Response to COVID-19

The ACEDC and our partners understand that many businesses are feeling the economic implications of COVID-19 and may need assistance in navigating through financial challenges caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic. In response, the Athens County Economic Development Council, Athens Area Chamber of Commerce and Athens County Convention & Visitors Bureau have created a resource guide to help area businesses navigate these financial challenges. The resource guide categorizes assistance into three priority focus areas: 1) Resources, 2) Relief, 3) Rebound.

The ACEDC has been in frequent communication with other local, state, and regional economic development entities regarding this matter and will update this document as new assistance programs and resources become available.


USDA GRANT APPLICATIONS FOR RURAL BUSINESSES

Application Deadlines and Requirements for Section 313A Guarantees for Bonds and Notes Issued for Utility Infrastructure Purposes (April 1, 2021)  https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2021-04-01/pdf/2021-06675.pdf

Rural Business Development Grant Program To Provide Technical Assistance for Rural Transportation Systems (April 1, 2021) https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2021-04-01/pdf/2021-06703.pdf

Strategic Economic and Community Development (January 11, 2021)  FY21 application; to be awarded starting June 30:  https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2021-01-11/pdf/2021-00234.pdf

For assistance applying for this funding, reach out to your local Small Business Development Center: https://sbdc.ohio.edu/contact/

Telephone: 740-593-1797


U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION RESTAURANT REVITILIZATION FUND

Applications open for this program on May 3rd at 12pm EST.

Athens County restaurants, bars, and other qualifying businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19 are eligible for this program which provides emergency assistance.  This program will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as funds are used for eligible uses no later than March 11, 2023.

For assistance applying for this funding, reach out to your local Small Business Development Center: https://sbdc.ohio.edu/contact/

Telephone: 740-593-1797

For more information about this program: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/covid-19-relief-options/restaurant-revitalization-fund


Athens County Resources for Businesses Impacted by COVID