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  • DEADLINE: Final Deadline is November 15, 2020.
  •  In order to be eligible for the Business Adaptability Grant, businesses must have been in existence as of February 15, 2020.   
  • Businesses may apply for reimbursement to this program for up to a maximum of $10,000 (Previously $5,000)
  • Businesses that have already applied during the period June 1, 2020 to July 26, 2020 may submit a second (new) application to receive the difference between their original award and $10,000. 
  • Businesses must submit all itemized receipts, invoices at the time of application.
  • Businesses that have already applied during the period June 1, 2020 to July 26, 2020 must submit new payment receipts and include the itemized receipt documentation spreadsheet included in the application. 
  • Costs must be PAID - and proof of payment must be clear and included with the itemize invoice/receipt documentation
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The Montana Business Adaptability Grant has been created in response to the costs businesses and nonprofits in Montana incurred to adapt to the new business environment caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  The program will provide reimbursement for COVID-19 expenses related to keeping staff and customers safe – from the purchase of personal protective equipment to resources needed for staff to work remotely. 

Eligibility Requirements -  To be eligible to apply, businesses must meet all the following eligibility requirements:
· Montana-based business or nonprofit
· In good standing with the Secretary of State or Local Tribal Government
· Has incurred costs since March 1, 2020 to adapt to COVID-19 business restrictions

Ineligible Uses of Funds -
· To receive federal funds, may not be a marijuana-based business. 

 · Payroll expenses (see Business Stabilization program if you have these COVID-related costs)


Maximum Award:  Maximum reimbursement per applicant up to $10,000.  

Funds can be used for: Grants will provide reimbursement for costs incurred by businesses to offset costs of COVID-related supplies, communications, repairs and maintenance, travel costs and training to allow them to adapt to COVID-19 restrictions.  

Examples of costs eligible for reimbursement is provided below. 

Communications 

- Postage/shipping

- Software/Hardware to encourage remote work  

Repairs & maintenance 

- Replacement of porous surfaces with non-porous for ease of sanitation   

- Repairs & maintenance Remodel to add drive-through or curbside services   

Services 

- Installation for plexiglass or other barriers   

 - Contracting expenses for installation of equipment   

 - Cleaning services   

- Training costs for Covid Safety in food service

Supplies 

- Plexiglass or other barrier materials

- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) 

- Cleaning Supplies

- Hand Sanitizer

- Thermometers/Temperature checks

- Printing & Signage

- Floor markings for social distancing

- Caution tape or similar supplies for blocking off certain areas

- Hand Washing Stations 

- N-95 fit testing or fit testing equipment

- Stations for controlling client/customer movement

- Self-checkout kiosks

- Isolation and ventilation modification for ambulance vehicles

- Office furniture to encourage remote work

- Office supplies to encourage remote work

- Point-of-Sale (POS) systems to minimize customer/cashier interaction

Travel

- Hotel for quarantining employees    

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