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At the direction of the Board of Supervisors, Chesterfield County, in partnership with the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce, is launching the “Back in Business” grant program to support small businesses negatively affected by COVID-19.
The $10,000 grants are designed to provide immediate relief to businesses to help them remain in business through the COVID-19 pandemic and prepare for reopening under the guidelines of Forward Virginia.
The $5 million dollars, dedicated for the grant program, will come from the federal funding Chesterfield County received from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Applicants will be required to demonstrate that they are eligible, that they were operational pre-COVID-19, and that they are suffering negative impacts from COVID-19 closures.
Final eligibility criteria for the program and the application process is expected to be confirmed by the end of May and applications are anticipated to be open in early June. Details on the program, as they become available, can be found on this web page

The Department of Economic Development is excited to announce two new programs designed to help Prince William County businesses adapt to the challenges caused by COVID-19 pandemic.


We recognize that it has not only been difficult, but costly for our business community to implement the new standards for public health and safety in order to operate a business today.  Prince William County has developed these grant programs to invest in our economy and assist in making our businesses more resilient to acclimate to changing business environment.


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On Monday, August 10, we will begin accepting applications for the Capital Investment and Innovation Grant and the Construction and Renovation Permit Rebate programs. You can read more about the two programs below or by visiting


Sign up to receive a notification when the application opens. If you have any questions about the program, feel free to contact:


Grants of up to $200,000 are available for businesses and building owners that make physical improvements or innovate a business model to continue to serve customers and employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Applications must be received by October 30, 2020.

Awardees will be reimbursed up to 50% of costs of physical improvements, including any soft costs such as design and consulting services. Grants may be awarded retroactively to any improvements made since April 1, 2020. Work must be completed by December 1, 2020.

Examples of investments and innovation:

  • Curbside pickup operations
  • HVAC Improvements
  • Shields or barriers at retail counters
  • Technology investments, such as laptops, web conferencing or other tools to help staff work remotely
  • Consultant costs incurred in making changes to your business to address COVID-19
  • Outdoor dining

Eligibility requirements:

  • Physical location in Prince William County
  • Must be in business for at least 2 years
  • Current on taxes and have a Prince William County Business license, if applicable
  • Franchises must have their corporate headquarters in Prince William County


Rebates of up to $2,000 for permitting fees for any upfit renovations and new construction projects.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through June 30, 2021 (as long as funds remain).


  • Projects must be less than 100,000 square feet in size
  • Tenant Layout, Alteration and Repair, and New Construction Permits
  • Commercial Real Estate Projects Only

Good news! The Small Business Relief Micro-Grant Program has been expanded to provide relief to more Prince William County Businesses. Applications for “Round 2” are now open and will run for ten days.

How is this round different? In addition to the businesses that were eligible for Round 1, if your organization:

  • is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization;
  • is home-based; or
  • employs between 1-50 employees,

you may now be considered for a grant and we encourage you to apply.

The Small Business Relief Micro-Grant Program provides financial grants of up to $10,000 to qualified Prince William County small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The grants will assist eligible businesses in maintaining operations and can be used for ongoing expenses such as payroll, rent and insurance. Grant recipients can also use funds to purchase e-commerce equipment or expand websites and online sales capabilities.

Applications may be submitted online. Or if you prefer, you can submit a paper application by email. We’re working on finalizing the paper version and will post updates on our website when it’s ready to go.

Please visit for more information on eligibility and the selection process. You’ll also find answers to frequently asked questions and contact info for staff who can help you through the application process.

If you need further translation services or need additional assistance in getting ready to complete the application, our Economic Development team is ready to assist. Please don’t hesitate to contact:

  • Clarice Grove at or 571-334-0242
  • Michele Weatherly at or 703-850-0140

Also, be sure to sign-up for email updates from PWC Economic Development.

We are here to help you!


Christina Winn
Executive Director
Prince William County Economic Development

Roanoke County Announces $1 Million Grant Program
for Small Businesses

The COVID-19 pandemic has severely and negatively impacted the region’s businesses–their employees, customers and owners. In response, Roanoke County and the Town of Vinton have established a $1,000,000 grant program to help our small businesses recover. Funded by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (or CARES) Act, these one-time grants of up to $10,000 will help eligible businesses cover some of their operational costs, deep clean facilities, pivot to respond to new market conditions, and more. Grant amounts will be based on the number of employees a business had pre-COVID-19 and are subject to availability of funds and the number of applications received.
Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Monday July 6, 2020. For more information, including eligibility requirements, and to download the application form, please go to


Grant DetailsGrant Application
101 N. 14th Street, 11th Floor Richmond, VA 23219
1(804) 786-6585