Businesses throughout Hamilton County now have access to a $250,000 pot of money dedicated to helping them weather the COVID-19 shutdown.

Hamilton County’s councilors and commissioners established the Hamilton County Stabilization Fund on Monday to provide businesses with up to $10,000 in grants for payroll, utilities, rent, mortgage payments, insurance, other services and materials directly tied to products that business sells.

Eligible businesses must apply for the needs-based assistance through the Hamilton County website by the close of business on Friday, May 22. Criteria for the grants is listed on the site.

“The grants are meant to help small businesses hit hard by government-mandated shutdowns,” Councilman Fred Glynn said in a written statement. “Fortunately, because county government is managed in a fiscally responsible manner, we are able to invest back in our community in times of crisis.”

Grants recipients will be notified during the week of May 25th, and payments will be distributed before June 9.

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