Federal grants available for small businesses impacted by COVID-19

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) – Businesses large and small have been hit hard by COVID-19.

As small businesses recover from the pandemic, federal funding applications are now available.

We’ve seen money come down to help in the relief phase before, but now there are federal grants available to help small businesses move into the recovery phase of the pandemic.

Small businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19 could receive up to $10,000 in federal grants.

This money is intended to help businesses with fewer than 10 employees that are within the city limits of Savannah.

Hundreds of people have already picked up applications in the first few days.

If you would like to learn more about your business eligibility and get help with this process, there will be a virtual information session on Thursday at 10 a.m.

There will also be an in-person session Saturday at the Pennsylvania Resource Center at 10 a.m.

Once you apply, there is an assessment process, and then they hope to have a quick turnaround to notify companies and receive their grant funds.

“Now is the time to recover so that these funds help ensure their sustainability, that they are able to buy things that can help their business stay open and stay safe, the funds can be used for expenses general, utility assistance and things they may have had a problem paying during this process,” said Kerri Reid, director of social services for the City of Savannah.

And if you own a business in unincorporated Chatham County, there are also grants from the American Rescue Plan Act. Businesses could get up to $25,000 to help with COVID-19 recovery. On Thursday, the county will be at the Garden City Library from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. to help with the application process.

Whether you are within city limits or Chatham County limits, some grants are available to help these small businesses as we enter the next phase of pandemic recovery.

You can read more about Savannah Grants here and Chatham County Grants here.

For Savannah, we find the Zoom which is held Thursday morning here.

In a separate event Thursday – Savannah Mayor Van Johnson is hosting a small business conference at the Civic Center Ballroom starting at 8:30 a.m.

The United States Small Business Administration and the local business community will offer workshops to help small businesses grow and grow.

The conference is sold out and will welcome around 200 people.

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