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South Coast Program To Help Businesses, Non-Profits Hit By COVID-19 To Give Out New Round Of Grants


There’s good news for some small businesses, and non-profits in Ventura County which were hard hit by coronavirus.  The County’s Business Assistance Program is going to fund a second round of grants.

So far, more than 5000 businesses, and non-profits applied for help, and 777 have received $5,000 checks.  The program is now going to fund all of the remaining eligible applicants.  County officials say it means more than 3700 small businesses and non-profits will be getting $5,000 grants.

The $24 million dollar program is a partnership with the county, the Ventura County Community Foundation, the Economic Development Collaborative, and Women’s Economic Ventures. 

The grants can be used for things like paying employees, rent and lease payments, and other business expenses related to the impacts of COVID-19.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.