HENDERSON, Ky. – The City of Henderson Board of Commissioners has taken action to create a Small Business Continuity Grant Program in partnership with Henderson Economic Development and Henderson Chamber of Commerce as a response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The program intends to distribute $300,000 to small businesses in the City of Henderson that have been (or will be) adversely affected by the ongoing pandemic. An executive committee comprised of City Manager Buzzy Newman, HED Executive Director Missy Vanderpool and Chamber President Ellen Redding will administer the program.
The grant application process will open on Dec. 21 and will continue through March 21. Grant funding will be available to brick-and-mortar, for-profit businesses that have existed for no less than one year. They need to have 25 or fewer full-time employees and be located within the city. They must have an active business license and be up to date on all city taxes.
Applicants need to be able to demonstrate a need based on worsening business performance caused by the pandemic.
Grant funding levels will be in two tiers that will award either $5,000 or $10,000
“The City of Henderson recognizes the local effects of the pandemic (including the state and federal recommendations for social distancing, shut-down of businesses and self-quarantining) has put financial hardships on our citizens to conduct business as usual,” Mayor Austin said. “While these are necessary to help prevent the spread of this devastating virus, it is also our responsibility to provide some help for our citizens and business community.”
The application for the Small Business Continuity Grant Program will be available on the City of Henderson web site (www.CityOfHendersonKy.org), the Henderson Chamber of Commerce website (HendersonKyChamber.com) and the Henderson Economic Development website (HendersonKyEDC).