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MANSFIELD -- The Richland County/Mansfield COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Relief Grant Fund has been launched, according to Jodie A. Perry, President & CEO of Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development.

Yes, it’s a long name. Here’s what it means:

Small businesses (for-profit entities with 20 full-time employees & less and $1.5M or less in 2019 revenue) can apply for emergency relief grants. The maximum grant amounts are $7,500 (for 2 to 20 full-time employees) and $2,500 (for less than 2 full-time employees). There are other eligibility requirements and exclusions, please read the full grant guidelines at this link.

The application and full grant guidelines can be found here on the website. Applications are open now through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 13.

This is being funded with dollars from the CARES Act being given by Richland County and the City of Mansfield. You can read the full press release here. We are in talks with additional entities so additional funds may be given and we’ll keep you apprised of that.

Two grant informational sessions will be conducted via Zoom:

Thursday, Sept. 3 at 9 a.m. – Register here

Friday, Sept. 4 at noon – Register here

This is not a first-come, first-served grant, all eligible applications will be scored. In the event of a tie in scoring, an earlier application would get a slight edge. So, you don’t have to drop everything this morning to apply, but it's recommended to not wait until the last minute if possible.

The grants will be announced on Monday, Sept. 28. It's important to note that we do expect to receive more applications than we can fund. If, however, additional money becomes available it will go to the next highest scoring group of businesses to award funding.

Those with questions about the grants, use this email address: grants@richlandareachamber.com or call the office for assistance.

"We are also hard at work on some new programming for the fall, and other ways that we can pivot and continue to provide you with valuable benefits," Perry said. "Check out our recently launched new website – we are excited for that.

"Thanks for your continued support and helping us keep #RichlandCountySTRONG!"

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