I Choose Chandler Business Hiring & Retention Program

The City of Chandler recognizes that the ability to maintain private sector employment levels preserves the economic strength of the community and its citizens. Therefore, the City Council has allocated $9.5 million in Arizona Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (AZCARES) funds for a program that will provide businesses in industries most impacted by the effects of COVID-19 with the opportunity to obtain reimbursement for expenses associated with employee retention and hiring.

Qualifying businesses will receive $1,300 per full-time equivalent employee retained and hired since Dec. 31, 2019, up to a $10,000 maximum. These funds are intended to provide a direct benefit to the citizens of Chandler by supporting Chandler businesses that are keeping employees on payroll as they adjust to revenue losses and business disruptions caused by COVID-19. Approximately $9.5 million is available through the program on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Who Can Qualify?

The initial application period, which ran from Aug. 17, 2020, to Sep. 7, 2020, was limited to businesses in the following industries that have been most affected by COVID-19, based on unemployment insurance claims reported by the State of Arizona and anticipated job losses following the Governor's Executive Order requiring gyms and fitness clubs to pause operations. These industries are still eligible to apply during the current application period, scheduled to run until Oct. 5, 2020.  

In addition, businesses in the following industries are now eligible to apply. Read the descriptions linked below to determine if your business falls within one of these industries.

  • Other Services (NAICS Sector 81) - Includes automotive repair, car washes, computer and appliance repair, barber shops, nail salons, laundries and drycleaners
  • Construction (NAICS Sector 23) - Includes businesses engaged in building construction, utility system construction, street and highway construction, and construction contractors
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (NAICS Sector 54) - Includes law offices, accounting and tax preparation, architectural firms, engineering firms, graphic design, marketing and advertising agencies, veterinary services, scientific research and development
  • Wholesale Trade (NAICS Sector 42) - Includes businesses engaged in wholesaling merchandise to other businesses. Wholesalers normally operate from a warehouse or office that is not intended to solicit walk-in traffic from the general public
  • Educational Services (NAICS Sector 61) - Includes sports and recreation instruction (e.g. martial arts, swimming, gymnastics, cheerleading), flight training, exam preparation and tutoring, language schools, cosmetology and barber schools

Criteria

  • Private, for-profit business located in the City of Chandler;
  • Business must agree to submit a copy of its December 2019 IRS Form 941 (Employer's Quarterly Federal Tax Return) and the latest quarter's Form 941 showing employee hiring and retention verification. If you have hired employees since your latest Form 941 filing, please attach alternative payroll documentation showing your current employee count along with your latest Form 941. If the IRS does not require your business to file Form 941, alternative payroll documentation must be submitted to verify employee hiring and retention. This documentation should show number of employees for the final pay period in December 2019, and number of employees for the pay period immediately prior to your Business Hiring and Retention Program application.
  • 100 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees or fewer, including all commonly owned/managed businesses. To determine number of FTE employees, businesses should assign a 1.0 for employees who work 40 or more hours per week and 0.5 for employees who work fewer hours.
  • Not affiliated with another business under common ownership/management that has applied for the job retention/hiring grant;
  • Is not a home-based business; business must own or lease non-residential property;
  • If the business leases a property, the business must commit to remain in Chandler through Dec. 31, 2020;
  • A start date prior to March 11, 2020 (Date of the Governor’s Emergency Declaration); and
  • Registered business with the City of Chandler.

 

This program is being administered by the Arizona Community Foundation. The application form is now available and all applications must be submitted online through the Arizona Community Foundation. The deadline to apply is 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020.

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