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Time is running out to apply for LISC rural relief small business grants

Updated: Jan. 1, 2021 at 5:15 PM EST
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -The LISC-Lowe’s Rural Relief Small Business Grants program deadline of Tuesday, January 5 is fast approaching.

Small Businesses in rural counties with populations of less than 50,000 are eligible, which excludes Albemarle county but does include those counties surrounding it, including Greene, Louisa, Fluvanna, and Nelson.

The grants of $5,000 to $20,000 is meant for small businesses suffering as a result of COVID-19, and the funds are meant to be used for payables like rent, utilities, payroll, and debt to vendors among others.

Rebecca Haydock with the Central Virginia Small Business Development Center says the application is easy to complete, requiring only basic business information.

“As long as they can show that they have suffered as a result of covid-19 they are eligible and it is an excellent idea to look into every Grant and financial option that is out there,” says Rebecca Haydock director of Central Virginia Small Business Development Center

Professional grant writing assistance will not increase the chances of selection.

The announcement for those who will be awarded the grants will be made on January 22.

LISC Grants give priority to entrepreneurs of color, women- and veteran-owned businesses and other enterprises in historically under-served places who don’t have access to flexible, affordable capital.

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