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Batavia Reconnected grants for select small businesses open for second round of funding

Awards of up to $1,500 to be used for pandemic-related expenses

BATAVIA – A grant program for Batavia businesses previously announced in early June is now open for a second round of funding, according to a news release from the Batavia Chamber of Commerce.

The first round of funding in mid-June awarded grants to Bernie's Bully Dogs, Hearth & Hammer General, B. Stylish Nail Spa, Bocaditos, Limestone Coffee & Tea, Wilson Street Tavern, Oak and Swine, Red Hive Market, Black Cactus Print House, Rivers Edge Bar and Grill, and Full Moon Bar & Grill.

According to the release, those recipients are a just a few of the eligible Batavia businesses who could benefit from the grants administered by the initiative Batavia Reconnected. The grants are being offered to qualifying businesses to ease their financial burden of operating under safety guidelines mandated by COVID-19 pandemic requirements. A total grant of $80,000 is to be allocated to the local business community.

Eligible businesses must be in the city of Batavia, employ less than 10 full-time individuals and accommodate customers in-person.

The maximum grant is $1,500 per business and is limited to retail, restaurants, salons, fitness and dance studios. Requirements, instructions, application and other supporting materials are available via a Google Drive Folder or on the Batavia Chamber website, BataviaChamber.org.

Applications must be submitted to covidgrants@cityofbatavia.net by Wednesday, July 1 at 5 pm. On July 2, a lottery of applicants will select the businesses to receive the grant. 

Grant monies are to be spent on improvements and safety precautions due to the pandemic, which could include sanitizer, touchless door handles and foot handles, COVID sneeze screens, PPE, signage and more.

For more information or questions about the grants, contact one of these organizations:

Batavia Chamber of Commerce, Margaret Perreault, president and CEO: 630-879-7134

Batavia MainStreet, Sherri Wilcox Dauskurdus, executive director: 630-761-3528

City of Batavia, Laura Newman, city administrator: 630-454-2000

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