Commissioners finalize rules for COVID-19 business grant program

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SALISBURY — During a called meeting on Friday evening, the Rowan County Board of Commissioners approved final changes to their COVID-19 small business grant program.
The commissioners originally approved the grant program on Monday, establishing that $350,000 in funding will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis for eligible small businesses. 
Initially, they planned for the program to be administered by the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce, but after county staff met with the chamber this week, both parties agreed that another organization may be better equipped to facilitate the grant. As a result, commissioners on Friday approved an agreement for McGill Associates to distribute the small business grants. The Chamber of Commerce still had a role in collaborating with the county to help create some of the grant’s requirements.

McGill Associates is an engineering firm, but has expertise in grant administration, said County Manager Aaron Church. McGill will receive $35,000 to administer the program.
As originally planned, applications for the grant will be accepted online at rowancountync.gov/smallbusinessgrant and in person on the second floor of the Rowan County Administration Building starting at noon on Monday, Nov. 23. The application process will close at 5 p.m. on Dec. 4.
Businesses that have …

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