JONESBORO — Five local businesses would receive job-saving assistance through a special grant program administered by the city in coming days if approved by the Jonesboro City Council.
The council’s finance and administration committee will consider resolutions Tuesday to award the $10,000 grants to Eggcellent Cafe, Blade Runner Lawn Care, Body Indulgence Spa, Meals for Moms and Leap Therapy Solutions.
Regina Burkett, the city’s grants and community development director, said other businesses have inquired about the special program, funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to supplement the city’s Community Development Block Grant program. Grants will be available to those businesses once they complete the federally required paperwork, Burkett said Friday.
About $360,000 was made available to the city through the Caronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Assistance (CARES) Act.
In most cases, the businesses plan to use the money to help pay salaries of an employee and pay rent.
Burkett said any money left over from the $360,000 devoted to the grant program may be redirected to another COVID-related community endeavor.
On Thursday, the city hosted public hearings on another new program that just made another $366,000 available through CDBG to acquire facilities or fund direct services to fight the pandemic. The city will be accepting public comments for the next five days on how to devote that money.
To learn more, visit the city’s website, www.jonesboro.org/145/Grants-Community -Development.
The finance and administration committee will meet at 4 p.m. in Municipal Center, 300 S. Church St.
If the proposed agreements meet the committee’s approval they would be forwarded to the full council for approval in December.