County Executive Latimer Introduces Covid Aid Grants to Businesses Under 99 Employees…up to $49,000 . Rehiring Employees, Re-Equipping Business to Protect Against Covid the Focus. 200 Businesses Estimated to be Helped. Applications Available Monday

WPCNR COUNTY CLARION-LEDGER. From the Westchester County Department of Communications. September 17, 2020:

Westchester County Executive George Latimer announced a $10 million funding initiative yesterday to support small businesses and nonprofits facing challenges due to COVID-19. Westchester County Business FIRST: Financial Investments for Recovery and a Sustainable Tomorrow is a new grant program designed to offer immediate financial relief to organizations in Westchester County that have been negatively impacted by the pandemic.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer gets to the nitty gritty of Westchester “Recovery” introducing Business FIRST

Applications will be accepted from September 21 through September 30, 2020 at https://westchestercatalyst.com/business-FIRST-programs/

Bridget Gibbons, Westchester County Director of Economic Development gives details of the program.

To be eligible, organizations must be in good standing with Westchester County and are required to demonstrate revenue losses of at least 25% from March 7, 2020 to present due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The applicant must establish that the organization was a financially viable operation prior to March 7, 2020, the date Governor Andrew Cuomo signed Executive Order 202 declaring a disaster emergency. The organization must have been open as of Feb. 1, 2020, currently be in operation, or closed temporarily and plan to reopen for business in 2020.

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