Tucker CARES Act Information

Tucker COVID-19 Relief



The City of Tucker received more than $4.1 million in Federal CARES Act money via DeKalb County. These funds are designed to help residents and business owners who need assistance due to the pandemic. To achieve this, the City of Tucker has allocated funds for small business grants, food distribution, rent and utility relief, and distance learning. Partnering with local nonprofit NETWorks Cooperative Ministries, local churches, and LISC, the City of Tucker is determined to help our community through this crisis.

 


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Resident Food and Financial Assistance FAQ

Am I Eligible to Apply?

NOTE: Applications for Resident Assistance closed on Sunday, November 15, 2020

City of Tucker residents needing assistance with past due rent, overdue mortgage payments, and overdue utility payments may be eligible for this assistance based on several factors: 

  • Must reside inside the city limits of Tucker, Georgia
  • Must expect an income in 2020 of less than $99,000 (individual) or $198,000 (couple filing taxes jointly with the IRS)
    • Or was not required to report any income to the IRS in 2019
    • Or received an Economic Impact Payment (stimulus check) pursuant to Section 2201 of the CARES Act
  • Must complete a Declaration for Financial Assistance Request Due to COVID-19
  • Eligible expenses can date from March 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020
How can I use the funds?

Residents may apply for the following expenses with the required documentation:

  • Rent for non-owned home that is their primary residence
  • Mortgage for a home owned by the resident that is the owner’s primary residence
    • No rental properties can receive funding for the owner. (Renter may apply)
  • Utility bills (gas, water, power) for the primary residence of the renter/owner
  • Residents must present proof of arrearage for requested amount of assistance
  • Residents must attest that arrearage is due to effects of COVID-19
  • Residents may not have received funding for the same expense from other CARES Act funds
  • Assistance can be provided for a household up to $3,000/month of expenses and up to 3 months’ worth of expenses if appropriate documentation is provided
  • At NETWorks’ discretion, funds may be used to provide motel stays for individuals or families who have become homeless due to COVID-19. Motel stays may extend through the end date of this program
  • NETWorks will purchase food and delivery of food in bulk or per household to provide items to people facing food insecurity because of COVID-19 or who are vulnerable to the virus
How do I apply?
What happens after I apply for assistance?

NETWorks Cooperative Ministry will screen applicants for financial assistance and request and review supporting documents for the level of assistance being requested. Applicants will submit the documents listed below: 

  • ID for applicant will be required
  • Each person listed on the lease/rental agreement/mortgage must complete the Financial Assistance Request Due to COVID-19
  • Copy of lease, rental agreement, mortgage, or utility bills/statements showing total amount due, current charges and past-due amount
    • Where required by company owed, access to online accounts may be required
    • Lease must be current or include a month-to-month conversion provision for leases that have exceeded the end of lease date
    • Applicant must be included on any utility account in order to confirm amounts and apply payment accurately
  • NETWorks Cooperative Ministry staff will review applications, confirm documentation, follow up with companies owed, and collect required affidavits and other documentation to show COVID-19 connection
How can I get more information about the Food Distribution program?

For food distribution programs, NETWorks will coordinate with local churches, multi-family residential including senior independent living, community groups and others to coordinate mobile pantries for bulk food distribution.

  • NETWorks will collect from recipients the required documentation proving need related to the pandemic
  • Exhibit B form will serve as required documentation for food assistance
For additional information, please call (470) 500-5341.

Small Business Grant FAQ

What are the size of the awards?

Applicants can choose from three grant sizes: $5,000, $10,000, and $15,000. Grantees must use these funds to pay for necessary expenditures incurred as a result of the impacts of COVID-19 and incurred between March 1, 2020 and December 20, 2020.

What can the grant be used for?

Grantees must use these funds to pay for necessary expenditures incurred as a result of the impacts of COVID-19 and incurred between March 1, 2020 and December 20, 2020, including:

  1. Expenditures to reimburse the costs of business interruption caused by required closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. Fund payments may be used for economic support if such expenditures are determined to be necessary. This may include, for example, grants to benefit small businesses that close voluntarily to promote social distancing measures or that are affected by decreased customer demand as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
  3. These funds cannot be used to pay for payroll costs paid using funds from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or for costs covered by any other Federal CARES Act programs.

The list below provides examples of ineligible activities or costs covered:

  • Expenses for the State share of Medicaid.
  • Damages covered by insurance.
  • Reimbursement to donors for donated items or services.
  • Workforce bonuses other than hazard pay or overtime.
  • Severance pay.
  • Legal settlements.
  • Property Taxes.
  • Personal Activities/Goods/Services unrelated to COVID-19.
Can I still receive this grant if I have received an SBA PPP loan, SBA EIDL loans, or any other grants, including grants from LISC or any other partners?

Yes. However, these funds cannot be used to pay for payroll costs paid using funds from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or for costs covered by any other Federal CARES Act programs.

Who is eligible to apply?

All organizations must meet the criteria listed below.

  1. Organizations must have experienced financial hardship as a result of COVID-19. These impacts must be documented, quantifiable, and clearly related to COVID-19.
  2. Non-profit organizations and private for-profit businesses, including sole proprietorships and independent contractors, are eligible.
  3. Organizations must operate in the City of Tucker.
  4. Organizations with 200 employees or less are eligible.
  5. Organizations have been in operation since January 7, 2020.
What types of non-profits are eligible?

