The Gloucester County Board of Supervisors has allocated $512,000 in CARES Act funding to assist Gloucester businesses adversely impacted by COVID-19. Funding is available to help businesses in the community cover increased costs associated with new health and safety requirements, as outlined in the Governor’s recent Executive Orders.
The grant program, “Back to Business Middle Peninsula,” is being administered by the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission in coordination with Gloucester County and the Gloucester County Economic Development Authority. It is specifically designed to facilitate reimbursement of costs incurred by local businesses as they have made investments to change business practices in response to the pandemic. The program is not intended to cover the normal costs of business operations.
Gloucester County’s Board of Supervisors took an extra step to provide special funding for a Mortgage and Rent Assistance Program in support of businesses that may be facing foreclosure or eviction due to the financial impacts of COVID-19, as an added program element applicable to Gloucester County businesses only. “We are pleased that the County was able to be a part of this regional effort and we are thrilled that the Board of Supervisors took the extra step to provide mortgage and rent assistance for our local businesses as part of the effort,” said Sherry Spring, Gloucester’s Economic Development Director. “Since day one of this pandemic, it has been our goal to do what we can to help keep our businesses afloat.” “Our Board of Supervisors made it apparent early on that it wanted to find tangible ways to help residents and businesses during this time of extreme uncertainty,” added Brent Fedors, Gloucester’s County Administrator. “This is another big step toward fulfilling that mission.”
A special website has been set up, detailing how businesses can apply for both the regional COVID-19 expense reimbursement program and Gloucester’s business Mortgage and Rent Assistance Program: https://www.b2bmidpen.com/. If you have questions about the programs, or if you need support in filling out the application, contact the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission at 804-758-2311 or e-mail Dawn Mantell at firstname.lastname@example.org. Printed copies of the applications can also be provided by calling the number above.