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City of Miami Gardens

Business Assistance Program
CLOSED  Deadline  2/22/2021
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The purpose of the Miami Gardens Small Business Initiative Program (MGSBIP) is to aid small businesses via a working capital grant in support of their general operations. Funds available will be provided to small businesses to assist with ensuring they are able to operate and grow their business in the City of Miami Gardens. This program would provide a one-time grant to eligible Miami Gardens small businesses.

To be considered for funding, applicants must apply using the information provided. One-time grant awards will be accessible to business owners in amounts up to $10,000. The grant award may be used to defray the costs of eligible expenses listed as Eligible Uses under Eligibility Criteria.


Businesses must meet the following criteria to apply for a one-time MGSBIP Grant:

• Based within the City limits of Miami Gardens;

• Be a for-profit business or non-profit business;

• Have been in operation prior to October 1, 2019;

• Be legally registered, fully licensed (as required by applicable law), and up to date on tax payments/filings through 2019.

Note: Priority will be given to businesses with annual revenues of $1 million or less


Commercial property lease or mortgage payments

Business development costs such as professional services, inventory/supplies/equipment, or other expenses occurring in the ordinary course of business.

Business Interruption Costs

Payroll for employee retention

Electric Utilities

Facilities overhead costs, such as security, insurance, maintenance, etc.

Ineligible Businesses

Businesses engaged in legal gambling activities (excluding Florida Lottery ticket sales);

Businesses engaged in any illegal activity;

Businesses whose primary source of revenue (>75%) is the sale of packaged alcoholic liquors;

Businesses that present live performances of a sexual nature or engage in the sale of products or services, or the presentation of any depictions or displays, of a sexual nature;

Businesses associated with gambling, CBD/medical marijuana, or adult entertainment;

Businesses that are publicly traded; and

Lending and investment institutions, insurance companies, golf courses, or chain stores.

This list is not exhaustive. Therefore, other ineligible businesses as determined by the City of Miami Gardens’ application process can be denied assistance.


1. Program application will be accessed through the Zoom Grants system. Applications will be reviewed on a first come first served basis.

2. Application window is open February 16, 2021 at 9am and close February 22, 2021 at 5pm. No applications will be accepted outside this application window.

3. Please submit only ONE application per business. Multiple applications by the same applicant will result in automatic disqualification. Only completed applications will be reviewed and considered.

4. No paper applications will be accepted.

5. If you have questions or require assistance with the online application, contact Dr. James Poag at 305-622-8000 ext 2704 or via email at

6. Once application is submitted, applicants will receive email confirmation that the application was received. Should we require additional information you will be contacted via email or phone.


Eligible applicants must upload the following documents during the application process. Applications will not be accepted unless the following are provided:

1. Copy of Government issued ID. A scanned copy of the front of the applicant's Florida driver's license or identification card. The name must match the applicant name for this application, as well as one of the names associated with the business in Sunbiz;

2. Copy of up-to-date Business License registration for the City of Miami Gardens;

3. Evidence of business operating in the City of Miami Gardens for a minimum of one year;

4. Business tax returns as follows:

Sole Proprietorship: Form 1040, US Individual Income Tax Return, Sch. C, Profit or Loss from Business

Partnerships: Form 1065, U.S. Return of Partnership Income, Schedule K-1, Partners Share of Income, Deductions and Credits

Corporations: Form 1120, U.S. Corporation Income Tax Return S Corporations: Form 1120S, U.S.

S-Corporation Income Tax Return

*Note: Limited Liability Company (LLC) – IRS will treat an LLC as either a corporation, partnership, or as part of the LLC’s owner’s tax return (a “disregarded entity”). Specifically, a domestic LLC with at least two members is classified as a partnership (Form 1065) for federal income tax purposes unless it files Form 8832 and affirmatively elects to be treated as a corporation (Form 1120 or 1120S). And an LLC with only one member is treated as an entity disregarded as separate from its owner for income tax purposes (Form 1040, Schedule C).

5. Payroll report for past three months prior to application;

6. Proof of economic injury. This can be:

Quarterly Profit & Loss (P&L) statements from November 1, 2020 - January 31, 2021;


Quarterly Form 941s from November 1, 2020 - January 31, 2021 (Taxpayer ID on these forms must match both W-9 and Sunbiz)

7. Proof of employee count (for businesses of 2-20 employees ONLY): Must provide a Form W-3 or quarterly Form 941 from November 1, 2020 - January 31, 2021. (Taxpayer ID on these documents must match both W-9 and Sunbiz);

Note: Businesses with 0-1 employee (including the applicant) do not need to provide proof of employee count. All grantees will be required to complete a final report to substantiate the use of grant funds.

8. Financial Statement/Monthly Expenses for last 12 Months;

9. Rental Agreement or Mortgage Statement (if applicable);

10. Completed W9 Form.



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