Funded through the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government (ACCGov) and the federal CARES Act, the Joint Development Authority (JDA) of the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County and the City of Winterville is opening a second round of applications for emergency grants and low-interest emergency loans to provide assistance to local small businesses and 501c(3) non-profits impacted by COVID-19.
The $1 million emergency Turntable Revolving Loan Program is funded through the ACCGov Mayor and Commission’s Resiliency Package, while the $1.6 million for emergency grants is funded through the federal CARES Act. Round 1 of funding distributed $606,120 in emergency grants to 209 ACC small businesses, and $399,000 in low-interest loans to 36 ACC small businesses.
Applications for Round 2 of JDA loans and grants will open at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 13, with an application submission deadline of Tuesday, October 27. For this second round of funding, grants and low-interest loans are targeted to both small businesses and 501c(3) non-profits with 1-20 employees that are physically located in Athens-Clarke County.
The grant program is first-come, first-served for eligible businesses and 501c(3)s. More information, including eligibility criteria, is available at https://sites.google.com/view/jda-acc-winterville. The application will be available and open on the website at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 13.
The mission of the Joint Development Authority of the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County, Georgia and the City of Winterville is to equitably support entrepreneurs to revive and grow successful small businesses in Athens-Clarke County, increase revenue, create new jobs, and foster economic connections among and between Athens-Clarke County businesses, as well as globally.