Grants will help Warrenton businesses adapt to COVID | New


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WARRENTON – Businesses in Warrenton can now get help adjusting their operations to meet the conditions created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Working Landscapes is offering Hometown Revitalization Grants to businesses in Warrenton that have had to make changes or are planning changes due to the COVID pandemic.

The grants, which range in size from $ 500 to $ 2,500, are funded by the Duke Energy Foundation.

The deadline for submitting applications is Wednesday December 15 at 5 p.m. Grants will be announced by January 15, 2022.

Access the online application form by going to

To be eligible, a candidate must:

• Be an incorporated business, for profit or not, legally incorporated in North Carolina or with a legally incorporated tax agent in North Carolina.

• Have less than 50 employees.

• Be located and be headquartered in Warrenton.

The awards are intended to help small businesses recover or “pivot” from the COVID-19 pandemic. A “pivot” can include adding opportunities for the business to adapt to the effects of the crisis, such as changing the physical space, improving an e-commerce site for online sales. line or increasing the capacity to deliver goods and services.

Grant funds can be used for things such as furniture to extend outdoor dining, for materials to build take-out display cases, for additional props required to comply with public health requirements, for construction of e-commerce platforms or for other equipment or tools necessary to adapt to changing circumstances caused by the pandemic.

Grants can be used to reimburse small businesses for expenses already incurred.

Awards can also support shop window beautification projects, but COVID-19 recovery projects will be prioritized.

Rewards cannot be used for payroll, rent, or utilities.

Priority will be given to:

• Shops located on the main street of Warrenton.

• Companies with a retail storefront.

• Businesses owned by people of color.

• Projects that can demonstrate a community benefit.

Projects that do not meet these criteria are also invited to apply, in the event that the priority projects do not exhaust all grant funds.

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