Members of Willard City Council adopted a resolution on Monday authorizing the creation of the Willard Cares Small Business Grant Program. A first meeting has been held with the Huron County Development Council  to review the grants submitted. HCDC is administering the grant, according to Willard City Manager James Pomerich.

Also present at the meeting was a representative from the Willard Area Chamber of commerce and the Willard Area Economic Development Council.

Pomerich told members of city council there were a total of 11 grants. One was passed on to the HCDC since it is located outside the city limits. One application did not meet the regulations set in the grant requirements.

“There are nine that are moving forward in the grant proposal process,” he pointed out. “We have to get a little bit more information from a few of them, but it looks like we have the potential to hand out $65,000 in grants. We are excited to do that with this CARES Act.”

The idea, Pomerich said, is to be able to help the small local businesses that are struggling because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant applications will eventually be presented to city council for its approval.

“I would encourage any small business in Willard to apply for the Huron County CARES Small Business Grant,” he added. “Their grant is currently open and will run until they give away all their funds. It is a first come-first served basis so act fast.”

Anyone seeking an application to apply for a grant from Huron County can go to hcdc.net.

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