Leveraging $200,000 of ARPA funds to invest in COVID-19 Recovery Grants; Online Application Opens April 18th.
Town Supervisor Ciaran Hanna today announced the creation of the Town of Perinton Recovery Grant Program (RGP), dedicating $200,000 to assist local small businesses and non-profits with COVID-19 related expenses and recovery assistance. Supervisor Hanna directed a portion of the Town’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) economic stimulus and recovery funds to establish the RGP. The program will provide approved applicants up to $7,500. The Town has partnered with the Fairport Foundation, a 501(c)3 established in 2011 to support the Fairport Perinton business community, to administer the program and evaluate applications.
“I am thrilled to announce a commitment of $200,000 to support the recovery and revitalization of Perinton’s small businesses and non-profits who provide vital services essential to our community’s success,” said Hanna. “Times are tough for small businesses; many were hit hard by the pandemic and have struggled to recover. Supporting those small businesses in their revitalization efforts is a top priority. We are looking to help business owners keep their doors open, protect local jobs, support community recovery, and increase the resiliency of businesses in the Town and Village. I urge all who qualify to submit their application by May 16th so they can access this funding.”
The program application will launch online on Monday, April 18, 2022. Local businesses and non-profits should plan to include an expense summary, plans for the next year, and tell the story of their recovery experience over the past two years. A committee organized by the Fairport Foundation will score applicants based on revenue impacts, pivot procedures and future plans.
The deadline to apply is Monday, May 16, 2022. Awards will be announced and dispersed in June of this year.
RGP Eligibility Requirements:
- Currently own and operate a small business or non-profit within the limits of the Town of Perinton.
- Business/Organization established before March 1, 2021.
- Business has 100 or fewer employees and is independently owned and operated (Small Business as defined in Section 131 of the Economic Development Law, NY).
- Have incurred unexpected expenses since March 1, 2020, due to COVID-19.
- Have experienced a loss in revenue due to COVID-19.