Job Retention Grant (JRG)

Program Update - as of September 15, 2020:

  • Applications for the Job Retention Grant (JRG) program are now closed, but we're publishing some older information about the program for reference purposes.
  • We received a total of 665 applications by our mandated deadline of September 1.
  • We're reviewing all applicants now; no payments have been made yet and individual grant amounts have yet to be determined.
  • You can expect your final grant amount will reflect a pro-rated amount - our analysis of the applicant pool shows we have potential awards greater than available funds.
  • The JRG program was initally funded for $15 million.  On September 4, an additional $45.5 million was approriated to the program, bringing the total of available funds to $60.5 million.  However, this amount still falls short of meeting the needs of our current pool of applicants;
  • Therefore, additional applications can not be accepted at the present time.
  • If you have already submitted a JRG application, please keep an eye out for any communications from our JRG team and please respond immediately if we ask you any questions about your application; All applications must be finalized before payments can be issued.

If your business or non-profit organization experienced interruption due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the new Job Retention Grant (JRG) Program may be able to offer assistance.

To qualify to receive these grant funds, your organization:

We're publishing answers to the most frequent questions about the program here, and you can also review the underlying law that authorizes the program.

The application deadline for this program was Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 11:59pm.  No applications can be accepted after this time.   No grants will be awarded before the September 1 deadline, and the potential amount of each grant will not be determined until all applications have been reviewed and awarded.

Our JRG team is available to assist you.  Email your questions or comments to: jrg@nccommerce.com.

JRG Program Details

Calculating the Potential Grant Amount

Calculating the Potential Grant Amount

The maximum Job Retention Grant amount may be up to two months of the eligible entity’s average monthly payroll costs from 2019, plus an additional 25% of that amount.

The grant amount may not exceed $250,000.

The total of all funds granted under the Job Retention Grant Program may not exceed $60,500,000.

If the total amount of grants requested by qualified applicants exceeds the maximum amount of funds available, each grant amount will then be reduced on a proportionate basis prior to the grant being awarded.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility Requirements

An employer, including both private businesses and certain types of nonprofits, may be eligible for a grant under this program if it meets all of the following conditions:

  1. It employs at least ninety percent (90%) of the number of full-time employees during the COVID-19 period (March 1, 2020 – May 31, 2020) in North Carolina as it employed in North Carolina for the pay period ending on or about February 28, 2020.
  2. It demonstrates that it experienced an economic loss in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic as follows:
  • For a business, its sales for the COVID-19 period (March 1, 2020 – May 31, 2020) are at least ten percent (10%) below its sales for the same period in the preceding calendar year.
  • For a nonprofit, its gross receipts for the COVID-19 period (March 1, 2020 – May 31, 2020) are at least ten percent (10%) below its gross receipts for the same period in the preceding calendar year. 
  1. It did not participate in the federal Paycheck Protection Program, the federal Main Street Lending Program, or the North Carolina Rapid Recovery Loan Program.

Eligible Applicant Type

These classes of businesses or non-profit organizations can apply for a Job Retention Grant.

  • A publicly held business
  • A privately held business that has at least one W-2 employee and is subject to state income tax
  • Nonprofit organizations, of which no part of the net earnings inures to the benefit of any private stockholder or individual.  These non-profit types include:
    1. Generally, 501(c)(3) nonprofits - Cemetery corporations and corporations organized for religious, charitable, scientific, literary, or educational purposes, or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals.
    2. Generally, 501 (c)(7) nonprofits - Clubs organized and operated exclusively for pleasure, recreation, and other nonprofitable purposes. 
    3. Business leagues, chambers of commerce, merchants’ associations, or boards of trade not organized for profit.  (generally, 501(c)(6) nonprofits)
      IMPORTANT NOTE:  We accepted applications for this type of nonprofit on a provisional basis, as earlier we were not certain this class of nonprofit would be allowed to participate.  However, the N.C. General Assembly later amended the law to confirm 501 (c) (6) nonprofits can participate in the JRG program.
Before You Apply

Before You Apply

You needed to gather these documents before you attempted to complete the online application form:

  • Your NCUI 101 Report for 2020 Q1 (January - March) - (the NCUI 101 is your Employer's Quarterly Tax and Wage Report)
  • NCUI 101 Report for 2020 Q2 (April - June)
  • 2019 federal W-3 document
  • 2019 Payroll documentation for your North Carolina employees

You'll also needed the following information with you, before starting your application:

  • Contact information for the person applying for the grant, as well as a second person (optional)
  • Employer Identification Number (EIN)
  • N.C. Secretary of State ID Number (SOS ID - look up your ID here if needed)
  • Number of direct full-time employees (at least 35 hours per week) IN NORTH CAROLINA on the last day of the payroll period that ended immediately prior to March 1, 2020
  • Number of direct full-time employees (at least 35 hours per week) IN NORTH CAROLINA on the last day of the payroll period that ended immediately prior to July 1, 2020.
  • Total gross receipts of the Applicant (for all locations where the Applicant operates, not just in North Carolina) for the period between March 1, 2019 and May 31, 2019
  • Total gross receipts of the Applicant (Applicant-wide, not just in North Carolina) for the period between March 1, 2020 and May 31, 2020
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

We've gathered answers to the most common questions we're hearing about the Job Retention Grant (JRG) program.

Webinar Reference Materials

Webinar Reference Materials

Two educational webinars on the Job Retention Grant (JRG) Program were held in August.  Our team offered a good overview of the program and pointed out important details for applicants to keep in mind when applying for a grant.

You can download the presentation slides from these JRG webinars here.

Archive Recording | View the webinar video(when prompted, enter this password: mNRewt5y )

Statutes | Job Retention Grant

Statutes | Job Retention Grant

On July 1, 2020, Governor Roy Cooper signed into law House Bill 1023 to create the grant program.

The JRG program utilizes the Coronavirus Relief Fund to provide economic relief to North Carolina businesses and nonprofits negatively impacted by the public health emergency.