Independent, locally owned businesses in Grandview can apply for a new round of pandemic-related assistance.
Grandview will distribute $150,000 to small businesses through the US Federal Bailout Act. Companies can apply for grants of up to $10,000.
Grandview Mayor Gloria Mendoza said the funds showed the city’s support for its business and for building links between the city government, businesses and community members. She said the city received six applications on the first day.
“It’s an exciting time for business,” Mendoza said. “We are happy that people are taking advantage of these opportunities.”
According to the program’s guidelines, small businesses that have been negatively affected by the pandemic are eligible. Some of the negative impacts listed are lower revenue, financial insecurity, challenges covering operating costs and increased costs, among others.
Mendoza said city council members have carefully set out the standards that businesses must meet. The number of employees must be less than 30, including the owner. Corporations must be licensed to do business in Grandview and located in Grandview. They must not face any suit or legal action. Interested companies cannot be a franchise and must be in operation since May 2022.
However, Mendoza expects the selection process to be difficult.
“It won’t be easy,” she said, “I can tell you.”
The grant winners will ultimately be selected by the Yakima Prefectural Development Association, Mendoza said. The Grandview City Government will collect and announce the applications, but the YCDA will ensure a final, impartial review. Mendoza said the city has worked with the YCDA to distribute ARPA funds in the past.
Mendoza wants to see the program grow if community interest remains high.
“We know the pandemic has been tough,” she said. “We know they worked through it and reopened the doors to the community.”
The mayor added that the city has taken time to prepare this process. The ARPA passed in March of 2021. City officials sent out a survey to residents to find out how the $3 million in funds would best be used. Mendoza said small business owners indicated their widespread need for rent, mortgage and employee assistance, which prompted Grandview’s decision to create these grants.
Small businesses have until 5 p.m. October 10 to apply. Applications Available online and can be delivered in person to Grandview City Hall or emailed to City Treasurer Matthew Cordray at firstname.lastname@example.org.