Kent County offering millions in grants to businesses affected by closures

Posted at 4:10 PM, Sep 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-24 16:10:21-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Kent County is allocating millions of dollars to supporting businesses that have had to stay closed during the coronavirus pandemic.

Childcare providers specifically will receive a total of $750,000, and an additional $5 million will be allocated to businesses closed by executive order as of Aug. 1, a news release said Thursday.

Businesses that qualify for a grant include indoor theaters, cinemas, performance venues, banquet centers, indoor gyms, fitness centers, recreation centers, sports facilities, exercise facilities, bowling alleys, indoor climbing facilities, indoor dance areas, skating rinks, trampoline parks and other similar recreational and entertainment facilities.

“We must take every action to support job creators who are still shuttered or had a long-delayed reopening,” said Mandy Bolter, chair of the Kent County Board of Commissioners. “Working with our business owners and economic groups, it has become painfully clear we will lose some of these jobs forever if we do not act now. I’m thankful we have funding to create this targeted program and hopeful our families and friends can get back to work safely and soon.”

Contractors, vendors and suppliers that directly serve eligible business – and have been severely impacted by their closures – may also apply.

Applications are live as of Thursday and can be found here.