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City has COVID grants for businesses

Fort St. John businesses can apply for a $500 city grant to help cover their costs to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Fort St. John businesses can apply for a $500 city grant to help cover their costs to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic.

Eligible expenses include personal protective equipment, safety equipment and signage, physical barriers, or other costs needed to comply with provincial health orders and new WorkSafe BC regulations, the city says.

“Fort St. John relies on our local businesses and non-profit agencies to create a strong community, and COVID-19 has severely impacted their operations,” Mayor Lori Ackerman said in a statement.

“Through the Mayor’s Standing Committee on Community Economic Recovery, we will continue to work to ensure our community thrives well into the future.”

Businesses must be licensed with the city to qualify. They will also be required to submit receipts and pictures to support their application.

There is up to $40,000 in grants available, with funding coming through business licence revenue, and matching dollars from the Northern Development Initiative Trust. 

Applications open at 9 a.m. on June 25. Details can be found on the city's website.

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.