Montclair, New Jersey – The Township of Montclair continues its support for small businesses severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Montclair has already approved 79 Small Business Emergency Grant applications to date and the Mayor and Council were able to deliver the first funds processed through the Finance Department which continues to issue checks from the $150,000 Council-approved program to assist local businesses.
Qualifying businesses will receive a $1,000 grant check to help cover costs for equipment and other necessities and expenditures related to the public health emergency caused by COVID-19.
The grants are part of the Township’s comprehensive COVID-19 recovery and business re-opening plan developed by Council with input from local business leaders.
“We are pleased to be able to provide financial aid to our local businesses to help them cover at least some of the tremendous costs they’ve incurred as a result of the pandemic,” said Montclair Mayor Sean Spiller. “Small businesses are a key part of our wonderful community. The township grants and other measures our Council is taking will provide much-needed assistance to help our local businesses get through this devastating public health and economic crisis,” he said.
Additional township business recovery efforts include:
- #LoveOurMontclair digital campaign launched last week;
- waive (or refund if already paid) the 2020 sidewalk café permit fee;
- offer an Expanded Sidewalk Café License;
- working with the BID and other business districts to close streets to create additional outdoor space for patrons.
“Our small businesses are the lifeblood of our communities and our local economy,” said Deputy Mayor William Hurlock. “We applaud the tremendous efforts they’ve made throughout these difficult times and we are proud to offer our support through the small business grants and other measures we have put in place.”