Plumas County’s small businesses can apply to receive up to $50,000 in grant funds, but the window to do so is closing — July 31 is the deadline to apply. The county has $409,000 in funding available, with only eight applications received thus far.
“Should someone feel that they aren’t qualified, we will review your information,” said Planning Director Tracey Ferguson, who is managing the program for the county. She said her office will also help individuals with the application process.
The Microenterprise Business Assistance and Recovery Grant Program is made possible with CARES Act funding — the federal COVID relief program. To promote economic stability and to assist with eligible business expenses, the program offers grants up to $50,000 per microenterprise business. For this purpose, microenterprise business is defined as a commercial enterprise that has five or fewer employees, one or more of whom owns the business.
Eligible uses of grant funds include reimbursement of costs for the following business activities incurred during the period that begins on March 13, 2020, and ends on May 11, 2023 (duration of the national disaster declaration COVID-19 Public Health Emergency):
- Reimbursement for up to 3 months of commercial lease or mortgage payments
- Reimbursement for up to one year of payroll (not including owner[s] salary) for LMI-eligible jobs (i.e., wage rates not to exceed $26.82/hour)
- Reimbursement for up to 3 months of utility payments
- Reimbursement for expenses related to supporting operational needs to address COVID-19 requirements for opening and operating (e.g., personal protective equipment and supplies, items related to public health and safety, and temporary distancing measures, or movable equipment)
The Program Guidelines and Application can be found on the County’s website: