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City of Toledo
Department of Economic Development

CLOSED  Deadline  8/17/2022
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Program Description  [hide this]

The City of Toledo has established the Emergency Microenterprise Recovery Grant (“EMRG”) to aid in the economic recovery of microenterprises negatively impacted by the Covid-19 Emergency. Microenterprises, the smallest businesses in our city, contribute to the vitality of our neighborhoods, support families, create jobs and are essential to the economic health of Toledo.

EMRG is a grant program designed to assist for-profit microenterprises to maintain or restart operations and retain jobs by providing up to $5,000 for eligible operating expenses incurred between March 1, 2020 and June 30, 2020. Applicants will submit documentation for eligible operating expenses as defined below.

The EMRG program is funded with Federal Community Development Block Grant (“CDBG”) disaster relief funds. Therefore, grant funds are subject to federal requirements as incorporated throughout this document. EMRG is a one-time program that will terminate once grant funds are disbursed.


Applications will be processed in the order they are received and grants will be awarded to eligible applicants who have provided all required documentation, until all remaining funds have been awarded.


 Grant funds will be disbursed by ACH direct deposit into a successful applicant’s business bank account. Grant recipients are required to complete an informational survey both prior to and after funding.

Eligible/Ineligible Applicants  [hide this]


A microenterprise is defined as a small-scale business with five or fewer employees (or their part-time equivalence), including the owner(s).

Eligible applicants meet all of the following criteria:

  • Applicant meets at least one of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) eligibility requirements:
  • For-profit businesses located in the City of Toledo.
  • Business has an active registration with the City of Toledo, Division of Taxation.
  • Applicant is 51%+ majority owner of the business.
  • Applicant is 18 years or older.
  • Applicant will provide an Employer Identification Number (EIN), a DUNS number, and a Social Security Number (SSN). An EIN is not required for Sole Proprietorships.
  • Business has been in operation since January 1, 2020.
  • Business has five or fewer full-time employees or their equivalent as of February 15, 2020.
  • Applicant and applicant’s business are in good standing with governmental entities (i.e. current on income tax, property tax, utilities, code violations, fees).


  • Landlords
  • Realtors
  • 501(c)(3) organizations
  • Social service agencies
  • Religious institutions
  • Lobbying organizations
  • Applicant, and any owners thereof, who are employees of the City of Toledo
  • Other ineligible businesses include payday loan businesses, liquor and tobacco stores, pawn shops, firearm or other weapons dealers, adult entertainment, passive real estate investments, or home-based businesses operating without appropriate zoning and/or permits.

Eligible Operating Expenses/Documentation  [hide this]


Operating expenses incurred by businesses that are eligible for the grant are defined below:

  • Purchases to restock inventory for resale
  • Supplies needed to conduct business safely according to state and federal COVID emergency guidelines, including personal protective equipment.
  • Professional cleaning services or cleaning supplies
  • Commercial mortgage payment, unless delinquent prior to March 1, 2020
  • Rent, except rent paid to an entity in which applicant is an owner
  • Utilities


EMRG will grant businesses up to $5,000 for eligible operating expenses incurred by the business between March 1, 2020 and June 30, 2020. Applicants shall submit, by uploading in the Documents section of this application, receipts or invoices for eligible expenses.


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Applicants MUST provide a DUNS number to be eligible for the EMRG grant. DUNS Number assignment is FREE for all businesses required to register for federal grants. For more information on obtaining a DUNS number, click here. To create a DUNS number, click here.

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