Pittsylvania County receives $330K small business assistance grant

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PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – Pittsylvania County has announced it is the recipient of a small business assistance grant from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development.

The Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution Tuesday night which is a requirement for the grant contract to be formalized.

“Since many businesses in Pittsylvania County have experienced negative consequences from COVID-19, we are thrilled to be able to offer this program to keep them running.”

Susan McCulloch, project manager for Pittsylvania County Economic Development

Grants will be awarded at a maximum of $15,000 with up to $10,000 toward rental/mortgage assistance and up to $5,000 for retooling and the purchase of personal protective equipment.

Funds will allow as many as 20 county businesses to pay bills, become more efficient, reopen safely, retain existing staff or fill vacancies.

Businesses can apply to request funding to cover past expenses during the pandemic or to cover the future cost in Pittsylvania County as well as the towns of Chatham, Gretna and Hurt.

A total of $30,000 of the full grant will be utilized to administer the program. Several other localities including the Town of South Boston and Halifax County are also receiving grant assistance through the same program.

Officials with Pittsylvania County are working to finalize the terms with the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development and develop a matrix for scoring applications as they are received.

Additional details will be announced in the coming weeks.

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