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File #: 21-304    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Agendas Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 9/15/2021 In control: Board of Aldermen
On agenda: 10/19/2021 Final action:
Title: Approval of the COVID-19 Mitigation Business Grant Policy PURPOSE: The purpose of this agenda item is to request that the Town Council approve the COVID-19 Mitigation Business Grant Policy that will guide the distribution of Town-received ARPA funds for small businesses to help mitigate the negative impacts from COVID-19.
Attachments: 1. Attachment A - COVID-19 Mitigation Business Grant Program Policy
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Approval of the COVID-19 Mitigation Business Grant Policy
PURPOSE: The purpose of this agenda item is to request that the Town Council approve the COVID-19 Mitigation Business Grant Policy that will guide the distribution of Town-received ARPA funds for small businesses to help mitigate the negative impacts from COVID-19.
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DEPARTMENT: Economic Development

CONTACT INFORMATION: Jon Hartman-Brown, Economic Development Director, 919-391-7846, JHartman-Brown@TownofCarrboro.org

INFORMATION: This policy will direct the disbursement of $300,000[RW1] of Town received ARPA funds to small businesses and non-profits in Carrboro as previously approved by Council on June 22, 2021. To qualify, businesses must be based in Carrboro and have been in operations before July 1, 2020. Applications will be prioritized based on the following criteria: Tourism Sector Business; Year-over-year revenue loss of 30 percent or greater for any six-month period from April 2020 to April 2021; Businesses owned by, employing, or serving low to moderate income persons, BIPOC or Woman Business; Paying a Certified Living Wage; Locally owned; Located in Carrboro for five+ years; and Businesses with two or fewer locations. Grant funds of up to $10,000 per applicant can be used for marketing and advertising, back rent and utilities, non-Federal COVID-19 loan repayment, training new under- or un-skilled employees, and capital expenditures to adapt a business to a post-COVID-19 environment. Staff anticipate opening the four-week application period within two weeks after Council approves the policy.

It is important to note that staff are recommending some changes from the original policy proposed to align this grant program with requirements on governments from the North Carolina constitution - specifically as it relates to helping low- and moderate-income persons. These additional standards will prioritize businesses that are owned by, employ, or assist low to moderate ...

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