Canton to offer additional small business relief grants

CANTON – The city will use up to $1.15 million in American Rescue Plan money for additional grants to small businesses in Canton.

City Council on Monday authorized the mayor or public service director to contract with the Economic and Community Development Institute Inc. (ECDI) for the administration of the program using the federal COVID-19 stimulus money. 

The city previously partnered with ECDI for a small business grant program primarily funded by Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds. About $1.17 million in grants was distributed to 177 city businesses.

Mayor Thomas Bernabei said this COVID-19 relief program will be similar but the recipient qualifications are “still to be worked out.” He expects ECDI, which will receive a portion of the funds for administering the program, to again make the application available on cantonohio.gov. 

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