(WXYZ) — Oakland County retail stores, restaurants and personal service businesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for grants to help them out.
The grants range from $2,500 to $10,000 will help support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses or other expenses.
There is $32 million available from the Federal CARES Act for Oakland County.
“We know that many of our small businesses have reopened but the losses they suffered while they were closed or operating at reduced capacity are significant and continue to threaten their viability,” Oakland County Executive David Coulter said. “We want to do all we can to help them recover and continue to provide the goods and services that are so important to our residents.”
Only businesses that operate a physical location in Oakland County are eligible to receive grant funds through this program.
Applications are accepted online at www.oakgov.com/covid/grants, which also describes the program in detail and lists the type of eligible businesses, which include:
- Retail trade
- Food and lodging
- Business and personal services
- Entertainment and recreation
- Construction and maintenance services
The deadline to apply is Aug. 24. The funds are intended to support for-profit businesses with 100 or fewer employees that suffered actual or anticipated losses from March 2020 through July 2020 due to the pandemic:
- Experienced a loss of revenue
- Operated at a reduced level of production, sales, employment or service
- Fully closed all operations and are now in the process of reopening
Additional Coronavirus information and resources:
Click here for a page with resources including a COVID-19 overview from the CDC, details on cases in Michigan, a timeline of Governor Gretchen Whitmer's orders since the outbreak, coronavirus' impact on Southeast Michigan, and links to more information from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the CDC and the WHO.
View a global coronavirus tracker with data from Johns Hopkins University.
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