(a)(1) Beginning October 1, 2020, during the public health emergency, and subject to the availability of funds, the Mayor may, notwithstanding part B of subchapter XII-A of Chapter 3 of Title 1, issue a grant to an eligible small business; provided, that the eligible small business:
(A) Submits a grant application in the form and with the information required by the Mayor;
(B) Submits a clear statement describing the type and quantities of PPE purchased or to be purchased; and
(C) Demonstrates, to the satisfaction of the Mayor, financial distress caused by a reduction in business revenue due to the circumstances giving rise to or resulting from the public health emergency.
(2) A grant issued pursuant to this section may be provided in an amount up to $1,000 per eligible small business for the purchase of or reimbursement for purchases of PPE made on or after August 13, 2020.
(b) The Mayor may issue one or more grants to a third-party grant-managing entity for the purpose of administering the grant program and making subgrants on behalf of the Mayor in accordance with the requirements of this section.
(c) The Mayor, pursuant to § 2-505), may issue rules to implement the provisions of this section.
(d) For the purposes of this section, the term:
(1) "Eligible small business" means a business enterprise eligible for certification as a small business enterprise under § 2-218.32 or a nonprofit entity.
(2) "Public health emergency" means the Coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency declared pursuant to Mayor's Order 2020-045, on March 11, 2020, and all subsequent extensions.
(3) "PPE" means personal protective equipment, including face masks, disposable gloves, face shields, and plexiglass barriers.