HAILEY, Idaho — Cities across the U.S. are looking for ways to spend their CARES Act COVID Relief Funding before the December 30 deadline. If it isn't used, the money will go back to the federal government.
The City of Hailey is setting aside $200,000 for local businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19.
During Monday's city council meeting, councilors approved a system that would allow local stores to apply for up $10,000 in grant funding. The time couldn't be better as many of these shops are now gearing up for the holidays.
"There is a level of stress in the voices of the business people that I talked to that really lets me know that they are appreciating this opportunity," says Heather Dawson, Hailey City Administrator.
There is a list of criteria that businesses need to meet to apply for a grant.
"They must be a Hailey based business with an EIN. All of the reimbursement expenses for which they apply may not have been paid for by any other previous grants," said Dawson.
The money must also go towards COVID expenses that have not been budgeted, including rent and other utility costs.
"It must be used on expenses that were used to make customers or employees safer during COVID," said Dawson.
The grant money is awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. The last day to apply is December 18. A four-person committee will review the applications.
Those with questions are encouraged to call the city at (208)788-4221.