City launches small business relief grant program

Adam Curtis Public Affairs Press Releases, Sierra Vista Economic Development News

The City will begin accepting applications for its Small Business Emergency Relief Grant program on Wednesday, May 13, following final action by the City Council at a special meeting today.

The City is receiving $159,897 of additional Community Development Block Grant funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as part of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. It will provide $120,000 to local small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic through the grant program. The remaining $39,897 will go to the United Way’s Grombacher Assistance Program (GAP) Emergency/Crisis fund by agreement to be spent on meeting basic needs of community residents and unsheltered individuals impacted by COVID-19.

The application period for Small Business Emergency Relief Grant program will run from Wednesday, May 13, through 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27. To learn more and start the application process, head to the City’s Small Business Emergency Relief Grant webpage.

“It’s vital that we move as quickly as we can to make this federal relief available to local businesses struggling to retain employees and continue operating despite the impacts of COVID-19,” Sierra Vista Economic Development Manager Tony Boone says.

Sierra Vista businesses with 10 or fewer employees can receive up to $10,000 and businesses with 5 or fewer employees may receive up to $7,500 under the program. Full eligibility details and application information is available at the webpage provided above. For assistance or more information, please contact Economic Development Manager Tony Boone at Tony.Boone@nullSierraVistaAZ.gov or (520) 439-2184.