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Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency activates COVID-19 relief fund for small businesses

Posted: 5:39 PM, Mar 26, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-26 17:39:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — One day after the City of Tallahassee and Leon County approved $1 million in relief to help businesses impacted by coronavirus, applications are being accepted.

The grant money is coming from Leon County's Emergency Disaster Relief Fund.

Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency activated the relief fund Thursday, and some will start to see money within three to five days of approval.

On Wednesday, the agency announced the distribution plan for the program.

The highest grant available is $5,000 for businesses with 25 or more employees. Owners with 10 or less employees can get up to $1,500.

The money is meant to help cover employee pay, business bills and employee sick leave time.

While it's a start, commissioner Jeremy Matlow says it does not do enough. Matlow originally pushed for a $10 million grant.

Leon County Vice Chair Rick Minor says right now they are focused on providing as much assistance as they can as fast as they can.

"This is a first step," said Minor. "What I and many others on the Blueprint board want is to come back soon and do what we can to help out other small businesses."

To apply for a grant, you can right now through the Tallahassee-Leon Office of Economic Vitality at www.oevforbusiness.org/cedr-grant. Businesses have until April 24 to apply.

This plan is supposed to line up with the $800 million federal to assist small, local businesses.