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$60 Million Grant Set To Help Reopen Palm Beach County Businesses

Food donation boxes in front of Howleys Restaurant in West Palm Beach.
Wilkine Brutus
The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

As cooks, waiters, and hair stylists, come back to work after two months, Palm Beach County is setting aside part of the $261 million it received through the CARES Act to help businesses re-open.

Through the Restart Business grants program, the county will distribute $50 million for small businesses with 25 employees, or fewer, and $10 million for large businesses with more than 25 employees. And according to the website guidelines, each business can receive up to $25,000.

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The grant is for local businesses only and one important note:  businesses will only be eligible if they’ve received fewer than $25,000 from the federal Paycheck Protection Program, or they risk being audited.

Applications for the grant will be processed through the county's website on a first come, first eligible basis.

The application portal opens Friday, May 22 at 8 a.m. Go here to learn more about the grants.

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Wilkine Brutus is a multimedia journalist for WLRN, South Florida's NPR, and a member of Washington Post/Poynter Institute’ s 2019 Leadership Academy. A former Digital Reporter for The Palm Beach Post, Brutus produces enterprise stories on topics surrounding people, community innovation, entrepreneurship, art, culture, and current affairs.