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DUNWOODY, Ga. – For struggling business owners in Dunwoody with 50 or fewer employees, economic relief may be on the way.

City officials opened the application process through its Dunwoody Cares website to small business owners who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. Qualified businesses can apply for up to $30,000 to cover rent, lease or mortgage costs.

“Our goal is to provide as much support as possible in these unprecedented times,” Dunwoody Economic Development Director Michael Starling said in a statement.

Dunwoody Communications Director Jennifer Boettcher said the fund totals $1 million.

Awardees can use the grant money to reimburse the cost of rent, lease, or mortgage payments for up to six months on property used for business from April through September 2020. To qualify, small businesses, with from two to 50 employees, must be able to document financial hardship because of COVID-19.

The application, which takes about 20 minutes to complete, can be accessed at dunwoodycares.com. Applicants will be required to be in good standing with the city and have been in operation for a minimum of one year prior to March 1, 2020. They must supply an electronic version of their business license, W-9 form, a photo ID, W-3, lease or mortgage receipts and an E-verify affidavit. Funding is limited and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis until it is exhausted.

This is the third program funded via Dunwoody using its allotted CARES Act money from DeKalb County. In October, the Vulnerable Population Program provided $400,000 in grants to eight local non-profit organizations serving people impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, the Dunwoody Council approved $150,000 in CARES Act funding for the city’s Al Fresco Matching Grant Program, which provides grants to local business owners who want to begin or expand outdoor operations.

For more information about these relief programs, visit the city’s website: dunwoodyga.gov.

Cathy covers local government and community news for the Dunwoody area.

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