GREENVILLE – In a special session broadcast on Facebook Live Tuesday evening, Greenville City Council approved legislation to provide funds to assist small businesses in the Treaty City.
The legislation provides funding to Greenville’s Community Improvement Corporation (CIC). A special committee of CIC members will be in charge of distributing funds to aid small businesses (fewer than 50 employees) within the city which have suffered loss of business caused by the Coronavirus.
Greenville Mayor Steve Willman told council that the committee has already received 62 applications for the Covid-19 Small Business Emergency Grant Fund.
He further told council that part of the city’s funding for the initiative would come from cancellation of the city’s July 4 fireworks. The city’s annual portion for fireworks is $11,000. Willman said he has approached fireworks sponsors to ask if they would contribute to the CIC fund instead, and has thus far been able to obtain pledges for $5,400.
“Since we’re postponing and canceling quite a few events, (I hope) that we could get $4,000 from the community events fund,” added Willman.
In addition, funds formerly earmarked for various community entities will be transferred for use in the special fund, including $5,000 from Mainstreet Greenville; $5,000 from Darke County Visitors Bureau; and $5,000 from Economic Development.
With CIC itself contributing $10,000 to the fund, the amount thus far allocated to the special fund is approximately $45,400 – short of the $60,000 Willman stated he hoped to reach during last week’s regular council meeting.
For further information on the Small Business Emergency Grant Fund, go to the City of Greenville website at www.cityofgreenville.org and click on the “Covid-19 Resources” link.
Erik Martin may be reached by phone at 937-569-4312 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org