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Commissioners award over $500,000 in CARES Act funding

Over $500,000 in federal COVID-19 relief CARES Act funding has been approved for local businesses and non-profit organizations as a result of action taken by the Warren County Commissioners during Wednesday’s meeting.

The action was to approve a total of $539,351 in funding through the Warren-SBG (small business grant) program.

The county received about $3.5 million in CARES Act funding from the state and roughly $2.5 will go out to businesses and non-profits in the community.

Jim Decker, president/CEO of the Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry, said that a total of 39 applications were received in round two of the program totaling $1.475 million. Roughly $900,000 of that total was deemed to be eligible for reimbursement and he said 27 entities were recommended for awards.

“(We) wanted to make sure we are able to help as many businesses to the greatest extent possible,” he said.

Commissioner Jeff Eggleston called it “gratifying” to be able to assist these entities weather the storm.

A full story, with a list of the awardees, will be in Thursday’s Times Observer.

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