The Blackfeet Tribal Business Council has established an Emergency Small Business Assistance Covid-19 Relief Program to provide necessary financial relief to enrolled Blackfeet tribal members whose small business operations have been directly or indirectly impacted by the Covid-19 crisis and pandemic. Eligible Blackfeet tribal members will receive a single small business payment based on the need the member can prove – in no case may the grant amount exceed the actual losses sustained or costs incurred. A maximum amount will be established after the closing date of the application. Eligible Blackfeet tribal members are required to complete, certify, and submit the Emergency Small Business Assistance Covid-19 Relief Program Application and provide the requested materials.
Emergency Small Business Assistance Covid-19 Relief Program Information
On March 15th, 2020, the Blackfeet Tribal Business Council (“BTBC” or “Tribe”) declared a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak of 2020. The Tribe recognizes that many of its tribal members who own small businesses have been impacted by this pandemic and have suffered hardship as a result. Thus, the Blackfeet Tribe has created this program to provide essential assistance to small business owners in a manner that is administratively feasible given the current lack of internal governmental programs and employees.
The Blackfeet Tribal Business Council passed Tribal Resolution # 361-2020; to which, appropriated $1.2 Million in CARES Act funds for economic relief to local businesses that have been impacted by the Covid-19 Pandemic. The Emergency Small Business Assistance COVID-19 Relief Program (“Program”) will provide critical and necessary relief to eligible tribal members whose small businesses have suffered directly or indirectly from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Program is intended to give support to small business owners who suffered/are suffering COVID-19 hardships including, but not limited to a loss of revenue, decline in sales due to decreased demand, temporary business closure, and the need to make necessary safety upgrades to the small business.
The Tribe has established strict parameters on eligibility to ensure the Program complies with all applicable legal and federal requirements. Eligible applicants must be an enrolled Blackfeet tribal member and have attained eighteen (18) years of age. In addition, eligible applicants must derive a substantial portion of their household income from the small business. For the purposes of the Program, a small business must (1) be registered and in good standing with the Blackfeet Tribal Revenue Department with a Blackfeet Tribal Business License (or special circumstances), and (2) have 50 or fewer employees (part-time or full-time. Eligible applicants may reside outside of the Blackfeet Reservation, but the all business operations must be on the reservation.
Certification of Application
Each applicant must certify that the information submitted on the application is accurate. An applicant that provides false information will face penalties including the complete denial of the submitted application, potential exclusion from other Blackfeet Tribal programs, and/or reimbursing the Blackfeet Tribe for receiving federal funds through deception. The Tribal Economic Committee shall provide the Tribal Council with any information regarding alleged falsification of application statements. The Tribal Council will review and issue a decision on the penalty. All decisions shall be final.
All applicants are required to submit the following:
(1) The Blackfeet Emergency Small Business Assistance COVID-19 Relief Program Application. The applicant must provide and certify how the small business has suffered directly or indirectly from the COVID-19 pandemic.
(2) Supporting documents to verify loss sustained or cost incurred. The applicant must provide documents to support their showing of harm. Such documents may include, but not limited to, the IRS payroll or other tax forms (Business Tax Return), budgetary accounts, receipts, profit loss statements, and 2019 compared to 2020 revenue documents.
(3) Documentation showing your small business is registered and in good standing with Blackfeet Revenue Department and has a Blackfeet Tribal Business License or documentation of special circumstances.
(4) A photocopy of the applicant’s government issued photo ID (Blackfeet Tribe enrollment card and a driver’s license)
Review of Application and Disbursement of Grant Payments
The Blackfeet Tribal Economic Committee will manage the collection of all applications. The Tribal Economic Committee shall conduct a review of each application to ensure it is complete and then submit it to the Tribal Council for approval or denial. If the application is approved, the Tribal Economic Committee will oversee the funding of the application. All grant payments disbursed under the Emergency Small Business Assistance COVID-19 Relief Program must be used to alleviate the impacts suffered directly or indirectly by the COVID-19 pandemic and may not be duplicative of federal or state awards that have already been received. The applicant is required to keep records of how funding was spent for a minimum of three years. If an application is denied, there will be an opportunity to submit an appeal to the full Tribal Council.
Application Deadline and Submission
All applications must be received by December 11th, 2020. It is the responsibility of the applicant to meet this deadline and verify receipt of their submission.
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