Stanislaus County has awarded $3.1 million in grants to help local small businesses struggling in the new coronavirus pandemic. The grants are for as much as $10,000 each and help businesses cover such expenses as rent, utilities and payroll.
The awards went to 300 small businesses and 44 independent contractors. The county received 551 applications. Businesses were not funded for such reasons as not having a business license, an address in the county and providing the required documentation.
The county is using $3 million from the $96 million it received from the roughly $2 trillion federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act as well as $150,000 from local business leaders to provide the grants.
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