The City of Monroe is announcing the establishment of the Monroe CARES grant program to disburse $110,000 in CARES Act funds to businesses and non-profits affected by the COVID-19 crisis. The program will disburse funds through two grant programs: The Small Business Relief Grant will make available $60,000 for Monroe businesses, and the Community Relief Grant will make available an additional $50,000 for non-profit organizations that serve Monroe’s most vulnerable residents.
The Small Business Relief Grant will give priority to businesses that have not been eligible for Federal, State and County grant funds. Grant funds must cover costs associated with the impact of COVID-19, such as rent, utilities, payroll and business licensing fees. “Our highest priority right now is getting our entire community back up and running as quickly as possible and as safely as possible,” said Mayor Geoffrey Thomas. "Providing support to our local businesses and non-profit agencies, ensuring the availability of products and services for all Monroe residents, will help us get there."
Please visit the Small Business Relief Grant webpage for more information on eligibility and to begin the application process.
The Community Relief Grant will assist non-profit organizations meet the increased demands of providing basic services to Monroe’s most vulnerable residents during this critical time. Guidelines and eligibility criteria for the Community Relief Grant are under development and will be announced in early July.