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Applications for pandemic relief program begins Monday in Ohio

Ohioans can begin to apply for pandemic relief programs beginning Monday.
Ohioans can begin to apply for pandemic relief programs beginning Monday.(WTVG)
Published: Oct. 30, 2020 at 10:48 AM EDT
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVG) - Ohioans can begin to apply for pandemic relief programs at 10 a.m. Monday. These programs are geared to help small businesses, bars and restaurants, and Ohioans affected by COVID-19.

For more information on each program, visit BusinessHelp.Ohio.Gov.

The Small Business Relief Grant provides $125 million for grants to small businesses with no more than 25 employees. Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

To ensure the grants are spread throughout the state, $500,000 will be set aside for businesses in each of Ohio’s 88 counties. When a county’s allocation is depleted, businesses in that county will be eligible to receive grants from the remaining funds in the overall grant program.

The administration has designated $38.7 million for the Bar and Restaurant Assistance Fund for those permit holders who haven’t been able to fully use their liquor permit. Businesses with an on-premise consumption permit through the Ohio Department of Commerce will be eligible to receive $2,500 per unique business location. Businesses need to have an active on-premise permit as of close of business October 23.

The Development Services Agency also will allocate $50 million to 47 Community Action Agencies to provide rent, mortgage, and water and/or sewer assistance to Ohioans in need. The Home Relief Grant will help eligible Ohioans pay outstanding rent, mortgage, and water and/or sewer utilities to avoid shutoff, foreclosure, or eviction.

Ohio households behind on their bills with an annual income at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines will be eligible for assistance. For a family of four, that is an annual income up to $52,400.

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