Webster County small businesses that have suffered losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for a grant of up to $ 10,000 through a new program.
The Webster County Board of Supervisors is using $ 250,000 of the money it received from the US federal rescue plan to provide the grants.
“We’re trying to help the companies that fell through the cracks when other programs and other support came out,” said District Chairman Mark Campbell.
“We know that small businesses are the backbone of Webster County, and we want to show that we are there for them and our backs,” he added.
Grant applications will be available on the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance website.
The first round of grant applications is due on October 15th.
“One of our goals for the grant application was to make the process easier because the real goal is to get money into the hands of companies that need it,” said Jill Nelson, director of community development for the Growth Alliance.
To be eligible for funding, a company must be located in Webster County and incorporated prior to March 1, 2020.
Preference will be given to small businesses that have previously received little or no financial support related to the pandemic.
Funding applications are examined by a five-person committee. This body consists of two representatives from the Growth Alliance, two appointed by the Board of Directors and one from the Small Business Development Center.
This body will make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors, which will make the final decision on all benefits.
Grants ranging from $ 2,500 to $ 10,000 are available.
Companies can use the money for almost any business purpose.
The companies that receive grants will be referred to the Small Business Development Center for advice on their plans.
For grant applications, visit www.greaterfortdodge.com.