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.

Florence First Grant Recipients
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
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.