Last week, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced the approval of $125 million in funding received by the State of Ohio from the federal CARES Act to provide grants of up to $10,000 to small businesses to help them through the current COVID crisis. The program will begin accepting applications beginning this Monday, November 2, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. Please click here for an overview page and fact sheet and click here for a more detailed outline of the grant – scroll down to click on “Terms & Conditions” to view more.
The Chamber is partnering with the Brooke Hancock Jefferson Metropolitan Planning Commission and the Jefferson County Port Authority to not only spread the word about this new program but also to ensure that our local businesses are prepared for the application process and have the help they need to submit their application accurately and on time. You may access the online application at www.businesshelp.ohio.gov. Please note that in order to access the application, you are required to have an “OH/ID” which provides users with secure access to State of Ohio services. If you do not have one and wish to obtain one, click here. If you already have an Ohio Sales Tax Payment login ID, you may use it. Money will be allocated to all 88 counties but is distributed on a first-come, first-served, basis.
Check out WTOV9’s segment and interview regarding the Chamber’s partnership by clicking here.
In addition, the “Bar and Restaurant Assistance Fund” has also been set up to assist Ohio’s on-premise liquor permit holders with $37.5 million of funding to provide $2,500 grants to all on-premise liquor permit holders. Click here for details on this program. You may qualify for both programs. Accepting the $10,000 grant does not exclude you from the additional $2,500. These applications also open on Monday, November 2, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.