ONTARIO — The Metropolis of Ontario will contribute $25,000 of its CARES Act funding to a grant program for small companies impacted by COVID-19.
Metropolis council permitted the measure Wednesday evening. The funds will go towards the Small Enterprise Grant Program administered by the Richland Space Chamber of Commerce. Funds from the Metropolis of Ontario might be restricted to Ontario candidates.
Each the Metropolis of Mansfield and Richland County Commissioners have contributed CARES Act funds to this system.
“I thanks for doing this as a result of I believe it’s good to assist our small companies,” Mayor Randy Hutchinson instructed council after the vote.
In response to Jodie Perry, chamber president and CEO, 273 native companies utilized for grants, together with 17 in Ontario. The applying deadline was Sept. 13.
“We acquired extra purposes that we may fund off the bat, so it will permit us to assist extra companies that utilized,” Perry stated. “We all know by the quantity of purposes there is a sturdy want for help, so we definitely admire the town’s contribution in placing this cash ahead so we might help our space companies.”
Companies additionally needed to meet fundamental eligibility necessities, which included having 20 full-time equal (FTE) workers or fewer, having $1.5 million or much less in revenues in 2019, having been in operation previous to Sept. 1, 2019 and being a for-profit enterprise.
In response to questions from Third Ward council member Sherry Branham, Perry acknowledged that no chain or franchise operation could be eligible for the grant program, and that receiving help by the Paycheck Safety Program or Financial Damage Catastrophe Mortgage program wouldn’t impression a enterprise’ eligibility.
“We take a look at how lengthy they’ve been in enterprise, the expertise of the homeowners, the impression of COVID on their revenues, worker dimension,” Perry stated “Are they in a deprived zip code? Are they a deprived enterprise proprietor? Is their business significantly impacted by (COVID-19)?”
The Metropolis of Ontario acquired two CARES Act funds, which totaled $67,615.44 These funds should be encumbered by Oct. 15 and spent on COVID-19 associated bills by Dec. 30.
Whereas the town selected to soak up the early prices related to COVID-19, which consisted largely of PPE and cleansing provides. Hutchinson stated the town continues to be ready on estimates from two corporations concerning the price of putting in touchless sinks, taps and bogs within the restrooms at public parks and public bogs in metropolis buildings.
At a earlier assembly, Hutchinson instructed council that challenge will seemingly value between $40,000 and $45,000.
Hutchinson stated additionally mentioned the potential for holding citywide Trick or Deal with on Oct. 31 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Varied council members voiced their help.
“It’s one thing good for the neighborhood to really feel a bit of little bit of normalcy,” At Giant Councilman Eddie Gallo stated.