Summit County announces new round of small business grants - Crain's Cleveland Business

Summit County announces new round of small business grants - Crain's Cleveland Business


Summit County announces new round of small business grants - Crain's Cleveland Business

Posted: 30 Sep 2020 06:55 AM PDT

Summit County continues to support small businesses with funding from the CARES Act.

"It has become clear that the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic will likely be with us for some time, leaving many of our small businesses with uncertain futures," County Executive Ilene Shapiro said in an announcement. "This grant program has already made a difference for thousands of Summit County businesses. The additional funding will make a difference for many more and will hopefully relieve some uncertainty."

She was referring to $7.5 million in CARES Act grants that the county reports 1,889 small businesses have already received.

This time, Shapiro was announcing a new round of $5 million in federal CARES Act funding for small businesses, which the county authorized to be sent to the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce for the COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Relief Grant Program established at the start of the pandemic.

The amount of grant funding a business might receive will be based on its number of employees, and businesses must be for-profit enterprises located in the county and with county residents making up at least half of its employees.

More information, including grant applications, can be found at the program's website. Deadline to apply is Wednesday, Oct. 7.

Akron got some righteous investments in the form of nearly $4 million in grants announced Sept. 25 by the Akron Community Foundation (ACF).

ACF announced its board approved $3,873,997 in grants, including $534,000 in "competitive civic affairs grants chosen by its Community Investment Committee and $150,000 in two grants awarded for diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives."

From that $150,000, the Akron Urban League received a grant of $100,000, awarded over three years, to "help increase the organization's capacity to lead social justice efforts through the addition of a director of diversity and strategic initiatives," ACF said in its announcement.

The Akron Urban League has already filled that director's position, recently announcing it's been filled by Jennifer Ross.

"The current pandemic has highlighted disparities in health care and unemployment for African Americans," said Teresa LeGrair, presideaccompanying the announcement. "The important work of the Akron Urban League continues to focus on the need for increased programs in workforce development, entrepreneurship and education. The funds awarded by Akron Community Foundation will help us in these efforts, and we are very grateful for the support."

ACF's awards this year makes for a long and broad list. It includes more than 50 recipients ranging from economic development agencies such as ConxusNEO, which received $50,000 to create virtual job-training services and assist Black workers, to $1,000 to BRITE Energy Innovators to support eight Akron-area clean energy technology startups.

The foundation has more information and a full run down of the recent grants online.

Akron Parks Week, the city's annual celebration of its vibrant parks, kicks off Monday, Oct. 3.

This year, the week will focus on planting native trees at Erie Island park on Peckham Street on Monday and at Joy Park on Fuller Street on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

The events will count on volunteers to do the plantings, and folks can register online to help at either Erie Island or Joy Park, but the city says there's a limited number of available slots.

Volunteers will work in groups of 10 or fewer, and the event is being sponsored by Kent's Davey Tree Co.

"Clean, green and accessible public spaces are essential to strong neighborhoods and a healthy quality of life," Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan said in announcing the effort. "The challenges of 2020 have further demonstrated the essential value of our parks and public spaces within our neighborhoods. Each Akron family deserves access to healthy, vibrant parks in which to play, reflect and enjoy the natural world. I look forward to celebrating Akron Parks Week this October and investing in our parks together during this year's socially distanced events."

Apply Now for a Rural Relief Small Business Grant | Mono County - Sierra Wave

Posted: 29 Sep 2020 10:11 PM PDT

Hello Mono County Business Partners,

Please see the opportunity below for a rural small business grant. Application period is open now through October 5th.

Lowe's Rural Relief Small Business Grants

Thanks to generous funding from Lowe's, small business owners in rural communities are invited to apply for the Rural Relief Small Business Grants program.

Before you apply, please note:

  • Only businesses located in rural communities are eligible to receive a Rural Relief Small Business Grant. Review eligibility information here
  • This program is separate from previous small business grant applications from LISC. You must submit a new application to be considered for a Rural Relief Small Business Grant.

Application deadline is Monday, October 5th at 11:59PM ET.

Apply Now & Learn more about the program and review eligibility details here.

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