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Applications are Now Being Accepted for the MeckCounty CARES Small Business Relief Grant

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The grant can provide up to $25,000 for small businesses located in the six towns or unincorporated areas of the County whose businesses have been negatively impacted by COVID-19.

The grant is made possible thanks to CARES Act funding awarded to the County. The County has allocated $1.25 million to continue financial support to small businesses during the pandemic.

Grant amounts are contingent upon business size and availability. 

In order to apply - Small Businesses must:

  • Have 50 employees or less
  • Be in one of the six towns or unincorporated areas of Mecklenburg County
  • Registered with the NC Secretary of State prior to Jan. 1, 2020
  • Demonstrate that business was adversely impacted by COVID-19

The funds may be used for working capital, lease payments, existing real owner-occupied commercial estate mortgage and equipment financing payments and covering payroll shortage. 

Funds may not be used to pay off unrelated COVID-19 expenses.

There are no application fees, grant processing fees, or grant documentation fees.

Applications will be accepted until Nov. 27, 2020 or until funds have been dispersed.

In addition, financial assistance is still available for small businesses who do not meet the above criteria through theCounty’s Small Business Stabilization Loan Fund and the Microbusiness Stabilization Fund.

Visit MeckNC.gov or click on this flyer to learn more about the MeckCounty CARES Small Business Relief Grant or to apply.

For more information about the MeckCounty CARES Small Business Relief Grant contact Fred Atiemo at 980-314-2757 or Fred.Atiemo@mecklenburgcountync.gov with the Office of Economic Development.