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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.negabusinessalliance.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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