Economic Development

DoorDash recently announced a new $450,000 grant program for Virginia restaurants in partnership with the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association (VRLTA). The contribution is part of DoorDash’s $200 million, 5-year Main Street Strong Pledge, which includes a $10 million effort to help restaurants in select cities across the United States and Canada.

The program will be administered by VRLTA, with assistance from local partners across the Commonwealth. VRLTA will manage the application and selection processes as well as the distribution of funds. Grants of $3,500 will be awarded, and recipients will be chosen by judges from the restaurant and tourism industries. The judges will ensure grants are distributed across Virginia and prioritize businesses which have not benefited from other financial assistance. In addition, a minimum of 20% of the grants will be earmarked to minority-owned and/or women-owned businesses.  Applications will be available on the VRLTA website from February 4, 2021 to March 1, 2021, and grants will be distributed to selected restaurants by the first week of April. 

Paycheck Protection Program Loan Is Back

The Small Business Administration is now accepting applications for Second Draw PPP Loans.

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) now allows certain eligible borrowers that previously received a loan to apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan with the same general  loan terms.

A borrower is generally eligible for a Second Draw PPP Loan if he or she:

  • Previously received a First Draw PPP Loan and will or has used the full amount only for authorized uses
  • Has no more than 300 employees; and
  • Can demonstrate at least a 25% reduction in gross receipts between comparable quarters in 2019 and 2020

You can apply for from January 13th until March 31, 2021.

City Delivers $750,000 in Relief to Small Businesses

The City of Charlottesville Office of Economic Development (OED) is pleased to announce that 128 small businesses have received funds from the Small Business Relief Grant (SBRG) program. The full list can be found at the Small Business Relief Grant link.

Phase Three All Business Sectors

Governor Northam announced Phase Three guidelines for all Business Sectors.  Read about the Governor’s Safer at Home: Phase Three for more information.  

Project Rebound

Project Rebound, a local economic recovery initiative for our area, recently released "A Blueprint for Economic Resiliency and Reinvention in Greater Charlottesville Region". The report, produced by KPMG LLP, maps out economic recovery action steps for the business community.  The recommended actions are based on data from stakeholder meetings and follow-up interviews with more than 300 local participants. The project was led by the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce with support from the City, County and University economic development efforts. Click to see the full Blueprint report.

SBA Disaster Assistance

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan and EIDL Advance program portal to further meet the needs of small businesses impacted by COVID-19.  See the SBA Disaster Assistance website for all the details and to apply.

Links to Assistance for Businesses During COVID-19

Financial Resources

Additional Information

  • Charlottesville restaurants and stores  currently "open" for business: CVILLESHOPS 

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