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Cuyahoga County making money available to restaurants

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Posted at 3:53 PM, Dec 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-04 15:53:23-05

CLEVELAND — Cuyahoga County is extending the funding of the County’s Small Business Stabilization Fund, which was created to support restaurants that have been hit by the pandemic.

County Executive Armond Budish said an additional $1.2 million “will be designated from the County’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) Funding for grants of up to $10,000 each to restaurants in Cuyahoga County for unpaid rent, utilities, and COVID-19 safety-related costs incurred from March 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020.”

The grants will be administered by Destination Cleveland and will be distributed by Cleveland Neighborhood Progress. The funds will not be available for costs already covered by federal, state, or local grant or loan programs.

From the county:

Restaurants that have already applied for a grant through Round 3 of the County’s Small Business Stabilization Fund (for which applications just closed) may still apply for this restaurant extension. Businesses will only receive grants from one of the two programs.

The application for restaurant stabilization grants will be open Friday, December 4, 2020, at 2:30 p.m. and close Friday, December 11 at 5:00 p.m. Grants will be awarded and distributed shortly after. Restaurants can apply for a grant by completing the Restaurant Stabilization Fund Application at cuyahogacounty.us/restauranthelp.

Questions about the grant program can be directed to 216-875-6685 or helpforbusiness@destinationcle.org.

Restaurants that are eligible for a grant will be contacted for further information and must submit the requested documentation within 48 hours of the supplemental information request.

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