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Posted on: June 23, 2020

Recipients Announced: Grants for Small Businesses and Non-Profits

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The City of Falls Church Economic Development Authority (EDA) is proud to announce the winners of the second round of the EDA COVID-19 Emergency Grant Program. This round was open to a wider range of small businesses and non-profit applicants. Each recipient will receive $2,000 to help with urgent expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic. All 42 eligible applicants will receive funding thanks to the EDA and a generous $4,000 donation made by the 2020 graduating class of George Mason High School. 

The grant recipients are (listed in alphabetic order):

  • Andy & Catherine, Inc T/A New Moon Restaurant
  • BB skincare inc
  • Cafe Nho
  • Carlyn Davis Casting & Production Services, Inc.
  • Cat Sitting by Susan
  • Corwin Training LLC
  • Creative Cauldron
  • Everest Beauty Salon
  • Falls Church Arts, Inc
  • Falls Church Education Foundation
  • Falls Church Music Conservatory
  • Falls Church Preschool & Daycare, Inc
  • Father and Son Barber Shop
  • Gigi’s Salon Parisienne, INC DBA Perfect Ending Hair Salon
  • Golem, Elizabeth K LAC T/A Meridian Healing Works
  • Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce
  • Hair Nail Boutique Inc
  • Hau Giang Corp
  • His Time Hair Salon
  • Hoa Vien Quan
  • Hoang Gia Cafe Inc
  • Hoang Tho Barber Shop
  • Kim Chau Jewelry
  • Lacay Mi Gia Ltd
  • Lil City Creamery
  • Mimi Beauty Care LLC
  • Miracle Hands & Spa Inc
  • Ngoc Huong J. Or PKV Corporation
  • Phuoc Loc Corporation
  • Phuong Hair Beauty LLC
  • Phuong’s Alterations
  • Rare Bird Coffee LLC
  • SCG Insurance & Financial Services INC
  • Smitty’s Unisex Barber Shop
  • TeaDM LLC
  • The Unity Club
  • Thien Hy, Inc
  • Tin Hanh Jewelers
  • Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation
  • Tri-State Jewelers Inc.
  • Welsh Printing
  • Yellow Diamond LLC

The EDA created the program to acknowledge the negative financial impact of COVID-19 on many City businesses and to show and give support to the community. The first round of the grant was awarded to 84 small businesses on May 20, 2020. The eligibility requirements of the grant were then widened to assist a broader range of small businesses and non-profits in the City when a second round of grants was offered. The grant can be used for salary, benefits, rent, and other operating expenses. 

A total of 85 applications were submitted, and 42 were eligible for the grant. Eligibility included being located in the City, having gross receipts of $50,000 to $700,000 (an increase of $200,000 from round one of the grant), having 50 or fewer employees, and more.

Requirements for Eligibility

The businesses or non-profit must have met all the requirements listed here:

  1. The business or non-profit must have been operating in the City of Falls Church for at least one year, as reported to the City on their business license.
  2. The business or non-profit must be in good financial standing with the City of Falls Church tax payments and regulations as of February 2020.
  3. The business must have gross receipts of $50,000 to $700,000, as reported to the City on their business license.
  4. The primary business or non-profit has experienced a decrease in revenues by at least 50% since 2019.
  5. The business or non-profit must be in a business or commercial location, as reported to the City on their business license.
  6. The business or non-profit must have fewer than 50 employees.
  7. The business was not selected to receive a COVID-19 Emergency Grant from the EDA in May (see news release).
  8. The primary business or non-profit must be one of the following:
    • Non-profit organization with at least one paid employee, who works in their commercial location in the City.
    • Dining establishment, food court, brewery, microbrewery, distillery, winery, tasting room, or farmers market;
    • Theater, performing arts center, concert venue, museum, or other indoor entertainment center
    • Fitness center, gymnasium, recreation center, indoor sports facility, or indoor exercise facility; 
    • Beauty salon, barbershop, spa, massage parlor, tanning salon, tattoo shop, or any other personal care or personal grooming business; 
    • Racetrack or historic horse racing facility;
    • Bowling alley, skating rink, arcade, amusement park, trampoline park, fair, arts and craft facility, aquarium, zoo, escape room, or indoor shooting range;
    • Public or private social club;
    • Any other indoor public amusement;
    • Or a brick and mortar retail businesses whose primary revenues are derived from walk-in or in-person sales.

Which Businesses and Non-Profits are Not Eligible?

  • Any business or non-profit that does not meet all the requirements of items 1 through 8 above.
  • Businesses that are considered "essential" under Governor Northam’s Executive Order 53, including, but not limited to:
    • Grocery store, pharmacy, or other retailers that sell food and beverage products or pharmacy products, including dollar stores and department stores with grocery or pharmacy operations;
    • Medical, laboratory, and vision supply retailer
    • Electronic retailer that sells or services cell phones, computers, tablets, and other communications technology;
    • Automotive parts, accessories, and tire retailer or automotive repair facility;
    • Home improvement, hardware, building material, and building supply retailer;
    • Lawn and garden equipment retailer;
    • Beer, wine, or liquor store;
    • Retail function of a gas station or a convenience store;
    • Retail located within healthcare facilities;
    • Bank or other financial institutions with retail functions;
    • Pet and feed store;
    • Printing and office supply store;
    • Laundromat or dry cleaner;
    • Offices professional services/consulting/accounting/government contracting businesses, home-based business, E-commerce, auto use, seasonable business, businesses whose primary product/service is oriented to age restricted customers such as vape shops;
    • Or franchise business (unless they are locally owned and operated), or corporate-owned locations, branches or subsidiaries.

Questions? Need More Information?

Contact the City of Falls Church Economic Development Office,

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