Genesee CARES Funding Awarded to 22 Small Businesses in Genesee County
Thursday, April 7: Genesee County has awarded 22 local businesses $875,000 through the Genesee CARES Business Recovery Fund. For-profit businesses with 25 or less employees who experienced adverse economic impacts due to the COVID pandemic were eligible to receive funding.
Genesee CARES awards will support investments related to employment restoration, job hiring, outdoor dining development, working capital, and business resiliency. The program was funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). This program was based on a first come first serve basis.
“The COVID pandemic took a heavy toll on our small businesses and the Genesee CARES program funding will help many of them start the process of recovering,” said County Manager, Matt Landers. “With most mandates lifted and warmer weather on the way we urge County residents to get out and support our small business community.”
“Small businesses are the backbone of our communities and our micropolitan economy,” said Don Cunningham, Chairman of Genesee Gateway Local Development Corporation which administered the program. “The Genesee CARES initiative demonstrates the strong collaboration among various public sector entities to support the private sector from business downturns experienced during the pandemic.”
All questions regarding this program should be submitted by email to The Harrison Studio's Michael Zimmerman with the subject "Genesee CARES Business Recovery Fund".
This program is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), a public Law making $5 billion in supplemental Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding available for Funds to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus (CDBG-CV). These funds are available to business owners without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, familial status, handicapped or marital status. Funds are provided on a first-come, first-served basis.