Online application process now open for tornado-damaged small businesses

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) – The City of Bowling Green wants to help small businesses damaged by tornadoes recover and rebuild.

The online application process has been opened for small businesses to apply for the tornado relief program.

On March 15, the Bowling Green Board of Commissioners authorized this program to provide up to 100% rebate on the city’s portion of the property tax for commercial properties and/or the city’s net income in order to to help provide relief to small businesses that were negatively affected by the December tornadoes.

The first step that any business owner should take is to confirm their eligibility. Go to: and click on the tornado relief map button to see if your business was in the path of tornadoes on December 11, 2021.

To qualify, you must have a current City of Bowling Green business registration and not be in arrears with any taxes or fees (business or property taxes) due to the City of Bowling Green when you apply.

You must be a registered landlord/rental business with the City by December 11, 2021. The property must be commercial.

You have until December 31, 2023 to apply for this relief. You can only apply once before the deadline. No late application will be considered. Applications will only be accepted online.

You must be able to demonstrate that the business has been negatively impacted by tornadoes. Only companies with less than 50 full-time employees are eligible.

Applications cannot be resubmitted if rejected, please check eligibility carefully.

This relief, if granted, is for five years.