Grant applications open Monday to help small businesses with utilities

Posted at 4:22 AM, Oct 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-05 07:22:16-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — A new grant program is opening Monday to help small businesses with utilities.

Tucson Mayor Regina Romero and the City Council approved $1 million in CARES funds to support the new program.

In a release, it says eligible businesses must have faced economic hardship as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency. Preference will be given to small businesses that did not receive assistance from other programs and to woman-owned, minority-owned, veteran-owned, disabled-owned, and otherwise disadvantaged groups to increase the equitable dispersion of grant funds throughout the City of Tucson.

“Small businesses are at the heart of our economy and many have had to make tough financial decisions to keep operations going during the pandemic,” said Mayor Regina Romero. “Providing aid to pay outstanding utility bills can help alleviate some of the stress of running a business during this challenging time and allow business owners to keep serving our community.”

Businesses with less than 50 employees within the City of Tucson or City of South Tucson can apply. The grants will provide up to $4,000 to pay electric, water, and gas/sewer/trash utility bills. The grant will not cover cable and telephone bills.

Applications will be available starting at 1 p.m. on October 5th. You can apply by clicking here.