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Ventura County Launching New Round Of COVID-19 Emergency Assistance For Businesses, Farmworker Families

$30 million dollars in new grants planned

Thousands of South Coast businesses hard hit by COVID-19 could soon be getting more financial aid. Ventura County is planning a third round of grants.

Ventura County has already done two rounds of emergency grants to small businesses, giving out $30 million. With many businesses still struggling, the county is now planning a third round of $5000 grants, totaling $30 million.

County officials say the emphasis is on helping small businesses, especially ones owned by minorities and women. The county will use $19 million in federal relief funds, and $11 million in county general funds to pay for the grants.

The county will also do a new round of farmworker assistance grants, giving struggling low income families $1,000 grants.

Ventura County Supervisors approved the proposal Tuesday. The county is working on a timeline now for the new grant process.

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.