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These Chandler Businesses Are Eligible For $10,000 Grants

Exterior of Chandler city hall at night
City of Chandler
Chandler City Hall

Some businesses in Chandler can collect money for keeping their employees or hiring new ones. It’s the city’s latest program to help businesses hurt most by the pandemic.

Local, for-profit businesses with no more than 100 workers may be eligible for $1,300 per employee retained or hired since Dec. 31, 2019.

Economic Development Director Micah Miranda said Chandler came up with the $1,300 figure by looking at the financial impact of each job in the following sectors:

  • Accommodation and Food Services
  • Health Care and Social Assistance
  • Retail Trade
  • Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
  • Manufacturing
  • Arts, Entertainment and Recreation

“So economic activity can mean everything,” Miranda said. “Wages spent, the trickle through effect on the economy, they’re paying their lease taxes, they’re paying utilities-all of that spending by the business on a per job basis generates revenue for the city.”
Qualifying businesses can receive up to $10,000. Chandler earmarked more than $9 million for the program using federal stimulus dollars it received from the state.

The grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis in the six industries most impacted by COVID-19, based on unemployment insurance claims and state-ordered restrictions on certain business types.

In order to qualify, a business must submit a copy of its December 2019 IRS Form 941 (Employer’s Quarterly Federal Tax Return) and the latest quarter’s Form 941 showing employee hiring and retention verification.

The business cannot be home-based; it must own or lease property in Chandler and be committed to staying in the city through Dec. 31, 2020.

The Arizona Community Foundation is administering the program for the city of Chandler. Details on the application process are here.

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As a senior field correspondent, Christina Estes focuses on stories that impact our economy, your wallet and public policy.