Williams County has established a new program that provides grants to the county’s small businesses financially impacted by COVID-19.

The Williams County Small Business Grant Program provides individual $5,000 grants to eligible small businesses. A pool of $150,000 is currently allocated to the program, according to County Commissioner Terry Rummel and county Emergency Management Agency Director Apryl McClaine, who is overseeing the program.

The idea is to “provide some monetary relief from business expenses due to business interruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” McClaine said.

Some, but not all of the eligibility requirements are: Be a business located in Williams County; have less than $1 million in gross revenue/receipts annually; have expenditures related to the business interruption caused by required closures, but no approval for other federal assistance for lost revenue or expenses arising from the pandemic, including Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Emergency Disaster Loan; have 30 or fewer full-time employees; be current with all federal, state, county and local taxes and fees.

The application period opened Sept. 29 and closes Thursday, Oct. 15, at 5 p.m.

Applications are available at www.williamscountyoh.gov, under the Communications and Emergency Management tab.

Submit all applications to emagrants@wmsco.org. Make sure to submit all supporting documentation with an application.

For questions, contact McClaine at emagrants@wmsco.org, or by phone at 419-633-5002.

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