Need to know: Additional CARES Act funding for Savannah; how to apply

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Savannah business owners facing hardships due to the pandemic have another chance to get financial help.

Applications for a second round of CARES Act funding for Savannah open Tuesday at 8 a.m.

Mayor Van Johnson is hoping to use $1.6 million to help as many as 80 businesses. He’s looking to give out some of that money to owners that have fewer than five employees, as well as minority-owned businesses.

The maximum grant amount this time around is $20,000. In the first round, 42 Savannah businesses were given grants of up to $50,000.

How to apply

To be eligible for a grant, businesses must meet the following criteria:

  • Located within the City of Savannah limits
  • In existence and operational as of Jan. 1, 2020
  • Have 10 or fewer employees
  • Have incurred a loss of income or hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic, and
  • Have not received a City of Savannah CARES grant in round one

Applicants must submit the following documents:

  • Current City of Savannah business license
  • Last filed business tax return
  • Monthly profit and loss statements from January to June 2020

Businesses can apply online at

According to the city, applications must be completed in full with all required documents uploaded by the deadline: Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 5 p.m. Incomplete applications won’t be considered for CARES Act funding.

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