Direct business payments released; other assistance available

Within the past week, the Department of Revenue released an initial round of COVID-19 business relief payments to qualifying businesses. In the event a business believes they qualified for direct COVID-19 business relief but did not receive a payment, or received the wrong amount, the Department of Revenue established a website for businesses to inquire. Inquires need to be submitted by 5 p.m. on Feb. 5, 2021 or they will not be considered.

If a business did not qualify for direct payments, over $100 million was distributed to counties to provide assistance. Both businesses and nonprofits are eligible for this application pool. Counties have discretion in how this money is distributed. To see if your business/nonprofit qualifies please contact your county directly.

Qualifying convention centers and movie theaters also have a separate fund that they can apply for through the Department of Employment and Economic Development.