State offering new round of COVID-19 relief funding to small businesses - KTVZ

State offering new round of COVID-19 relief funding to small businesses - KTVZ


State offering new round of COVID-19 relief funding to small businesses - KTVZ

Posted: 09 Oct 2020 09:56 PM PDT

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EUGENE, Ore. (KTVZ) - The state of Oregon's COVID-19 Emergency Business Grant Program is now open for an additional round of funding, offering as much as $50,000 to qualifying businesses and 501(c)(3) organizations that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19.

The application process will be open through Nov. 15, or until the $17.5 million in grant funding is fully allocated.

Grants are available to Oregon-based businesses with 25 or fewer employees, including organizations that previously received up to $100,000 in CARES Act funding. Funding will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Applicants are being asked to fill out one of two forms:

Central Willamette Credit Union is administering this round of grants, and SELCO Community Credit Union is collaborating to help improve awareness of the program.  

For more information on eligibility and documentation requirements, visit www.centralwcu.org/grants, or call or text Central Willamette Credit Union at 541-928-4536. For information on additional COVID-19 resources for businesses, visit selco.org/covid-19-business-assistance.

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

Posted: 30 Sep 2020 12:00 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, Akron Urban League president and CEO, said in a statement. "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 Saturday, Oct. 3.

This year, the week will focus on planting native trees at Erie Island park on Peckham Street on Saturday and at Joy Park on Fuller Street on Sunday, 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."

More small business assistance grants available through Economic Alliance - Methow Valley News

Posted: 07 Oct 2020 03:15 PM PDT

Businesses that haven't already received an Okanogan County Small Business Stabilization Grant can apply now for the second round of awards through the Okanogan County Economic Alliance.

Many businesses across the county are reporting a 40% drop in revenue from last year. Some have exhausted their reserve and exist day-to-day, hoping to take in enough money to open the doors the next day, Economic Alliance Executive Director Roni Holder-Diefenbach told the county commissioners last week.

APPLY FOR A GRANT

To apply for an Okanogan County Small Business Grant, email Roni Holder-Diefenbach at rholderdiefenbach@economic-alliance.com. The deadline for submitting an application is 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 19.

Businesses that have depleted their reserves are reluctant to apply for a loan and take on more debt, she said. The alliance hopes the grants can help them get through the next six months, she said.

Fifty-six businesses received a total of $786,000 from several grant programs through the county and cities earlier this year, Holder-Diefenbach said.

The county commissioners provided an additional $200,000 for the second phase of these grants from funding provided through the federal CARES Act.

Although 112 businesses requested applications this spring, some didn't have the necessary receipts, and others weren't aware of the opportunity, Holder-Diefenbach said.

In a separate grant program, TwispWorks and the Methow Valley Long Term Recovery Organization awarded 11 more Methow Valley Small Business Emergency Grants last week, for a total of 48 recipients in four rounds. They expect to have another round of funding early next year.

Each Methow Valley grantee receives $1,500 for immediate relief (rent, utilities and other fixed business expenses) or recovery (projects to help businesses switch to new markets and become more resilient and viable).

Small business grants now available | News - Marshall News Messenger

Posted: 08 Oct 2020 02:00 AM PDT

The Marshall City Commission approved a reimbursement grant program to support local businesses that have adapted their operations in response to COVID-19.

The Small Business Grant Fund will provide a one-time reimbursement of up to $2,500 to companies who have purchased equipment, supplies, software, safety equipment and faced financial hardship to adapt their business to state and federal guidelines after March 1.

Qualifications include:

 Locally owned small business with a storefront.

 Businesses must be inside the city limits of Marshall.

 Businesses must be sales-tax producing.

 Businesses must have been open and operating since January 1, 2020, and have at least three employees.

 The grant application must include paid receipts.

 Explanation of the purpose of the purchase.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Community Development Block Grant provided funding for this program to the City of Marshall. Applications will be reviewed by city staff for completion and eligibility. Based on the review, the city staff will make recommendations for approval by the city commission.

Applications are available at the Community and Economic Development Office, 401 S. Alamo Blvd., during business hours. Applications are also available online at www.marshalltexas.net on the Planning and Development Department homepage.

For more information, contact Rachel Chapman at chapman.rachel @marshalltexas.net.

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