PERRY COUNTY — All 88 Ohio counties qualify for 50 Small Business Relief Grants each. At this time Perry County has not awarded all the grants it is allotted through this program. The deadline to submit an application to receive up to a $10,000 grant is Nov. 23. The following information has been released by the Ohio Developmental Services Agency:
The Small business Relief Grant is designed to assist Ohio Businesses that have been harmed by the effects of COVID-19. The $125 million grant fund will provide relief to Ohio businesses that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. Funding for the program is from the CARES Act.
Eligible businesses must be a for-profit entity with no more than 25 total or full-time equivalent Ohio employees as of Jan. 1, 2020. The applicant business has a physical location in Ohio and earns at least 90 per cent of annual Revenue from activities based in Ohio.
The business must have been in continuous operation since Jan. 1, 2020, except for interruptions required by COVID-19 public health orders and have the ability to continue operations as a going concern.”
The press release also provided a list of eligible uses for the funds because of “revenue loss or unplanned costs caused by COVID-19.” The reasons include personal protective equipment for employees and customers, as well as measures taken to protect employees, clients and customers from COVID-19.
Rent, mortgage payments, and utility payments for a business are also listed as eligible uses for the Small Business Relief Grant. Contractor and employee wages including the employer’s share of health insurance all fall under the eligible uses umbrella for the grant. Business supplies and equipment also qualify for the small business grants.
For business owners seeking help with filing for a Small Business Relief Grant, go to BusinessHelp.Ohio.Gov. Funds allocated but unused by counties will be available to businesses regardless of their location in Ohio. Perry County has not used all the funding available for small businesses yet , but the time is running short to apply.