$2,500 grants available for small businesses in Kalamazoo

The Kalamazoo Small Business Health Protection Grants are meant to offset the costs of protecting against COVID-19.

The City of Kalamazoo has teamed up with the United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region to help small businesses harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The two groups have launched a program called the Kalamazoo Small Business Health Protection Grants, which will reimburse small businesses in the city for costs they’ve incurred dealing with the coronavirus.

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Specifically, the grants are meant to offset the costs of buying Personal Protective Equipment, such as face masks and gloves, and other supplies needed to stay open during the pandemic. Grants will be issued in amounts up to $2,500.

“All of those things, they add up up for these small businesses,” said Natalie Saucedo, the United Way’s director of individual giving and innovation, in an interview with WMUK. “So, this grant fund, the purpose of it, is to be able to provide them with a little bit of reimbursement going into this holiday season.”

She estimated the program could help as many as 75 businesses. You can read more about the program and apply here.

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