COVID-19 Resources


Small Business Relief Fund

Applications are no longer being accepted for this fund.

The City of Bardstown and Nelson Co. Fiscal Court wish to pledge additional support to small businesses forced to close or reduce services in response to COVID-19 related executive orders issued by the Governor of Kentucky. The City and County together are offering one-time business relief grants of up to $2,000 for eligible businesses. Businesses most significantly impacted by the Governor's orders are encouraged to apply. 


To be eligible to apply for this grant, a business must: 

  1. Exist within Nelson County in a brick-and-mortar location
  2. Own the property/building or have a properly executed lease with the property owner
  3. Be current on City of Bardstown and Nelson County property tax payments, occupational license fees, net profit submissions, and maintain a current business license
  4. Be a small business as defined as:

    a.) Total business revenue of no more than $1,000,000 and less than 50 employees

    b.) Open and operating before January 1, 2020

  5. Not be a franchise or franchise-affiliated
  6. Be categorized as a non-essential business type that was required to cease or reduce operations as a result of the Executive Orders issued by the Governor
  7. Not be in violation of any City or County Codes or Ordinances at time of applying



  • This relief program grant will be awarded to qualified businesses only
  • The maximum amount of funding assistance will be $2,000
  • Assistance will be provided to businesses after review of their application
  • Applications will be taken June 22, 2020 through July, 6, 2020
  • Funds will be awarded beginning July 20, 2020


An application for funds must be completed and submitted to the City of Bardstown by the close of business (4:30 PM), July 6, 2020. Businesses most significantly impacted by the executive orders of the Governor are encouraged to apply.

Applications should be mailed to the City of Bardstown, 220 N. Fifth Street, Bardstown, KY, 40004, Attention: RELIEF; or you may use the drive-through or drop box at the rear of City Hall.


Eligible Businesses:

  1. Retail (general, specialty)
  2. Barber/Beauty Salons
  3. Service Business (appliance repair, locksmith)
  4. Restaurants
  5. Childcare/Daycare Centers
  6. Small businesses closed by Governor’s Executive Order


Non-Eligible Businesses:

  1. Home Occupations
  2. Real Estate Companies/Agents
  3. Attorneys
  4. Finance/Accounting Firms
  5. Food Trucks
  6. Not-for-profit organizations
  7. Landlords/rental property owners
  8. Hotels, motels, Airbnbs

Any questions should be addressed to or by calling 502-331-7013.

The applicant will be notified if funding will be provided, the amount of funding if approved, and will be required to provide an IRS W-9 Form to the City of Bardstown.


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