Parma rolls out COVID-related small business owner economic assistance and residential rent relief programs

PARMA, Ohio — The economic downturn related to the pandemic finds both renters and business owners living in uncertain times.

a building with graffiti on the side of a road: Small businesses on Ridge Road in Parma.

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Small businesses on Ridge Road in Parma.

In an effort to not only help out the community but attempt to maintain stability related to COVID-19, Parma recently announced two related initiatives that tap into the city’s nearly $900,000 in CARES Act funding tied to the federal Community Development Block Grant-CV (CDBG) program.


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“We’ve got a two-prong approach for the use of our CARES money,” Parma Community Department Services Director Erik Tollerup said. “It’s treated like CDBG money, but it’s specifically targeted for COVID-only response.

“The small business grant program that we put together is aimed at businesses with 15 or less employees. The businesses can receive the lesser of either $10,000 or the average of their monthly operating expenses prior to COVID.”

Business owners can

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