Stevens County has money for local businesses and non-profits available from the federal CARES Act, but the deadline for the grants is coming up. Stevens County Coordinator Rebecca Young told the KMRS Community Connection that seven county businesses have applied for the grants so far and she encouraged interested parties to apply sooner rather than later.

“It does end September 1st at 4:00 p.m. I would encourage people not to wait to the last minute to get their documents in,” said Young. “We’ve seen a lot of incomplete applications and we’ve had to go back for information from folks. So it’s very important that they get that application in as soon as possible so we can start reviewing it and ensuring they have all the documents they need to process that.”

The grants do not need to be paid back, but entities need to prove they had a business interruption due to COVID regulations.

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            At their Tuesday meeting, the Stevens County Board of Commissioners agreed to give county schools a share of the CARES Act money, but at roughly 50 percent of the amount the school districts requested. The monies would be used for things like purchasing more laptops to handle the increase in distance learning, purchasing personal protective equipment, and installing other health and safety measures. The Morris School District will receive $25,000, Chokio-Alberta will receive $20,000, St. Mary’s Catholic School will get $20,000 and Hancock Schools $10,000.

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