The municipality will be handing out $200,000 in grants to local small businesses to help them recover from financial hardship due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Council discussed the criteria of the grant program on Monday and they changed the rules slightly, now allowing non-profits and charities to apply for funding.

Businesses, as well as non-profits and charities, can receive a grant of up to $5,000 to immediately assist those who have been adversely affected in their revenue streams by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as help with reopening costs.

Initial plans had the maximum grant set at $1,000.

The grants will go to small businesses who had annual sales of less than $5 million.

Chatham-Kent will accept applications for grants from July 2 to July 16.

Council is open to increasing the $200,000 total if enough applications are received.