HACKENSACK, N.J. — Bergen County Government Jim Tedesco publicizes that the County of Bergen will launch a grant program to supply reduction for municipalities straddled with bills associated to the COVID-19 pandemic and small companies financially impacted by the government-ordered shutdown.
This system, which make the most of Coronavirus Help, Aid, and Financial Safety (CARES) Act reduction funds, will present direct reimbursement to municipalities for prices related to well being officers, legislation enforcement, private protecting gear (PPE) and social distancing enhancements. “Non-essential” companies that have been compelled to shut as a measure to cease the unfold of COVID-19 can obtain as much as $10,000 in monetary reduction to cowl hire, property mortgage, and utilities bills.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a critical monetary affect on governments and enterprise communities throughout the nation,” mentioned Tedesco. “It will be significant that we use out there sources to assist the municipalities of their efforts to fight the unfold of the pandemic and one of many hardest hit sectors, small, mom-and-pop outlets, who have been compelled to shut their doorways. These native companies are the spine of Foremost Avenue, Bergen County and it is very important assist our fellow neighbors as we start to reopen. This is the reason I’m proud to announce the Bergen County CARES Municipal Reimbursement and Small Enterprise Grant Packages.”
“We perceive our small Foremost Avenue companies deemed non-essential in the course of the shutdown have struggled to outlive,” mentioned Bergen County Freeholder Chairwoman Mary Amoroso. “Your continued survival and thriving is important to us in Bergen County, and we encourage you to use for this help along with your hire, enterprise mortgage, utility or different prices. We’re additionally delicate to the challenges our municipalities face to supply the important sources wanted to finish this pandemic.”
Below the Bergen CARES Municipal Reimbursement Program, all 70 municipalities are entitled to direct reimbursement from the County for COVID-19 associated bills recognized within the Coronavirus Help, Aid, and Financial Safety (CARES) Act. These bills embody payroll bills for well being care employees and public security staff, PPE and constructing enhancements.
To qualify for the Bergen County CARES Small Enterprise Grant program, scheduled to obtain purposes mid-July, companies should fall underneath the next standards:
- Companies with a bodily location in Bergen County, NJ. House-based companies are eligible;
- Companies deemed “non-essential” throughout the classification of “Companies Required to Shut” as per the Governor’s Government Order No. 104, dated March 16, 2020;
- Companies with 1-19 full-time staff;
- Sole-proprietorships; LLCs; LLPs; Companies; and S-Companies are eligible;
- Companies owned by county staff and elected officers, in addition to their rapid households, should not eligible;
- Companies should have been open and working on March 1, 2020
Precedence will first be given to companies who haven’t acquired any Federal grant help, New Jersey Financial Improvement Authority grants or US Small Enterprise Administration grant or different grant help.
The Bergen County CARES Municipal Reimbursement and Small Enterprise Grant Packages are funded via the Coronavirus Help, Aid and Financial Safety (CARES) Act Federal reduction fund. The County of Bergen intends to start accepting purposes for each applications by the top of the month. A subsequent announcement shall be made concerning the small enterprise grant software course of. Questions concerning the County’s grant applications could be despatched to BergenCountyCares@co.bergen.nj.us.