Powhatan County announces new round COVID-19 relief grants

Posted at 4:59 PM, Oct 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-23 17:00:35-04

POHWATAN COUNTY, Va. -- As we continue to rebound during the pandemic, businesses continue to figure out how to pivot while keeping their doors open.

Mark Benusa with Fine Creek Brewing Company in Powhatan tells CBS 6, once they were able to open back up, business has been doing okay.

"Right now currently versus where it was in the beginning is very different for us," said Benusa. "We have a lot of space outside. We have managed to stay pretty busy during the weekends. So we're doing a lot of little meeting events and kind of spreading everything out as much as we can."

In an effort to help those still in need, Powhatan county recently announced they were beginning to accept applications for round two for COVID-19 relief grants.

Benusa says they were unable to utilize grants the first time, for various reasons. However, he says it will be a big help in keeping other businesses open.

"I know they want that to get out there to the hands and to keep employees and to keep things running... Powhatan is a small county and every business makes a big impact for this county. It's a big impact to the county for sure and I know they have been very supportive in wanting to see us succeed. We've felt support," said Benusa.

Applications are open until November 2.

To be eligible, you would need to show proof of your business being negatively impacted by the pandemic.

This second round of COVID-19 relief grants has been broken into two categories.

1. Business with 10-25 employees and makes a minimum of $500,000 in revenue a year.

2. Businesses that have nine or less employees and makes less than $500,000 a year.

Applicants need to fill out an interest form to apply.

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