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Posted on: September 3, 2020

Local Loan & Grant Applications for Athens-Clarke County Small Businesses Open Sept. 8

Local Loan & Grant Applications for Athens-Clarke County Small Businesses Open Sept. 8

Funded through the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government (ACCGov) and the federal CARES Act, the Joint Development Authority (JDA) of the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County and the City of Winterville and the Northeast Georgia Business Alliance are opening applications for emergency grants and low-interest emergency loans to provide assistance to local small businesses impacted by COVID-19. 

The JDA is offering both low-interest loans and small business grants. Both are targeted to small businesses with 1-10 employees that are physically located in Athens-Clarke County. The $1 million emergency Turntable Revolving Loan Program is funded through the ACCGov Mayor & Commission’s Resiliency Package, while the $1.6 million for emergency business grants is funded through the federal CARES Act. 

Applications for JDA loans and grants will open at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 8, with an application submission deadline of Tuesday, September 22. The grant program is first-come, first-served for eligible businesses. More information, including eligibility criteria, is available at https://sites.google.com/view/jda-acc-winterville. The application will be available and open on the website at 8:00 a.m. on September 8.

The Northeast Georgia Business Alliance is offering emergency grants for small businesses located in Athens-Clarke County, funded through the federal CARES Act. Information about the Northeast Georgia Business Alliance’s grant program, including the application, is available online at www.negafoundation.org/. Applications will open on Tuesday, September 8 with an application submission deadline of Wednesday, September 30.

The mission of the Joint Development Authority of the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County, Georgia and the City of Winterville is to equitably support entrepreneurs to revive and grow successful small businesses in Athens-Clarke County, increase revenue, create new jobs, and foster economic connections among and between Athens-Clarke County businesses, as well as globally.

The mission of the Northeast Georgia Business Alliance is to expand access to capital and procurement opportunities for African-American organizations in Northeast Georgia.

For more information about the Joint Development Authority of the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County and the City of Winterville, contact jda@accgov.com. For more information about the Northeast Georgia Business Alliance, contact office@negabusinessalliance.org.

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