By Carol Vaughn —
Onancock was awarded a $450,000 Community Development Block Grant as part of the Department of Housing and Community Development’s response to COVID-19 impacts on localities.
“It’s fantastic news,” said town manager Matt Spuck.
The COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Assistance program targets businesses that are locally owned, employ fewer than 20 people, have been impacted by COVID-19, provide local or regional services, and for which the assistance will not duplicate benefits received from other sources, according to Spuck.
Each qualifying business may receive up to $15,000 to help it reopen and conduct business safely during the pandemic. The amount includes up to $5,000 for technology and other changes to accommodate pandemic protocol and up to $10,000 in rent or mortgage relief.
The program will be administered by the town and the Onancock Main Street Initiative, Spuck said.
In addition to this grant, Onancock to date has distributed to local businesses over $100,000 in money allotted it by Accomack County from federal CARES Act funds.