Grants are based on need, said Foundation President Greg Bell.
“We’re trying to look at rent, utilities, medical, employees that they’re trying to keep on, if we can keep them afloat for three months,” Bell said.
A Taste of Wine co-owner Chris Holloway, said receiving the grant money was “fantastic” and will help him retain employees at his business, which offers a selection of wine and beer, plus live entertainment.
“It’s a godsend to have somebody willing to support and is interested in supporting the smaller businesses,” Holloway said. “This is a tough time for everybody and many times people have asked me how business is going and it’s not going great right now, but at least my doors are open. It’s because of things like this and people like them who have stepped up and helped us.”
Mz. Pickles Sandwich Shop owner Carol Brassington said she was about to shut down her small shop of nearly 10 years when she received the grant money.
“I was thrilled,” Brassington said. “It’s going to keep me alive until spring.”
For the foundation, which started with “zero money and just a little bit of momentum,” the $100,000 donation to establish the restaurant rescue fund was its largest single donation.
Contributions to the fund now exceed $135,000. Local restaurants seeking assistance can submit applications for direct grants from the fund starting today. Applications can be obtained by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. Any money leftover may be included as part of a possible third round of grants.
The foundation is seeking additional tax-deductible contributions from individuals, businesses and foundations at www.miamisburgcommunityfoundation.org/donate.