Grants to support COVID-19 recovery, response efforts in rural Virginia
Gov. Ralph Northam yesterday announced more than $8.4 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) for 14 projects that will help rural communities across Virginia respond and recover from the public health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to a news release from the Northam administration, Virginia receives funding annually to distribute to small cities, towns and counties, and the funding is allocated among local government applicants through an open application process.
Page County and Shenandoah County have been selected to receive grant funding.
Page County’s “Small Business Strong” will receive over $548,275.
Project “Small Business Strong” will support the recovery of approximately 300 local lodging, retail, restaurant, and service-oriented businesses in Page County with tailored equipment or supplies for to help them better serve consumers and keep employees safe.
$176,000 has been allocated for Page County’s Pop-up Food Hub and Mask Production.
Page County will expand its food pantry to provide meals to low- to moderate-income households and elderly individuals, along with hospitality and restaurant workers that have been laid off or furloughed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The food hub expansion will retain at least six jobs in the kitchen at the Mimslyn Inn to create meals and organize food services at the food pantry at least four days a week. The county will also help establish a small mask production operation, which will donate the masks higher risk populations or those returning to a job in the service and tourism sectors. The mask production operation will create five part-time jobs and approximately 3,800 masks for the community.
Shenandoah County will receive $550,000 for Small Business Recovery Assistance.
Shenandoah County will assist the small business community adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Qualifying businesses can apply for up to five months or a maximum of $7,000 in rent or mortgage relief and up to $5,000 in reopening expenses associated with equipment purchases and technology upgrades.
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