The Surprise City Council voted Tuesday night to disperse $430,000 in funding to address coronavirus-related community and business needs.
More than half of the funding will be allocated to a new Small Business Relief Grant program, with the rest supporting meal programs, water utility assistance, and homeless outreach.
The Small Business Relief Grant program seeks to distribute $250,000 to businesses in Surprise with fewer than 25 employees and less than $2 million in revenues. The businesses must have experienced economic distress and loss of revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic and closures compliant with Governor Doug Ducey’s Executive Orders. The grant dollars are intended to assist for-profit businesses with rent, utilities, payroll expenses and other necessary operating costs. Grants amounts will be determined by business category, ranging from $1,500 in Category 1 to $10,000 in Category 5. Administration of the grant will be facilitated by a third party, so up to an additional $25,000 has been approved for that purpose. Council may choose to add additional funding to the grant program, pending demand.
The city anticipates accepting applications on September 14. For more information, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/smallbusinessgrant.
The remaining $155,000 in funding will be used in support of the following social service programs:
- Surprise Senior Center Meal Program - $25,000 to continue free senior meal services at the Surprise Senior Center.
- Home Delivered Meal Program & Group Supported Workers - $60,000 to a local non-profit delivering meal to homes and employing adults with disabilities.
- Homeless Outreach - $55,000 to pay for non-profit homeless services provider to conduct outreach, provide services, and purchase a van to transport guests.
- Water Utility Assistance - $15,000 to help qualifying residents pay their water bills. For assistance, please call the Surprise Resource Center HOPE line at 623.222.4673.
AZ CARES money distributed to the city of Surprise provides the ability to offer these programs.