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Richmond finalizing grant program for businesses damaged during civil unrest

Posted at 11:53 AM, Aug 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-10 11:53:54-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Two months after an initial night of rioting left numerous downtown businesses vandalized and boarded up for weeks, financial assistance specific to their ordeal, and others since then, appears to be on the way.

In a meeting this afternoon, Richmond City Council is slated to approve a $500,000 grant program tailored to helping businesses and property owners that sustained financial losses from recent civil unrest that has occurred since the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

The following weekend in Richmond, multiple downtown storefronts were damaged in a night of violence that followed peaceful protests earlier in the day. Many businesses there and elsewhere in the city remain closed or boarded up due to damage sustained or to prevent potential damage as demonstrations have continued.

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