CONYERS, GA—The City of Conyers will begin accepting applications on Jan. 3 from city businesses and residents for its American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grants. Funding will be given to 50 businesses and 250 residents who apply and meet certain criteria.
The city, which received $6 million in ARPA funds, has allocated $250,000 in assistance to be awarded to local businesses and another $250,000 to be awarded to residents. Individuals who qualify will receive $1,000 each and businesses that qualify will receive $5,000, until the funds are exhausted. The city received the first half of the $6 million in May 2021 and is expected to receive the second half in May 2022.
The following general qualifications must be met for resident applicants to receive assistance:
- Assistance will be limited to one recipient per household, which is defined by address.
- The applicant must be a current city resident for at least the previous six months, as of Nov. 1, 2021. (The council approved two options for proof of residence. One option is to provide a current signed lease agreement or current mortgage statement or property tax receipt, plus one of the following — automobile registration with the same address or current gas, electricity or water bill with the same address. The second option is to provide six months of hotel/motel payment receipts from a hotel or motel in the city.)
- The applicant’s household income is $50,000 or less when considering household income and the number of dependents. Applicants must provide 1040 tax return for 2019, 2020 and/or 2021 as proof of income.
- The applicant must provide a copy of a valid photo ID.
Applicants are not eligible if:
- They are a government employee, the mayor or a Conyers City Council member or any other elected official in Rockdale County.
- They are an immediate family member who resides in the same household as a city of Conyers or Rockdale County employee.
- If the applicant has received ARPA funds from Rockdale County.
In addition to the general criteria, resident applicants must comply with one of the following two options:
- Option One: Show that they have received unemployment benefits at any time from March 1, 2020 to Nov. 1, 2021, proven by unemployment benefit documentation, or
- Option Two: Show that they have been delinquent on utility or housing payments on at least two occasions between March 1, 2020 to Nov. 1, 2021, proven by copies of late notices.
Successful business applicants must meet the following criteria to apply:
- Must be a current city business owner for at least the two previous years, as of Nov. 1, 2021, as documented by business licenses;
- Must be a small business with a maximum of 10 full-time employees.
Those not eligible include government employees; the mayor or members of the Conyers City Council; or if the business has previously received any other COVID-19 related funds, such as PPP, EDIL, or ARPA funds from any other entity, including Rockdale County.
Business applicants must also provide a valid photo ID and a completed W-9.
Applications for citizens and small businesses will be available on the city’s website starting Jan. 3, 2022. If a citizen does not have access to a computer, forms will be available at City Hall at 901 O’Kelly Street in the Customer Service department on Jan. 3.