COVID-19 Resources for Businesses

Back to Work Small Business Hiring and Retention Program

As part of Governor Doug Ducey's Arizona Back to Work Plan, the State of Arizona launched the Back to Work Small Business Hiring and Retention Program to help small, locally owned or operated businesses hire and retain employees. The grant program funds up to $10,000 in expenditures for employee hiring and retention efforts. There is a cap of $1,000 per employee and 25 percent of the awarded amount may be utilized for other business expenses. Special consideration will be made to businesses that are located in wildfire and flood impacted areas.

Eligibility requirements include:

  • 5-25 Arizona employees
  • Owned and operated in the state of Arizona, including franchises with corporate headquarters in other states, but with locally owned franchised establishments
  • Incorporated before January 1, 2020
  • Must be renting or leasing a physical location; may not be working from home or remotely as an independent contractor

The funds must be used for the following:

  • At least 75% must be used for:
    • Employee hiring/signing incentives
    • Relocation incentives paid to employees who are moving to take an open position with the qualifying business
    • Employee retention incentives
  • Up to 25% may be used for other business expenditures including mortgage, rent, utility costs, and other operating expenditures
  • Up to $1,000 in total incentives per retained or newly hired employee
  • Employees that receive an incentive that is funded by this program may not include the business-owner
  • Business owners must submit a plan for how they will use the money

The grants will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis and will undergo a peer review process. Funding must be distributed to new or existing employees within three months of the award. For more information about the grant program and how to apply, click here.

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