Small Business Relief Grant
At its July 28 meeting, the City Council approved a second round of the Small Business Relief Grant. A Notice of Available Funding and grant details are included in the application form, linked below.
In June, the City of Monroe established the Monroe CARES grant program to disburse CARES Act funds to businesses and non-profits affected by the COVID-19 crisis. In this second round of the Small Business Relief Grant, $39,360 is being made available to Monroe businesses, with grants awards anticipated to be between $1,000 and $5,000.
The Small Business Relief Grant gives priority to businesses that have not been eligible for Federal, State and County grant funds. Grant funds must cover costs associated with the impact of COVID-19, such as rent, utilities, payroll and business licensing fees. “Our highest priority right now is getting our entire community up and running as quickly as possible and as safely as possible,” said Mayor Geoffrey Thomas. "Providing support for our business community, especially those that have not received assistance from other grant funds, will help get us there."
The second round of the Small Business Relief Grant opened on Friday, July 31. To begin the application process, please go to the grant application. Applicants are encouraged to download the application before beginning, as the form cannot be saved in its web page status.
The application cycle for the first round of Small Business Relief Grant closed on Tuesday, June 30. A committee of city staff and members of the City's Economic Development Advisory Board thoroughly reviewed the 24 applications received, and recommended awards to 19 applicants. The City Council reviewed and approved the recommendations at its July 28, 2020 Regular Business Meeting. The full list of recipients and awards can be found here.