Help may be available for businesses impacted by the pandemic

The Patrick County Economic Development Authority (EDA) is informing businesses about resources that are available to help during the pandemic.

The Patrick County Small Business Relief Program is among those potential resources.  

As of August 18, 2020, the EDA was approved to administer the Small Business Relief Fund — a grant program that was created to help businesses that have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sept. 30, 2020 is the due date for the first round of applications, with grant funds made available to small businesses of 50 or fewer employees.

The Patrick County Board of Supervisors allocated $300,000 to the program, using funds from the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CARES Act).

The following links provide direct access to the application:

Online Application – https://forms.gle/BiaF6RZYYAyxr7DS8 

PDF & Word Applications w/ support documents  – https://www.co.patrick.va.us/ 

Regional Resources

The EDA also has been working with the Southern Virginia Regional Alliance to prepare a Regional Recovery Plan using Guidance from State and Federal Regulations and Best Practices to Support Business Recovery. The complete plan can be found at: SoVA COVID-19 Recovery Plan

The Southern Virginia Regional Alliance (SVRA) and Virginia’s Growth Alliance (VGA) have created the Bridge to Recovery program to support the GO Virginia Region 3 service area as it recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

GO Virginia State Board approved $925,000 for Bridge to Recovery to provide immediate and impactful support to businesses through the multiple recovery periods of the pandemic and bridge supply chain needs of companies with service providers.

The program’s vision is to ensure the support is immediate, that it deploys the GO Virginia contributions to work inside the region and that it makes a lasting impact on the businesses it supports. The funds will be leveraged by organizational match with potential for public and private sector contributions and will provide support to businesses located within all localities in GO Virginia Region 3. The program information and application is here:  https://sovabridgetorecovery.com/bridge-to-recovery-home

The Patrick County EDA continues to build an online email database to better handle and distribute information. Sign up for the newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gYsqoT.

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