Stevens County Coordinator Rebecca Young.

The Stevens County Board of Commissioners at their regular meeting on Tuesday approved dozens of CARES grants to local businesses and non-profits affected negatively by the pandemic and efforts to stop its spread. County Coordinator Rebecca Young told the KMRS Community Connection that the County received quite a few applications, showing the tremendous financial hit COVID has taken on the local level.

“There was 35 business applicants and there was 19 non-profit applicants and 42 applications were approved today (September 15),” Young noted. “So those that were disqualified were disqualified for not meeting the income loss, for maybe having unpaid liens or taxes, or not having expenses that qualified.”

A second round of CARES grants with a smaller pool of money is now available and taking applications. Young said those who were disqualified in the first round should take a second look at their financials to see if they now qualify. Businesses or non-profits who suffered losses greater than $10,000 can also apply in this second round.

In addition, the Board also approved a separate pool of money for businesses and non-profits that needed to get Personal Prtotective Equipment to stay in operation, such as masks, gowns, gloves or plexiglass barriers. Those grant applications are being accepted through October 20. Contact the Stevens County offices or its website for details.

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