Locally owned independent businesses in Grandview can apply for a new round of pandemic relief.
Grandview will distribute $150,000 to small businesses through the federal American Rescue Plan Act. Businesses can apply for grants of up to $10,000.
Grandview Mayor Gloria Mendoza said the funds showed the city’s support for its businesses and to build connections between city government, businesses and community members. She said the city received six applications on the first day.
“It’s an exciting time for businesses,” Mendoza said. “We’re glad people are taking advantage of these opportunities.”
Small businesses adversely affected by the pandemic are eligible, according to program guidelines. Some of the negative impacts listed are reduced revenue, financial uncertainty, challenges covering operating costs and rising costs, among others.
Mendoza said City Council members carefully crafted the criteria businesses must meet. Must have fewer than 30 employees, including the owner. Businesses must be licensed to do business in Grandview and located in Grandview. They should not face any court process or legal action. Interested businesses cannot be franchises and must have been operating since May 2022.
However, Mendoza anticipates a difficult selection process.
“It won’t be easy, I can tell you that,” she said.
Grant winners will ultimately be selected by the Yakima County Development Association, Mendoza said. Grandview City Government will collect applications and advertise, but YCDA will provide a neutral final review. Mendoza said the city has worked with YCDA to distribute ARPA funds in the past.
Mendoza wants to see the program grow if community interest remains high.
“We know the pandemic was tough,” she said. “We know they worked through it and reopened the doors to the community.”
The mayor added that the city has taken its time to put this process together. ARPA was approved in March 2021. City officials sent out a survey to residents to find out how best to use the $3 million in funding. Mendoza said small business owners noted their widespread need for rent and mortgage assistance and staffing assistance, which prompted Grandview’s decision to create these grants.
Small businesses have until 17:00 on October 10 to apply. Applications are available online can be delivered in person at Grandview City Hall or emailed to City Treasurer Matthew Cordray at firstname.lastname@example.org.