Another 20 businesses in Crawford County have been awarded COVID-19 pandemic small business assistance grants through the county.

Approval by county commissioners at their meeting Wednesday marked the second of three rounds of grants of up to $10,000 to small businesses.

The business grant program is funded by $130,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Coronavirus Response program money and $500,000 in County Relief Block Grant (CRBG) money. The money is part of federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds awarded to the county.

The county has been awarding grants to firms with less than 100 employees to reimburse a business' COVID operating costs from March 1 through 15.

Awarded small business assistance grants of up to $10,000 were: D&B Custom Wiring Inc.; Lakeside Dance LLC; Ridge Road Taxidermy; Bayfront Brewing Co. doing business as Roff School Tavern; Bill Lawrence's Personal Fitness; Chalk Artful Conceptions Co.; Evolution Printing Systems; G.O. II Enterprises LLC; Holeva Liquidation Warehouse LLC; Hyde Special Tools; Irish Cove Motel; Lost Lanes Inc.; Plaza Barber Shop; Robert Paul Shaffer Trucking; Runamuck Inc.; Rustic Inn Restaurant & Bar Inc.; Team Lake Road Auto Sales LLC; Ten Hut Productions LLC; The Java Tree Cafe LLC; and Voodoo Brewing Co. Inc.

The 20 firms approved Wednesday had applied for aid Aug. 31. An initial round of 20 grants to 20 other Crawford County businesses was approved by commissioners Sept. 23.

Another 19 firms have applications under review in the third and final round of funds, Zach Norwood, director of the Crawford County Planning Office, told commissioners Wednesday. The Planning Office has been overseeing the business grant applications.

While all funding cycles were the same, application deadlines were July 31, Aug. 31 and Sept. 30, with a business only eligible to apply once.

Keith Gushard can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at kgushard@meadvilletribune.com.

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