October 15, 2020

County makes second round of small business grants available

BATAVIA, OH (Oct. 14, 2020) — Clermont County has made a second round of $500,000 in Coronavirus Relief Act (CARES Act) grants available for small businesses. When combined with the first round, the overall relief for small businesses in Clermont County will reach $1 million.

Non-profits are eligible for grants in this round of funding.

To apply, please visit https://clermontcountyohio.gov/small-business-relief-initiative/

The deadline for applications is 4:30 p.m. Oct. 31.

To ensure expedient processing of payments, please be sure to include a valid email address.

Eighty-five businesses will receive a total of $480,000 in grants through the first round of funding. Those funds are expected to be distributed within the next several weeks. The number of applicants increased after criteria were expanded.

“Obviously, small businesses were impacted by the COVID restrictions,” Commissioner David Painter said. “If this can give them an edge, it’s a great thing.”

Noting that small businesses “are the cornerstone of Clermont County,” Commissioner Ed Humphrey said he hopes the funds can help them keep afloat in a challenging business environment.

Commissioner Claire Corcoran thanked county staff for their efforts on the grant program.

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