Governor Reynolds provides $40 million in relief for Iowa business owners

Published: Jan. 28, 2021 at 12:22 PM CST
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - Governor Kim Reynolds has allocated 40 million dollars in federal Cares Act funds to restaurants and bars in Iowa that were negatively impacted by the pandemic.

It is an extension of the Iowa small business relief grant program meaning the money received will not have to be paid back later. Eligible business owners will receive a maximum award amount of 25 thousand dollars.

Sharon Stroh, who is the Vice President of Industrial Development and organizational communication at Greater Ottumwa Partners in Progress says, eligible businesses include full-service restaurants.

“Which means the applicant must certify that the establishment provides food services to patrons who order and are served while seated, so they have to be very sure that they do serve food as well as beverages.”

So that includes bars, breweries, distilleries, and wineries. Ineligible businesses are those that are a part of a national food chain and establishments providing adult entertainment.

Rachel Borje, who is the owner of Ohana Grill in Ottumwa gave a statement on how happy she is for the grant because the pandemic was frightening.

“Sales went down instantly as covid started. We lost about 80% of our sales. We’re grateful to receive help because many businesses may not recover and it’s scary to think about.”

The application will be available online at Iowa business from Monday, February 1st until the 15th at 5 pm.

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