Florence First

“Florence First” is a relief grant offering special economic assistance to businesses to help with paying their mortgage or lease, utilities, payroll administration, and business inventory expenses. Funded under the CARES Act, “Florence First” will provide cost reimbursement grants to as many small, local businesses as possible to help bridge the gap during this extraordinary time.

Grant Applications with "Alternate Status": September 2020
Florence First Relief Grant will fund our previous "Florence First" Applicants with an "Alternate Status," meaning they were qualified applicants not previously funded by receiving special economic assistance.

The Planning & Community Development Department is thrilled to announce the City of Florence has received an additional $244,324 in CARES Act grant funding.  This additional funding will allow the "Florence First" Grant Relief program to award a second round of funding to qualified applicants that were not previously funded.  The grant will not accept new applications
Media Release

Florence First Grant Recipients: June 2020
Congratulations to the thirty-seven Florence First Grant Recipients. Learn more about the dynamics of the recipients. The average longevity of the businesses is twenty years, with the oldest company being over a hundred years old.  We are grateful to all of our Florence Businesses and thank all of the 126 applicants.

5 Florence First Facts
Learn more about the Florence First relief grant offering special economic assistance to businesses to help with paying their mortgage or lease, utilities, payroll administration, and business inventory expenses.


Application: Closed May 14, 2020
The application for Florence First is a fillable PDF available for download here: Florence First Application. Save the application upon download, complete on your device, then save to your local drive.

Webinar
Thank you to the 200+ participants who joined the webinar!

Evaluation Criteria

Evaluators will utilize a project scoring criterion for the purposes of making funding recommendations.  Scoring will also help determine the priority of project applications in the likely event requests exceed funding availability. The highest scoring projects will be recommended for funding. Evaluation Criteria may be downloaded here Florence First Evaluation Criteria.

Important Dates
Wednesday, May 6, 2020, at 11:00 am - Florence First Press Conference
Thursday, May 7, 2020, at 2:00 pm - Florence First Application Webinar
Friday, May 8, 2020, at 6:00 am - Florence First Application Submittal Period Opens
Thursday, May 14, 2020, at 5:00 pm - Florence First Application Submittal Period Closes
Friday, May 22, 2020 - Notification of Award begins via e-mail
Friday, May 29, 2020 - Awardee deadline to accept award as a new grantee.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - Grantee contracts approved.