City uses grant to expand support program for disrupted businesses

Edwardsville Mayor Hal Patton says the city has expanded its Economic Support Grant Program for businesses that have experienced significant disruption or temporary closure attributable to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The list now include retail, personal service, medical providers, tourism, and hospitality businesses (excluding home occupations), in addition to bars and restaurants.

The economic support grants reimburse costs associated with the purchase of personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies necessary to comply with prevention directives instituted in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

“The program is funded by a grant the city received from the State of Illinois, Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity,” said Patton. “It is a small way that we can assist our businesses who have suffered greatly during this time.”

Eligible Reimbursable Costs are defined as those incurred between March 1, 2020, and Dec. 31, 2020, and include personal protective equipment purchased for the use of employees and/or customers including Plexiglas barriers, facemask, and rubber gloves, and cleaning supplies and/or services necessary to comply with the prevention directives instituted in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Applications are available on the city’s website – https://www.cityofedwardsville.com/613/Economic-Support-Grant-Program – or by calling (618) 692-7533.

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