• Advocacy Team

Your Guide to the Ohio Small Business Relief Grant

Updated: Nov 12



On October 26, Ohio officially decided to offer millions in aid that the Greater Cleveland Partnership advocated for to help Ohio families, businesses, and others who have been impacted by COVID-19. businesses, and others who have been impacted by COVID-19. The measure is funded by the federal CARES Act.


GCP recommends interested members follow these steps as soon as possible:

  1. Determine your eligibility for newly announced programs. To view program descriptions and eligibility, click here.

  2. For eligible small businesses, create an OH|ID today. You will need an existing OH|ID to access the Small Business Relief Grant application. Individuals will be required to login using their OH|ID, which provides users with secure access to State of Ohio services and programs. Click here to create your OH|ID account now.

  3. For all program applicants, assemble the required documents for your application to ensure you apply for assistance accurately and in a timely manner.

Your Guide to the Small Business Grant Program


Key Features

To check your eligibility for the program, review the State of Ohio's fact sheet for small businesses interested in applying here.


Each business that meets the criteria and submits a complete application will be eligible for a grant of $10,000 in accordance with the following guidelines:

  • $44 million of the total $125 million in grant funds will be set aside to ensure businesses in all 88 counties receive funding. 50 businesses will be funded in each county. As applications are approved on a first-come, first-served basis, grants will be awarded first from each county’s allocation.

  • When a county’s allocation is depleted, grants will be awarded from the remainder of funding on a first-come, first-served basis regardless of the business’ location in Ohio.

  • If Ohio DSA does not receive eligible applications sufficient to award all 50 grants to businesses in each county within the first 21 days after the application is opened, the remaining funds allocated to that county will be available to businesses regardless of their location in Ohio.

The application for the program will be available November 2, 2020 at 10:00 AM at businesshelp.ohio.gov. Don't forget, individuals will be required to login using an existing OH|ID or create a new OH|ID. You may create an ID at any point before November 2.


Application Checklist

A business is only eligible to receive one grant under this program, and entities with the same FEIN will be considered one business for purposes of determining eligibility for the program. Businesses will be required to provide the following information to apply:

  • Applicant business name

  • Applicant Business Address (must be an Ohio location and not a personal residence)

  • Applicant Business County

  • Applicant Business Federal Employment Identification Number (FEIN)

  • Applicant Business Industry Type

  • Applicant Business Ownership Demographic Information

  • Applicant Business Type (corporation, LLC, partnership, joint venture, sole proprietor)

  • Number of years the applicant business has been in operation

  • Amount of funding received by the applicant business from other federal, state or local pandemic-related financial relief programs

  • Applicant Business Representative Name

  • Applicant Business Representative Phone

  • Applicant Business Representative Email (will be used for all communication with the applicant)

  • Number of W2 Employees of the applicant business as of 1/1/2020.

Applicants will be required to attach documentation verifying that the applicant business had at least 1 and no more than 25 Ohio employees paid via W2 wages as of 1/1/2020, determined either by a headcount or full-time equivalent employee calculation. The attachment must clearly identify the applicant business name and must match the name submitted in the application. No more than one document can be attached, and ONLY the following documentation will be accepted to prove the number of Ohio W2 employees:

If using headcount:

  • Payroll records from the period that included 1/1/2020 verifying that the applicant business had at least 1 and no more than 25 Ohio employees paid via W2 wages as of 1/1/2020;

  • A copy of any year-end documentation (calendar year 2019) filed with the Ohio Department of Taxation verifying that the applicant business had at least 1 and no more than 25 Ohio employees paid via W2 wages;

  • Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services unemployment tax quarterly report for year-end (calendar year 2019) verifying that the applicant business had at least 1 and no more than 25 Ohio employees paid via W2 wages;

  • Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation application, true-up, or business policy for 2019 verifying that the applicant business had at least 1 and no more than 25 Ohio employees paid via W2 wages.

If using a full-time equivalent calculation:

  • Payroll records for calendar year 2019, along with a calculation verifying that the applicant business had at least 1 and no more than 25 Ohio full-time equivalent employees paid via W2 wages during calendar year 2019. Full-time equivalents are calculated by dividing the total number of W2 wage hours compensated by the applicant business in calendar year 2019 by 2080.


  • Verification that the applicant business has incurred business costs during the 60-day period prior to the application being filed

Applicants will be required to attach documentation verifying that business costs were incurred by the applicant business during the 60-day period prior to the application being filed. The attachment must clearly identify the applicant business name and must match the name submitted in the application. No more than one document can be attached, and ONLY the following documentation will be accepted to prove business costs incurred:

  • Payroll records for any period in the last 60 days prior to the application;

  • Utility bills charged to the business named in the application for any period in the last 60 days prior to the application;

  • Rent or mortgage payments for business premises (only payments for non residential properties will be accepted) charged to the business named in the application for any period in the last 60 days prior to the application;

  • Supplies or equipment purchased by, leased, financed or charged to the business named in the application in the last 60 days prior to the application.


  • A copy of the applicant business’ most recently filed federal or State of Ohio income tax return. The return must clearly identify the business name and must match the name submitted in the application. The applicant business may upload only the first page of the tax return if the entire document cannot be uploaded.

  • Certification that the applicant agrees to be subject to these Term and Conditions of the Small Business Relief Grant.

To review all terms and conditions of the program, click here.

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Questions?


Contact the GCP Advocacy team at advocacy@gcpartnership.com.



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