State Rep. Tom Patton (R-Strongsville) announces applications are open for local businesses and venues in the form of grant programs to help Ohio industries recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiatives were implemented by Senate Bills 108 and 109, legislation passed by the Ohio General Assembly. Patton supported both bills and was a cosponsor on SB 108.
“Our business community has faced many hardships throughout the span of this pandemic and we are ensuring through bills passed in the House and signed into law that they have the relief necessary available to them,” said Patton.
The programs through the bills include the following allocations:
- $100 million for the Food and Beverage Establishment Grant
- $20 million for the Entertainment Venue Grant
- $25 million for the Lodging Grant
- $10 million for the New Small Business Relief Grant
On July 1, the funds doubled to $310 million once the budget was also approved by the General Assembly and signed into law. Each program has a certain amount of funding for each of Ohio's 88 counties, however, if businesses in a county do not fulfill their allocation by July 31 the remaining funds will become available to businesses statewide.
The grant relief programs for Ohio restaurants, entertainment venues, and lodging provides $10K, $20K, or $30K grants based off of percentage of revenue loss from 2019 revenue compared to 2020 revenue. The new small businesses grant program provides $10K grants to new Ohio small businesses established on or after January 1, 2020.
Each program will require applicants to have an OH|ID, and businesses that plan to apply can get an OH|ID now, if they don’t already have one. Register at OH|ID (ohid.ohio.gov) by creating an account with a username/password. Click on Create OH|ID Account to set up an account at OH|ID.
All four programs will be administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency. Program guidelines, terms and conditions, and required documentation are available at https://businesshelp.ohio.gov/. For questions, please email BusinessHelp@Development.Ohio.Gov.