The City of Statesboro launches $75,000 program to support local businesses

The City of Statesboro is pleased to announce grant applications are now available to local small business owners who have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The $75,000 relief fund established by Statesboro’s Mayor and City Council will be administered by Georgia Southern University’s Business Innovation Group (BIG). The maximum amount of assistance available to qualifying business owners is up to $5,000.00. Applications will be accepted from November 2, 2020, through November 13, 2020, at 5:00 p.m.

The small business relief fund is just one of three funds created by Statesboro’s Mayor and City Council to provide relief to its citizens amidst the ongoing pandemic. During its regularly scheduled council meeting on October 20, 2020, the Statesboro City Council voted to establish a $250,000.00 COVID relief program. The program is being funded by federal CARES ACT funds the City of Statesboro received in August 2020 and will benefit the small business fund, rental/mortgage fund, and utility assistance fund. Applications for rental, mortgage, and utility assistance will be available on Monday, November 9.

Of the $250,000.00 allocated for the relief program, $75,000.00 has been designated for small business assistance, $100,000.00 for rental/mortgage assistance,  and $75,000.00 for utility assistance. For more information regarding how to apply for COVID-19 relief assistance, visit Eligible applicants must be residents of the City of Statesboro and will be required to meet certain criteria to be considered for assistance.