Manassas City EDA Small Business COVID-19 Relief Fund expands eligibility

Manassas City Economic Development Authority (EDA) had a special morning meeting Saturday, May 23, 2020 to establish the requirements for a Small Business Relief Fund from a proposed transfer of CARES Act funds. The amount for the Small Business Relief Fund is assumed to be $400,000 but must be approved by Council. As your Councilwoman and EDA liaison, I support the EDA authorized requirements for the program following some specific and general guidelines listed below.

Specific Guidelines

  • Must have an active Business License
  • Must be current on City taxes and fees
  • Must submit a complete application

General Guidelines

  • Amount of Grant
    • $2500
    • At this time businesses are excluded to receive a Rent Relief Grant up to the amount of that grant ($2500)
  • Method of awarding grants
    • Lottery if the program is oversubscribed
  • Length of time in business
    • At least since Jan. 31, 2019 (to prove lost revenues there must be at least one prior year of business activity)
  • Number of Employees
    • Fewer than 25 permanent full-time employees.
  • Percentage of lost revenues in April & May y/y
    • 35% or greater in each month
  • Types of eligible businesses
    • Excluding home based businesses
    • Excluding franchises that are not locally owned and operated and National chains
    • Excluding new and used auto dealerships/sales
  • Length of time a business must remain open subsequent to receiving a grant
    • Until 12/30/2020
  • Length of advertising period
    • Two weeks
  • Length of application period: Visit the City of Manassas Economic Development website at for application information.
    • Two weeks
      Additional One week to process applications to qualify after Manassas City Council decision.

Contact for questions or assistance.

Theresa Coates Ellis for Manassas City Mayor. Election Nov. 3rd, 2020.