Jacob Kirn, May 1, 2020
St. Louis County Executive Sam Page said Friday the county will offer $17.5 million in grants to small businesses hit by Covid-19 shutdowns. The funding comes from the $173 million awarded to the county by the federal government through a virus relief program.
Page's office said each of seven County Council districts would receive $2.5 million in grants. Each business is eligible for a grant of $15,000 or less.
Today, I announced a Small Business Relief Program, putting to work $17.5 million from our CARES Act funds. Grants to @SaintLouCo businesses will be awarded based on recommendations from County Council members, who will work with mayors in their respective districts. pic.twitter.com/Mnefr5NSs1
— County Executive Sam Page (@DrSamPage) May 1, 2020
Page said during a press conference that County Council members and other municipal officials would help select businesses, and that they'd be approved by the council.
Council members will submit recommendations by June 1, with an accounting firm reviewing those, Page said.