Relief grants still available for small businesses; deadline is Nov. 20

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(Posted Nov. 13, 2020)

The Madison County Chamber of Commerce reached out to the Ohio Development Services Agency this week to check on the status of applications submitted for the COVID Small Business Relief Grant.

To date, the state has approved nine applications from Madison County. A total of 74 applications have been submitted from Madison County. That number reflects applications completed, submitted, approved, rejected and withdrawn.

Anyone who has submitted an application can check on its status at
https://businesshelp.ohio.gov/small-business-relief-grant.html.

Fifty $10,000 grants are available per county in Ohio. Applications are open until Nov. 20.

“If you are eligible and need funding, please apply for these dollars. We need to make sure our local businesses get their share of the dollars that were set aside for them,” said David Kell, executive director of the Madison County Chamber of Commerce.

“If you have applied already, please check the status of your application and determine what next steps you need to take. If you have any questions, please reach out to our office and we will assist you the best we can.”

The Madison County Chamber of Commerce can be reached at 740-490-7547.

The Small Business Relief Grant provides a $10,000 grant to small businesses with at least one but no more than 25 employees. The grant funding helps businesses pay for a variety of expenses, including: mortgage or rent payments; utility payments; salaries, wages, or compensation for employees and contractors; business supplies or equipment; and other costs.

Grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. To ensure the grants are spread throughout the state, $500,000 has been set aside for businesses in each of Ohio’s 88 counties. When a county’s allocation is depleted, businesses in that county will be eligible to receive grants from the remaining funds in the overall grant program.

Additionally, the Bar and Restaurant Assistance Fund provides $2,500 for permit holders who haven’t been able to fully use their liquor permit. Businesses with an on-premise consumption permit through the Ohio Department of Commerce are eligible to receive $2,500 per unique business location. Businesses need to have an active on-premise permit as of close of business on Oct. 23, 2020.

More information can be found at BusinessHelp.Ohio.gov.

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