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COVID-19 assistance available for small businesses in Decatur

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Small businesses in Decatur will be able to apply for the Small Business Loan/Grant Assistance Program starting on Wednesday, February 16, 2022.  The City of Decatur, the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce, and the Decatur-Morgan County Entrepreneurial Center are partnering to offer the opportunity for local businesses impacted by COVID-19 to apply for a zero-interest loan of up to $20,000, with the potential of having the loan forgiven in 12 months. The funds can be used to cover administrative costs including utilities, rent, mortgage payments, or payroll.

A total of $150,000 will be available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The City of Decatur's Community Development Department secured those funds. In 2020, 20 small businesses were funded through these efforts, and, last year, an additional 25 small businesses benefited from the program.

Eligible businesses include those with less than 25 employees. The businesses must have been in operation for at least one year prior to March 13, 2020 – the day Governor Kay Ivey issued the first State of Emergency for COVID-19. In order to qualify for assistance, either the business owner or more than 51 percent of the employees must qualify as receiving a low or moderate income.

“From supply chain issues to soaring prices for raw materials and goods, the past few years have been very trying for all of our small businesses. We are so thankful for the perseverance and resolve that our small businesses have shown during this time, and we want to help them in any way we can,” says City of Decatur Grant Administrator Susanne Taylor.

Starting on February 16, click here to apply online or pick up a packet at Decatur City Hall or the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce. All businesses must complete and submit a W-9 form as part of the application process. Packets will include a forgiveness provision where if the business sustains the same number of employees after 12 months, the loan will be forgiven.

Applications must be received by Friday, March 25, 2022. For more information or questions, please contact the City of Decatur’s Community Development Department at (256) 341-4960.


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