COVID-19 Business Assistance

The Tybee Island Development Authority/Main Street Program is committed to helping our business community recover from impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please read below to learn more about financial and regulatory assistance available to your business or contact us for more information.

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Business Recovery Grant

The Business Recovery Grant is an extension of the Main Street Facade Grant. We have temporarily expanded this grant to award up to $500 to physical, commercial business locations, to assist with repairs made to accommodate social distancing requirements. Eligible repairs include take-out windows, directional signage, contactless payment equipment, and sneeze guards. The grant can also be applied to rent, mortgage and utility bills incurred during March, April or May.

Sand Dollars Gift Certificates

Our new Sand Dollars program is an incentive program available to local businesses. Participating businesses will receive a supply of $5 gift certificates that they can offer to customers who spend at least $25. The customers can spend the $5 on a future sale at the business and Main Street will cover the cost of the discount on behalf of the participating business. The gift cards are a collaboration between Tybee Island Main Street and local realtor Lee Ann Marsh of Century 21 Solomon Properties.

Marketing Assistance

The Main Street program will assist businesses with promoting events with free advertising and digital content in our redesigned, updated weekly newsletter. We will also boost social media content for special events and activities involving local businesses.

Temporary Outdoor Seating Permit

Restaurants on Tybee Island may temporarily add outdoor seating on their property or the property of the City of Tybee on a case by case basis to help expand capacity and adhere to social distancing guidelines. Existing off-street parking requirements may be waived during this 30-day emergency time period. A site plan (can be hand-drawn) and permission from the city is required. to start the permit process, contact George Shaw, (912) 472-5031.

Fee Deferrals and Waivers

The City of Tybee is extending deadlines and waiving late fees for utility bills, parking pass renewals and business license renewals until City Hall reopens.

Please contact us for more information.