First round of virus-related business aid coming

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Crawford County is set to award its first round of COVID-19 pandemic small business assistance program funds to 20 businesses around the county.At their voting meeting next week, county commissioners are expected to approve the awarding of grants of up to $10,000 each to the initial 20 firms.The direct grants, for small businesses with fewer than 100 employees, reimburse operating costs which have been impacted by the pandemic.
The grants cover a business’ COVID operating costs from March 1 through Nov. 15, according to Zach Norwood, director of the Crawford County Planning Office.Money for the grants is coming from $130,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Coronavirus Response program funds and $500,000 from County Relief Block Grant (CRBG) program funds. Both have been funded through federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds awarded to the county.Granting funds are being distributed through three different cycles which are the same, but a business only may apply for one funding cycle.Norwood presented the initial round of 20 grant awards at Wednesday’s work session of county commissioners. The 20 businesses are scheduled to get funds from the first cycle which had an application deadline of July 31.

Grants from the $130,000 CDBG pool are for: Making Memories Catering …

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