Summit County Obtains Grant To Aid Business
Summit County has received funding through the Rural County Grant program, which will be channeled into two initiatives to help local business.
The county’s Economic Development Advisory Board voted at their recent meeting to get the application process started.
The board members heard from Summit County Economic Development Director Jeff Jones, who said they had applied September 1st, and received a grant of $95,000.
He said the grant will go into two programs. One will give aid to East Side businesses.
The second is for the West Side, for what Jones called Outdoor Services Grants. Jones said the idea is to help businesses in the upcoming winter months.
“It could be like, for example, a restaurant owner that has some area that they could potentially secure for outside patio space, whether that’s public right-of-way that they’re able to work with the local jurisdiction on, or if it’s private ground that they could extend tables out there, put some sort of tenting material over the outside area with warmers. Then that would be an eligible project.”
Jones said one idea used in Colorado was converting gondola cars into spaces for patio seating, each car with heat and ventilation.
Jones said the grant recipients have to provide a 40 percent match; they have to get a permit for their operation from their respective city or county jurisdiction; and they have to track the spending of the grant.
The Advisory Board voted to direct county staff to prepare a funding guide; work up an application process; and prepare a timeline.
Jones said he would get a draft application to the Board in the next few days. He said he would like to dispense the grants by the end of the year.