Oklahoma County Small Business + Nonprofit Grants

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any businesses that are not eligible to receive assistance?

The following business entities are not eligible:

  • Businesses that are not physically based within the Oklahoma County.
  • Businesses located within the City of Oklahoma City limits.
  • Businesses that are in active default (not on a payment plan) with taxes or fees owed to the Oklahoma County.
  • Churches and other religious institutions.
  • Financial businesses primarily engaged in the business of lending, such as banks, finance companies, and factors.
  • Real estate development or rental property businesses.
  • Life insurance companies.
  • Private clubs and businesses which limit the number of memberships for reasons other than capacity.
  • Government-owned entities or elected official offices.
  • Businesses primarily engaged in political or lobbying activities.
  • Businesses engaged in any illegal activity.
  • Adult novelty stores and adult entertainment establishments.
  • Any business that sells, grows, manufactures or distributes medical marijuana products.
How will the funding amount be determined?

Funding for the program is based on actual expenses or demonstrated revenue loss.

What if I own more than one business? Can I apply for both of them?

No. You may combine businesses in order to maximize funding. Ownership will be reviewed, and only one application per owner / owner group will be accepted.

My business has joint ownership. Who should apply?

The application requires information for all owners. Only one application should be filled out for the business, and each owner's information should be included.

If I file taxes as an independent contractor or sole proprietor (schedule C and 1099s to the IRS), am I still eligible as a business?

Yes. The program is open to sole proprietors and independent contractors.

Do I need to be an Oklahoma County resident?

No, but your business must be physically located within the limits of Oklahoma County and NOT within the City of Oklahoma City.

If my business has subcontractors (that file 1099, rather than a W2), should they be counted in the number of employees?

No. Independent contractors should apply for the program separately.

Does it matter if I have exempt or nonexempt employees or both? Full-time, part-time or both?

The employee count is based on full-time equivalents and does not consider exempt or non-exempt status.

Does the owner’s pay count towards payroll costs to be reimbursed?

Yes, if financial documentation clearly delineates and supports the owner’s salary as listed in the application.