The City of Rome, through the Community Development Department, will provide operating assistance to small businesses that are in jeopardy as a result of the COVID-19 public safety measures.

Retail, commercial, service and entertainment businesses that rely on customers making purchases at their establishments are especially affected by the recent pandemic.

This program is designed to provide relief to those types of businesses that have been negatively affected by the self-isolating period.

Grant funds have been released by HUD and applications are now being accepted. The application is available on the CoronaVirus Updates page on the website:

Under this program, Rome will provide an emergency relief grant of up to $5,000.

Businesses with up to 50 “full time equivalent” employees are eligible to apply for funds, which will be used to pay for normal business expenses that have been made more difficult due to declining revenues caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Businesses with 10 or fewer employees will receive additional points in the scoring of each application.

Eligible businesses must have a physical location in the City of Rome and have experienced a loss of income due to COVID-19.

Funding is limited; applications are being accepted through June 19. For questions, please contact Bekki Fox at; 706-236-4477.

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