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This Grant Program has Closed

The Open for Business – Recovery Assistance Grant was made available by Wythe County, Town of Wytheville and Town of Rural Retreat through Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding awarded from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). Administration of the grant program is provided by Downtown Wytheville Incorporated, Joint Industrial Development Authority of Wythe County, Visit Wytheville, and Wytheville-Wythe-Bland Chamber of Commerce on behalf of the localities.


The remaining funds from this grant program provide one time, emergency funding to eligible, for-profit businesses located in Wythe County for rent and mortgage relief to assist with business disruptions due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Limited funds are available. Applications must be submitted with all required documentation, as listed in these guidelines, for consideration.


Below you will find information about the grant program guidelines. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until funds are exhausted. Financial statements are required as are some basic qualifications including a statement of impact from COVID-19. Acceptable uses of the financial assistance include operational expenses like rent, payroll, and utilities, as well as purchase of inventory and marketing.

Funding Partners

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Open for Business Grant Fund Guidelines


Funding for the Rent & Mortgage portion (county wide) of this program is still available.


Wythe County businesses meeting all the below eligibility criteria are encouraged to apply:


  • Must be an existing for-profit business, locally owned and operated in Wythe County

  • Must demonstrate that they were operational pre-COVID-19 (March 1, 2020)

  • Must be current on all local taxes, business licenses, and public loans (including but not limited to the JIDA Revolving Loan Fund) as of March 1, 2020

  • Must demonstrate impacts due to COVID-19, (e.g., revenue loss, reduced sales, closure or suspended operation, employment decline, business interruption)



Businesses may qualify for rent or mortgage relief as outlined below:


  • Grants of up to $10,000 for a maximum of six months are available for rent and mortgage relief.

  • Businesses with 20 or fewer employees (full time equivalents - FTE) are eligible. For this purpose, two part-time employees will count as one full time equivalent.

  • Funds will be distributed on a reimbursement basis from April 1, 2020, forward with proof of payment and verification.

  • A check will be written upon award for rent expenses incurred to date.



Awards must be expended in compliance with state and federal law, and may be issued as:


  • Reimbursement for rent or mortgage expenses



Grant funds may not be used for:


  • Payment of town or county utility expenses (e.g., water and sewer bills)

  • Payment of state, county, or town taxes

  • The same use as previously received CARES Act funding (ex: if the business has received PPP funds, they may not use this grant to cover payroll for the same time period)


The following businesses are not eligible:

  • Businesses who have previously received funding from Wythe County’s Open for Business grant program

  • Businesses not currently in operation or are permanently closed

  • Banks and financial services

  • Charitable, religious, governmental, or other non-profit organizations

  • Independent contractors operating multilevel or network marketing businesses (e.g., Avon, Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, Sabika, etc.)

  • Franchise businesses, except those franchises which are locally owned and operated

  • Businesses engaged in speculation or investment in rental real estate

  • Businesses determined ineligible under SBA guidelines listed here:



Businesses can access the application online at Applications may be submitted by email to, or mailed or delivered to the Downtown Wytheville office located at:


Downtown Wytheville Incorporated

180 West Main, Suite 4
Wytheville, VA 24382



  • Completed Application

  • Proof of rent/mortgage payments (front & back processed check images, bank printouts of draft payments)

  • Copy of current lease agreement

  • Monthly financial statements for the first six (6) months of 2020 including profit & loss and balance sheet

  • Financial Impact Statement (spreadsheet provided below)

  • W-9 Form


Applications are subject to verification. Application submission does not guarantee grant awards. Each application must be accompanied by all required documentation to be eligible for consideration. Complete applications will be accepted and considered immediately, and grants will be awarded until funds have been depleted. Grants from government entities are generally considered income and therefore taxable – please consult with your accountant or tax preparer for more information.

Document links below:

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Please contact a participating partner with questions or for assistance with the application

Downtown Wytheville

180 W. Main St., Wytheville, VA 24382


Joint IDA of Wythe County

190 S. First St., Wytheville, VA 24382


Wytheville-Wythe-Bland Chamber of Commerce

150 E. Monroe St., Wytheville, VA 24382


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