501(C)(3) and 501(C)(6) Chambers of Commerce registered entities that provide social services to low-to-moderate income communities.

What types of non-profits are not eligible?

Any organization with a 501(c) designation other than 501(c)(3) or a 501(c)(6).

Are fiscally sponsored nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations eligible?

Yes, fiscally sponsored non-profit 501(c)(3)s are eligible.

If I have multiple businesses, can I apply for each business?

We will only consider one application from owners of multiple businesses in order to ensure that grant funds reach as many business owners and nonprofits as possible.

What if I have questions about how to fill out my application?

Please e-mail us at grants@tuckercares.com or call us at 404-689-4034 if you have any questions about the filling out your application for the City of Tucker CARES Act Small Business Grant Program.

How do I find out the status of my application?

Finalists will be notified 10 days after a round closes.

Can I change my application after it's been submitted?

No, you cannot change your application once it has been submitted. We recommend that you save your answers in a separate backup document before completing and submitting the online form, as your work may not be saved if you leave the web page before submitting the application. You may also lose your work if your internet is disconnected, or as a result of other potential web browser issues. We cannot accept changes to your application once it has been submitted, so please review it carefully.

Do grant applicants receive a confirmation that they submitted their application?

You will see a confirmation screen after hitting “done” if all fields are filled out correctly. You will receive an email with your responses.

How will I be contacted or know if I will receive a grant?

LISC will email applicants with funding decisions. Be sure to check email regularly, including spam folders.

Finalists will be notified by email and must respond promptly. The return of any grantee notification message or document as undeliverable may result in disqualification of the applicable grantee, the forfeiture of his or her interest in the grant and the selection of a substitute from among all remaining eligible finalists.

Will there be additional documentation required?

You will be notified via email if your organization is selected as a finalist. Being selected as a finalist does not guarantee a grant will be awarded. As a finalist, additional documentation will be required.

We will request the following documents from finalists:

  • W-9*
  • ACH form*
  • Voided check*
  • Direct deposit form*
  • Copy of 2020 City of Tucker Occupational Tax Certificate
  • Proof of active standing from the Georgia Secretary of State website
  • 501C3 or 501C6 tax status verification letter from non-profit organizations only
  • DUNS number from non-profit organizations only

*LISC will send finalists these documents and request that finalists complete and return them.

All taxes associated with the acceptance and/or uses of cash awarded are the sole responsibility of the individual grantee. Cash awarded will be reported by LISC to the IRS as LISC deems necessary according to applicable law. It is further the policy of LISC that all LISC grantees be advised to consult with their own tax professionals and/or legal counsel to ascertain the tax impact of the cash awards. LISC will issue a Form 1099 for any grant of $600 or more. The Grantee shall fully comply with all applicable federal, state, local (and any other governmental) laws, executive orders, rules, and regulations in connection with its use of grant funds.

Does anything need to be repaid?

No, these grants do not need to be repaid. However, all taxes associated with the acceptance and/or uses of cash awarded are the sole responsibility of the individual grantee. Cash awarded will be reported by LISC to the IRS as LISC deems necessary according to applicable law. It is further the policy of LISC that all LISC grantees be advised to consult with their own tax professionals and/or legal counsel to ascertain the tax impact of the cash awards. LISC will issue a Form 1099 for any grant of $600 or more.

Will receiving a grant impact unemployment insurance eligibility? What if I apply for benefits after I receive a grant?

A grant may affect your unemployment insurance claim if the grant is used to pay payroll expenses during the period you receive unemployment benefits. The amount of unemployment assistance is usually determined by recent earnings, and most likely, you will have to certify on a weekly basis to any income received the previous week as wages.  Please consult your state’s unemployment office for more information about unemployment insurance claims.

Will receiving a grant impact other federal assistance or unemployment insurance eligibility?

A grant may affect your unemployment insurance claim if the grant is used to pay payroll expenses during the period you receive unemployment benefits. The amount of unemployment assistance is usually determined by recent earnings, and most likely, you will have to certify on a weekly basis to any income received the previous week as wages.  Please consult your state’s unemployment office for more information about unemployment insurance claims.

The awarding of a grant by LISC will not affect the ability of a business to apply for and receive an SBA PPP loan or other federal assistance available under the CARES Act. However, grantees are advised that the same business expenses cannot be funded by a LISC grant and federal funds. Recipients of PPP loans or other funding under the CARES Act must be prepared to demonstrate, upon request by the SBA or other government agency or as a component of an application for forgiveness of a PPP loan, that no other funding source was used to pay for the same costs as those paid for by the PPP loan or CARES Act funding. 

I am undocumented, am I able to apply for the grant? 

Yes. If selected as a finalist, you will be required to complete a W-9 Form. The W-9 form requests a Social Security Number or an ITIN or business Tax ID number.

Distance Learning FAQ

How can I find out more about the Distance Learning program?

The City of Tucker partnered with two area churches who had the foresight to offer virtual learning academies during the 2020-’21 school year. If you are interested in finding out more information, please reach out directly to:

Rehoboth Baptist Church
2997 Lawrenceville Highway
Tucker, GA 30084
Preschool and Virtual Learning Academy
Director Mollita Clark
mollitaclark@rehoboth.org
(770) 939-3182

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
4882 Lavista Road
Tucker, GA 30084

Preschool and Virtual Learning Academy
Preschool Director Lonnette Bruce
sasdirector@sapctucker.org
(770) 934-1461

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