Chamber reviewing modest business grant programs


GALION — The Galion-Crestline Region Chamber of Commerce has began examining apps for its modest company reduction grant method.

The Chamber received a flood of grant apps — 61 in overall — in a two-7 days interval, forcing the company to close the software window and start out sorting as a result of the businesses that are trying to find assistance. The Metropolis of Galion provided $200,000 in CARES Act money to fund the method, which is designed to assist businesses that have been adversely impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We got what we viewed as our very last application in on (Aug. 16),” Chamber Executive Director Miranda Jones stated. “We’re really thrilled. That initially day (of the software period of time) was nuts and we knew it would be since we made sure that the software was obtainable the Friday in advance of (July 30) on our web site just before we began accepting them in workplace (on Monday, Aug. 2). That way folks had the weekend to obtain their files and speak to their accountants or just work on it exterior the busy day of a operate 7 days.”

Jones said Chamber officers had been happy with the amount of applicants and the fast response to the plan.

“We were being thrilled with the selection we received in and the programs we have,” she said. “Now we’re just kind of in a waiting interval. We can appear at the candidates that we have and make guaranteed they are qualified and make certain all of them know they spot authorized. Then by the conclude of August, to start with 7 days of September, we can commence writing all those checks and placing up appointment periods for people to appear in and choose those up.”

The Chamber Board of Administrators will make the ultimate final decision in the software critique system, Jones mentioned.

Jones famous that a lot of local companies were continue to struggling at the outset of 2021 and have continued to battle into the middle of the 12 months.

“We accept that everyone had hardships through 2020 and even via this first portion of 2021,” Jones mentioned. “It was not a shock to me that we had so many candidates on the initially working day and that we have been able to fill that in the first two weeks of the application period. If it is just that tiny bump that can help them get by the rest of 2021, we are happy to be aspect of that. We respect the Town of Galion for acquiring the forward thinking to use the CARES Act money to help our neighborhood firms.”

Jones mentioned the most amount of money of funding that will be awarded to a business enterprise by way of the present-day method is $5,000.

In December 2020, the Galion-Crestline and Bucyrus chambers doled out a total of $800,000 in CARES Act resources furnished by the Crawford County Commissioners. A whole of 177 enterprises in Crawford County received funding via that application.


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