Orange County to let even more small businesses hurt by pandemic apply for grants

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Orange County will allow more companies hurt financially by the coronavirus pandemic to apply for its small business grant program, said Mayor Jerry Demings at a July 30 press briefing.

County commissioners approved criteria to allow for micro-grants of $1,000-$3,000 for home-based businesses with three or less employees that previously weren't eligible. The grant program — made possible by funding from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act — previously provided just one-time payments of $10,000 to small businesses with 100 or less employees.

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Another change was that those who got up to $75,000 in U.S. Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program loans now are eligible for the $10,000 grants. The previous limit for eligibility was for those who received up to $50,000 in PPP funds

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