Small companies in Webster County that suffered losses because of the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for a grant of as much as $10,000 by way of a brand new program.
The Webster County Board of Supervisors is utilizing $250,000 of the cash it acquired from the federal American Rescue Plan to supply the grants.
”We are attempting to assist these companies who fell by way of the cracks when different packages and different help got here out,” stated county Supervisor Mark Campbell.
”We all know that small companies are the spine of Webster County and we need to present that we’re there for them and have their again,” he added.
Grant functions will probably be obtainable on the net web site of the Larger Fort Dodge Progress Alliance.
The primary spherical of grant functions are due Oct. 15.
”One in every of our targets for the grant utility was to simplify the method as a result of actually the purpose is to get cash into the arms of companies that want it,” stated Jill Nelson, the group improvement director for the Progress Alliance.
To qualify for a grant, a enterprise should be positioned inside Webster County and it will need to have been established previous to March 1, 2020.
Desire will probably be given to small companies which have beforehand acquired little or no pandemic associated monetary help.
Grant functions will probably be reviewed by a 5 member committee. That panel will encompass two representatives from the Progress Alliance, two appointed by the Board of Supervisors and one consultant of the Small Enterprise Improvement Middle.
That panel will make suggestions to the Board of Supervisors, which can make the ultimate resolution on all grant awards.
Grants starting from $2,500 to $10,000 will probably be obtainable.
Companies will be capable of use the cash for almost any operational goal.
These companies that obtain grants will probably be referred to the Small Enterprise Improvement Middle for recommendation on their plans.
Grant functions will be discovered at www.greaterfortdodge.com.