Monroe County launches Fast Forward Monroe Small Business Grant program

Updated: October 21, 2020 05:20 PM
Created: October 21, 2020 01:03 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Monroe County is using $15 million in CARES Act funding to help small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

It’s part of a program called the Fast Forward Monroe Small Business Grant program, which will provide financial assistance to small businesses with two to 50 full-time employees in industries like retail and dining.

Rep. Joe Morelle (D, NY-25) was there for the announcement.

He says Congress needs to pass another virus relief bill and is frustrated that republicans and democrats can't come to an agreement.

"There are millions of Americans who are struggling and in crisis. That number is only going to continue to grow. Every day that we wait more restaurants will go out of business more small businesses will lose, more families will reach the end of their benefits," Rep. Morelle said.

Eligible applicants to the Fast Forward Monroe Small Business Grant program will receive:

  • Up to $10,000 in funding for businesses with between zero and two employees.
  • Up to $15,000 for businesses with three to 25 full-time employees.
  • Up to $20,000 for businesses with 26 to 50 full-time employees.

Businesses like doctor’s offices, law firms, engineering firms and financial managers aren’t eligible for the grant.

To apply, you must provide your NY 45 or similar documents as of June 30, 2020, and submit appropriate banking information. Previous years’ tax returns aren’t required.

The deadline to apply for the grant is Nov. 2. Click here to apply.

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