in coordination with the County of Nelson. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Please carefully read and review program eligibility criteria. Those with additional questions may contact the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission Small Business Grant Information line at (434) 979-7310 or emailing