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Defiance County, Ohio

Small Business Relief Program 

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Small, locally owned businesses make up the heart of Defiance County, Ohio. Over the years these small businesses have provided unwavering support to the community by sponsoring student led activities, donating supplies in times of needs, and keeping the regions economy healthy. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has hit many of these small businesses hard and the time has come to thank them for their support over the years. To provide financial relief to businesses struggling from impacts of the pandemic, the Defiance County Commissioners have created the Defiance County Small Business Relief Program using CARES Act funding.  

The Small Business Relief Program provides up to $5,000 in grant money to locally owned businesses that does not need to be repaid. Below, you will find all of the documents needed to successfully apply for this grant.


The application and supporting documentation for this grant is to be e-mailed to by 5:00 pm on Friday, October 2, 2020.

Submission Details

Application and documents due: Friday, October 2, 2020 by 5:00p.m.

Submit application and documents via e-mail to:

List of documents to be submitted with the application:
  • Documentation that proves your business has been operational since January of 2019.I.e, Articles of Incorporation which can found here-

  •  Documentation to prove that you have less than $1 million in gross revenue on an annual basis. This can be evidenced by records such as the business’ 2018 and 2019 federal income tax return or financial statements.

  •  Documentation that your business has experienced a decrease in gross revenue due to COVID‐19 when comparing March 1 – May 31, 2019 revenue to revenue for March 1 ‐ May 31, 2020. I.e a profit and loss statement

  • Must be able to attest that you have 30 or fewer employees or 1099 workers as of March 1, 2020. An employment roster or copy of a payroll run will be accepted.

  • Proof that your business is located in Defiance County, Ohio. I.e. copy of a utility bill.

  • Certificate of good standing. This can be found here:

  • Applicants seeking rent/lease, or mortgage assistance must also upload verification (i.e copies of invoices or previous transactions)

  • Receipts or other  supporting documents of the expenses for items being  reimbursed with this grant funding.

Important Grant Documents
Grant Program Guidelines 

The small business relief guidelines provide all of the important details about this relief program. Here you will find information regarding eligible businesses, eligible expenses, contact information and more. 

Grant Program Application

This is the small business relief program grant application that should be filled out and e-mailed to by 5:00pm on Friday, October 2, 2020. The application was created so that you can type and save the information in the document or print and scan the completed document. Please read all of the details carefully and be sure to provide any necessary documentation at the time of submission. A complete list of documentation that needs to be submitted can be found above and in the Q and A document. 

Grant Program Business Checklist

Below, you will find a business checklist that was created to make this grant program as user friendly as possible! Follow this check list to make sure that you are on the right track to receiving these funds!

Grant Program Frequently Asked Questions/ Answers

Grant applications can be intimidating but we don’t want them to be. We created this "Question and Answer Document" to provide answers to the most frequently asked questions. Reference this document to help you complete this grant application process! 

Press Release

If you have questions, comments, or concerns about this relief program you can call MVPO at (419)-784-3882 or e-mail

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