Small Business Emergency Grant Program (COVID-19)

The deadline for the COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Grant Program was Friday, May 1, 2020 at 4:30 pm. The City is no longer accepting applications. 

Program description and application

Small businesses in Marshfield are going through an unprecedented situation right now due to COVID-19 pandemic. To provide some assistance in these difficult times, the City of Marshfield Mayor Bob McManus has proposed a grant program to help small businesses. The City and Economic Development Board have agreed to provide up to $100,000 from the economic development fund to assist local small businesses during this crisis. The program, called “COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Grant Program” will be rolled out on the City website on Wednesday, April 29, 2020.

 Eligibility Requirements:

  • The applicant must be a local, non-franchise business with 15 FTE or fewer employees as of March 17, 2020.
  • The applicant’s business must have been operating and open to the general public as of March 17, 2020.
  • The applicant must be in good standing at the time of application with the State of Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions and the City of Marshfield (If you, as the applicant, are the responsible party for the following, they must all be up to date: real and property taxes, outstanding payments, potential judgements, licenses, fines, permit fees, or other amounts due the City.).
  • The applicant’s business must have a physical presence outside the home, within a bricks and mortar building and be located within the City limits.
  • The applicant must be presently in a state of total closure or be unable to operate one or more of the main facets of its business, such as dine-in food and drink sales, as a result of any state-mandated closure order related to COVID-19 on or after March 17, 2020. A business able to continue operations remotely or while in compliance with social distancing guidelines is not eligible.
  • Non-profits are not eligible for this program.
  • A business that has already applied for and received funding from other programs implemented to address the COVID-19 pandemic, prior to April 29, 2020, are not eligible. If it is determined that funding is received prior to that date, the grant shall be considered a loan and must be repaid back to the City no later than December 31, 2020. In the event that recovery of the proceeds requires the institution of a lawsuit, the City will be entitled to recover all reasonable costs incurred in such action including reasonable attorney’s fees. Individuals receiving their stimulus or unemployment compensation are still eligible for this program.
  • The maximum grant award is $2,000 per business.

Small businesses may apply for a grant of up to $2,000 to help cover the following eligible business expenses (expenses must occur from March 17, 2020 through June 1, 2020):

  • All grants, up to $2,000 total, are based on documented eligible business expenses. Documentation of expenses must accompany the grant application (invoices, bills, estimates, etc.). Requested amounts that do not include documentation will not be eligible for funding. Expenses must occur from March 17, 2020 through June 1, 2020. Eligible business expenses are listed below:
    • Commercial Building Mortgage/Lease/Rent
    • Utilities (gas, electric, water, sewer)
    • E-Commerce or website development for the business (may be cost estimates or quotes if project has not started at the time of the grant deadline)
  • Information submitted by the applicant for this program is considered public record.