The Authority, Cumberland County Board of Commissioners Announce New COVID-19 Small Business Assistance Plan

By: Michael Mandarino, Follow South Jersey Managing Editor

Photo: Jon Bradley | Follow South Jersey

CUMBERLAND COUNTY, N.J. — Cumberland County has allocated some of its federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to small businesses outside of Bridgeton, Millville, and Vineland.

Eligible businesses can apply to receive a minimum of $1,000 and maximum of $10,000 of the CARES Act funds available. Those businesses can use the money to cover general expenses like payroll & rent, pay off non-business debt such as personal credit cards, reimburse personal expenses, pay off federal or state income tax, and purchase personal items. Those who apply for funding will be required to provide documentation of eligible expenses that need to be paid off.

You can read a full list of what applicants can use the grant money for here. You can also find more details about the grant program here.

Those who apply must follow a number of criteria, which you can read below:

  • Must be a Cumberland County retail, restaurants, entertainment, and/or nonprofessional service business with no more than 10 employees, including full-time and part-time employees (outside of Bridgeton, Vineland, and Millville)
  • Must have been in operation as of December 31, 2019
  • Must have one employee, who can be the business owner, will be retained, and meets the low/moderate income requirement through review of family size and family income, or by living in a low/moderate income area, or by the business being located within a low/moderate income area
  • Any business deemed eligible for federal assistance by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Any business that can certify that it will remain open or reopen if grant funds are approved and received

If you’re interested in applying for this program and feel your business is eligible to receive grant money, you can access the grant’s application here. Once you complete the application, you can send it to Economic Development Liaison Ben Robinson by calling (856) 825-3700 (ext. 1234) or reaching out via email to Robinson can also answer any questions you may have about the grant program.

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