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 The city of Peoria is partnering with Arizona Community Foundation (ACF) to establish the Peoria Small Business/Nonprofit Relief Grant Program.

The new program will assist Peoria small businesses and nonprofits that have experienced financial hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The application is open through Sept. 18. All businesses in Peoria may apply for this assistance, regardless of whether they received federal CARES Act funding. 

For more information about the Peoria Small Business/Nonprofit Relief Grant Program, visit peoriaaz.gov/business/small-business-relief-program.  

“Small businesses have been particularly challenged over the last several months,” Mayor Cathy Carlat said. “Sectors have been asked to pause their operations, while others have experienced serious disruptions to their operations. This program is about getting direct financial assistance to those that need it most. I am thrilled to see the availability of these funds to provide much-needed relief.”  

Peoria’s relief grant program was designed for businesses that employ less than 25 full-time employees and generated less than $3 million in gross revenue last year.

This grant program is the first of three programs the city has developed to help the more than 3,500 small businesses and nonprofits operating in Peoria.

“The Arizona Community Foundation is pleased to partner with the city of Peoria to administer their small business and nonprofit relief grants program,” said Glenn Wike, ACF vice president of strategy and external affairs. “This program will deliver much-needed resources to support Peoria businesses and nonprofits impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.”