Erie officials have awarded $300,000 to 44 businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Erie Town Administrator Malcolm Fleming wrote in his weekly email the town had awarded 44 businesses $300,000 in $5,000 and $10,000 small business emergency relief grants.
Erie Economic Development Director Ben Pratt said the program opened the first week of April, and by the end of the first week of May the town received more than 70 applications.
“The goal of this grant program was to provide bridge funding until businesses were able to connect and receive state and federal resources,” Pratt said in a statement. “While we are proud that we were able to come to the aid of many businesses, we know that there are many businesses still in need of assistance.”
Grants ranged from $5,000 for businesses with two to 10 employees, and $10,000 for employees with 11 or more employees.
Pratt said businesses should reach out to the Erie Economic Development Department by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to be connected to available programs, resources and solutions.