Manage, market, and fulfill CARES Act programs and other incentives easily, so your businesses can recover and move FORWARD.

Efficient CARES Act Application Processing

Efficient Application

Create online applications and eligibility checks for all your businesses.

Quick CARES Act Fund Distribution

Quick Disbursement

Ensure your funds go where they are needed by the fall deadline.

Stay Compliant with CARES Act Guidelines

Stay Compliant

Get real-time reports with detail information on processed applications.

Distribute 98% of CARES Act Funds

96% Effectiveness

Maximize the impact on businesses and the community.

There is a lot of information out there and it can be overwhelming for business owners. FORWARD will generate available funding sources based on the individual business profile, so each business owner sees only those resources that apply to them.
— Stephanie Acri, Mayor, City of Moline, Illinois

Your businesses need help—fast. FORWARD connects businesses to funds they can use—and to your agency—while maintaining compliance with CARES Act requirements.

Here is how it works:

Step 1: Partner with us

Help us understand your goals. We’ll share best practices from other jurisdictions and domain experts. Together, we’ll create descriptions and eligibility criteria for your programs.


Step 2: Set up application

We’ll build based on your requirements. Need to collect additional documentation from businesses? Have existing forms you’d like to use? Want help migrating paper or PDF documents? Want to integrate with existing processes like licensing or bill payment? No problem!


Step 3: Keep in touch

FORWARD includes a comprehensive outreach program, including email, direct mail, and phone channels—so you can send weekly to-do lists and encourage businesses to apply for local resources relevant for them.


Step 4: Review and approve

As applications come in, our Eligibility Engine software reviews business applications at scale (with human verification), then quickly processes and disburses checks. Provide additional technical assistance to businesses who need help completing the application.


Step 5: Comply with requirements

Access real-time reports on-demand to get the latest status of the program, including applications received and approved. Leverage the reports to meet CARES Act requirements.

Thanks to our friends at LiveStories. They worked with us - I don’t think they stopped working the last week because I wanted it done tonight, so we can unveil it tomorrow.
— Toby Cotter, City Manager, Bullhead City, AZ

FORWARD gives you full control over your CARES Act programs and brings your business communication and interactions into the modern age.


Online interface

Replace costly paper-based process with an easy, online experience.

Status notification of CARES Act applications

Status Notifications

Provide automatic updates to businesses on application status.

Check Processing

Process checks and distribute funds to businesses that need them, fast.

Marketing tools

Reach every business in your community and measure your campaigns’ effectiveness.

Security & Privacy

Keep the business information private and not accessible to other 3rd parties.

Resources for businesses

Connect businesses to other state and federal resources beyond the CARES Act, and local resources too.

Request a FREE Consultation

We will sit down with you and discuss how FORWARD can support your goals. More specifically, during this session, we will:

  • Understand your goals and requirements

  • Share best practices from other jurisdictions

  • Discuss project timelines

  • Identify potential risks, challenges, and mitigation steps

Fill out the form or contact us at 800-819-9785 x1 to get in touch with a specialist today.

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