It is the intent of the Columbia County Commissioners to provide qualifying small businesses a grant to assist in covering the business' operating expenses incurred in 2021. Operating expenses include but are not limited to: payroll, rent, mortgage, utilities, costs of goods, supplies, raw materials, etc. Grant proceeds may not be used to acquire another business entity. $1,250,000 will be made available for the Columbia County Commissioners Small Business Grant.
Grants will be awarded on a first come, first served basis until all grant funds are awarded. Grants are to be awarded in $4,000 increments. No awarded grant will exceed $40,000.
Timeline of the Grant Process
- August 16, 2021: Media release via County Website, Chamber of Commerce, SBDC, print media, radio PSAs, Visitors' Bureau, etc.
- September 1, 2021: Community Giving Foundation, through the grant website, will begin receiving applications on a rolling basis and continue until the county's funds are exhausted.
- Harry Mathias will provide a list of eligible business applications received up to that point for each Columbia County Commissioners meeting during which the Commissioners will vote to approve payment. At that point, eligible buisnesses will be notified of grant approval and asked to fill out the grant contract. Payment will be made only after receiving a signed contract from the business.