27 Watertown businesses have applied for $10K to help them survive effects of pandemic | Business

WATERTOWN — So far, 27 local small businesses have applied for $10,000 city grants that would help them survive the COVID-19 pandemic.

The city is offering the program to use $450,000 in CARES Act funds to help local small businesses impacted by the pandemic.

The city is allocating $10,000 grants to 45 businesses. The city will continue to offer the grants until the $450,000 runs out.

Michael A. Lumbis, the city’s planning and community development director, said “a wide range of businesses” have applied for the grants.

Although there was some confusion that they could not be funded, he stressed that restaurants — as long as they are not franchises — are eligible for the funding.

“I think it’s going to help a lot of businesses,” Mr. Lumbis said.

Earlier this week, a committee started reviewing the applicants to make sure that they follow federal Department Housing and Urban Development regulations for…

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