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Posted on: January 21, 2022

City of Roanoke Partners with Freedom First to Bring CDBG-CV Grants to Local Microbusinesses

ln response to the economic hardships experienced by microbusinesses resulting from the COVlD-19 pandemic, the City, in partnership with Freedom First, is launching a small business relief grant program utilizing the Community Development Block Grant - Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) federal funding. 

This is a grant program created in response to businesses that are at-risk of closing or laying off employees due to COVID-19, and its goal is to keep businesses open and retain or create jobs in the City.

To be eligible to receive a CDBG-CV Small Business Relief Grant, the business must be a for-profit small business in the City that will create and/or retain jobs for low-to-moderate income people in our region. CDBG-CV Small Business Relief Grants can be used to pay for a limited scope of expenses, such as:

  • Working capital such as wages, utilities, rent, etc.
  • Costs to comply with COVID-19 related CDC standards
  • Other costs that will enable the business to reopen (as outlined in the program qualifications)

Applications and further details can be found at Completed applications and program questions should be emailed to [email protected] by 4 p.m. on June 1, 2022, or when funds are exhausted.


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