AMHERST, Va. – There are still companies in Amherst County which are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic and demand assistance reopening to get back on their feet.
County leaders are wanting to pump $800,000 into neighborhood companies that meet specific qualifications.
Officials with an economic development office stated there are two distinct grants people are able to apply for.
“Some business if they qualify, they can actually stack CARES Act money and the Back and Business money. There’s potential that they can get $20,000-$25,000 between the two grants,” Victoria Hanson, manager, said.
that the money may be used for items such as: utility bills, lease, touchless payment methods, purchase of protective equipment (masks for employees/customers), tools, or equipment, cleaning and sanitizing equipment: sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, etc., alterations for restricting entering and departing the organization, sneeze and cough guards, signs and marking materials linked to social bookmarking demands.
- Locally or regionally-owned (Corporately-owned national chains aren’t qualified )
- 20 or fewer workers
- Has been affected by COVID-19 (demonstrate 10% minimal reduction )
- has to be up-to-date on local taxation and possess a existing Amherst Town/County business permit (if needed )
- Operational since March 1, 2019
- For-profit firm with over $30,000 in gross payments in 2019
To see more about the grants and see if you qualify for your program.
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