Montgomery County received an initial allotment of $92.77 million in CARES Act funding from the U.S. Treasury. County commissioners created the temporary Office of CARES Act and named Marvene Mitchell-Cook as director to manage and distribute the funds.
Eligibility requirements for the housing program are being firmed up and the program is set to launch following commission approval Tuesday. The nonprofit and education programs are still under development, according to the county.
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While the county continues to update its budget, as of last week federal stimulus money was allocated in these areas:
• Small businesses, $40 million
• Housing, $10 million
• Education, $7 million
• Agricultural, $5 million
• Public health, $5 million
• Montgomery County, $25.77 million
The county’s portion is a miscellaneous allocation to be redistributed to cover other expenses or needs as they arise, said Brianna Wooten, the county’s communications director.
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Last month, the county started taking applications to distribute relief grants of up to $10,000 to small businesses. That program had received more than 330 applications as of last week, according to the county. About half came from minority-owned businesses and roughly two-thirds of the applicants were located within Dayton, according to program records.
Montgomery County has about 17,000 small businesses and the county expects between 5,000 and 10,000 applicants. Businesses that have already received federal Paycheck Protection Program assistance are not eligible for the county program, Mitchell-Cook said.
While the county has yet to release detailed eligibility criteria, people can visit the county's CARES Act portal at https://mcobiz.com/cares-grants/ to sign up to receive notifications about the programs and apply when they are launched. Small businesses can also apply for those grants at the same site.