Over the last week, the Greater Akron Chamber has been working closely with Summit County; the City of Akron; Jump Start Inc. in partnership with the KeyBank Boost and Build Program to create the Summit County COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Relief Grant Program.
In addition, a number of local municipalities including Bath, Barberton, Copley Township, Coventry, Cuyahoga Falls, Fairlawn, Green, Mogadore, Norton, and Tallmadge have also committed significant funds to the grant program in support of their small businesses. This grant program will provide more than $1 million in grant funds to Summit County small businesses that meet the eligibility criteria in amounts of up to $5,000.
This message is to let you know that the application for the program is now available. Details about the program and the process are at www.GACCovid19.org/GrantProgram. There is a link to the online application on that page. If you have questions about the program that aren’t addressed online or in the application, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please understand that they are getting a lot of inquiries and will work to respond as soon as possible.
Please note that eligibility for the program requires applicants to have already applied for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan from the SBA or a Payroll Protection Loan from the SBA through their lender. Details on both programs and links can be found at https://gaccovid19.org/resources-for-businesses/
Please note that due to limited resources, the application period for these grants will close on Monday, April 13th or upon the receipt of 400 applications, whichever occurs first. Once we have exceeded that limit, we will continue to accept information from companies so that we may understand the needs of those companies and potentially connect them to other support options. While not eligible for this grant program at this point, those companies may be directed to other resources that may be of help.