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City of Rochester announces $500K in grants for local businesses struggling during pandemic

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Courtesy: City of Rochester

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX47) -- Rochester businesses will soon have the opportunity to apply for relief grants as many struggle during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The City of Rochester announced on Wednesday that it has allocated $500,000 of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to support this project.

The City said about $420,000 of the grant money will be allocated to liquor license holders and $80,000 will be for other license types.

The funding will be used for businesses who are located in and licensed through the City of Rochester to try to help them through the financial struggle caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the City said.

The City said grants can be used for any funding related to COVID-19 closures and expenditures. This could include buying plexiglass, staffing costs and other expenses required to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The application will reportedly go live at 2 p.m. on Thursday and close on Aug. 28 and 5 p.m.

The City said grant awards to a liquor license holder can be up to $4,000, and all other license holders could receive grants of up to $1,000 depending on their license classification.

“We hope that this grant program offers our local license holding businesses some relief," City License Examiner Christiaan Cartwright said in a news release. "The past and ongoing impacts of COVID-19 are challenging and we are committed to being the best partners we can be in this time of need.”

The City said women, minority and veteran-owned businesses are encouraged to apply for grants. More information on how to apply can be found here.

Nicole Valinote

Social Media and Digital Content Manager

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