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Grant program helps Smyrna nonprofits, businesses affected by pandemic

By Kristal Dixon, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution #atlanta-ga

Small businesses and nonprofit organizations in the city of Smyrna can now apply for grants to help them financially recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

The city’s Small Business/Nonprofit CARES Grant program will provide qualifying small businesses and nonprofits with a minimum of $500 in grant funding. The maximum amount that can be given to an applicant is $1,500, said city spokeswoman Jennifer Bennett. 

Businesses or nonprofits must be located in Smyrna’s city limits; have been in operation for at least one year before March 13; have a current business license and be up to date on all taxes, permits and utility payments; meet the Small Business Administration’s definition of a small business; have estimated annual gross receipts that are less than $5 million; and show that the pandemic has resulted in a loss of $500 or greater.

The deadline to apply for a grant is 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30. Applications can be found on the city’s website. Applications and required documents must be sent via email to SmyrnaBusinessGrant@SmyrnaGa.gov or mailed to Brawner Hall (Attn: Community Development Department), 3180 Atlanta Road, Smyrna by 5 p.m. Oct. 30 to be considered.

Smyrna is using $750,000 in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act allocated to the city by Cobb County to fund the grant program.