One other $3.25M would go to arts organizations
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Montgomery County companies and nonprofits affected by the COVID-19 well being disaster would possibly get extra monetary aid from the county within the coming weeks.
The County Council is contemplating spending $14 million in grants to assist companies and nonprofits reopen. The county is in its second part of reopening, which started on Friday.
The council is also contemplating a separate $3.25 million fund for arts aid grants.
Each measures have been launched on the council’s assembly on Tuesday.
The $14 million would create a fund known as Reopen Montgomery and supply grants of as much as $5,000 per entity.
A part of the cash for the fund — roughly $four million — will come from unused grants from the Public Well being Emergency Grant Program, which offered companies and nonprofits with monetary assist for income losses throughout the well being disaster. The remainder, $10 million, will come from a mix of federal grants.
A public listening to and vote on the funds is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. July 7.
Council Member Andrew Friedson mentioned the grants will assist companies adhere to the county’s and state’s tips for reopening.
“This is focused on safely reopening and the fact that our employers and their employees have to adjust to a new normal in order to get their businesses up and running, and keep their workers and their customers safe,” he mentioned. “This will help them do that. It’s not going to solve every problem, but it’s going to solve many problems.”
Eligibility for the grants contains using 100 or fewer workers and having incurred qualifying prices equivalent to private protecting gear, contactless fee techniques, cleansing provides, outside furnishings, and signage.
Companies and nonprofits should both be solely positioned within the county, or have greater than 50% of the staff or 50% of product sales within the county.
Companies and nonprofits that acquired different monetary help from the county for reopening bills associated to the well being disaster will not be eligible for the grants.
Council Member Hans Riemer mentioned he hopes the reopening grants course of can be smoother than the Public Well being Emergency Grants program, which many companies house owners thought-about to be gradual.
“I know there are a lot of businesses out there that will never forget being ineligible for the first round of PHEG because they couldn’t show the losses for March,” he mentioned. “I hope those businesses will be able to secure support from the county to meet their expenses to reopen.”
The council can be contemplating spending $3.25 million in aid grants to arts and humanities organizations and artistic class professionals affected by the pandemic.
Of the funds, $Three million can be for organizations. The opposite $250,000 would go to particular person artist emergency aid.
The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County would award the grants. In an April survey performed by the council, all native arts and humanities organizations that responded mentioned they needed to cancel, droop or delay contracts.
Of their responses, artistic professionals mentioned they’d problem accessing or qualifying for federal and state aid applications, based on a employees report.
Council Member Craig Rice mentioned the humanities and humanities neighborhood has drastically suffered throughout the shutdown.
“This is a down payment, as we’ve done before,” he mentioned, referring to different aid applications. “We know that there’s so much more that we should do, but the reality is that we can only do so much, certainly within our limitations.”
Council Member Gabe Albornoz additionally mentioned the humanities trade has been disproportionately harm throughout the pandemic.
“This is an important step to support them and the critical role they play in our community and the critical role they will play in our healing moving forward,” he mentioned.
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