At their June 2 meeting, City of Quincy councilmembers approved a resolution that provides grant resources to small businesses within the city limits using CARES Act funds contracted with the Washington State Department of Commerce.

Titled the Emergency Response Grant Program, the resolution includes a list of criteria for eligibility, what the funds can and cannot be used for, and the requirements for application.

Up to $5,000 per applicant is available for non-essential businesses that suffered an economic loss because of the COVID-19 virus after March 1, 2020.

“We know that small businesses have been hit really hard in Quincy,” Mayor Paul Worley said. “And while these funds won’t completely restore their losses, we hope that it will provide some relief so they can continue to operate.”

The Emergency Response Grant Program is for licensed small businesses with 10 full-time employees or less who have a physical storefront within the corporate city limits. The funds can be used for lease, rent, mortgage payments, non-city utilities, normal operating costs, supplies required to achieve social-distancing, and marketing.

Small businesses can access the application at the City of Quincy website until the program ends by 5 p.m. on June 30, 2020, or when the funds have been fully allocated. Successful applicants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

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