Seneca County announced that the application process for the Seneca CARES Small Business Relief Program, which provides small businesses in Seneca County, including the cities of Fostoria and Tiffin, with financial relief from loss of revenue caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, is to open next week. For businesses in Tiffin and Seneca County, the program opens at 12 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, and close at 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9. For business in Fostoria, program guidelines and restrictions will be available on Monday, Oct. 26, and applications will be available on Friday, Oct. 30 at 9 a.m. and will close at 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9. The program was approved by the Seneca County Board of Commissioners on Oct. 22 and is being administered by the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership and Fostoria Economic Development Corporation. $500,000 is being allocated to the program.
Each applicant business must complete the online application during the application period; paper applications will neither be available nor accepted.
Several townships and villages throughout the county have chosen to put a portion of their CARES Act funding toward grants for their local businesses as well. These include Hopewell Township, Clinton Township, Eden Township, Bloom Township and the Village of Bettsville.
Seneca County Board of Commissioners President Mike Kerschner said, “We felt it was necessary to distribute funding to those who are specifically affected right now. We are thinking of the waiters and waitresses, theater employees and people who have lost their jobs as a result of COVID-19. We need to make sure we positively affect as many people as possible.”
For additional information and program guidelines for Fostoria businesses, visit fostoriaedc.org or email email@example.com. For information on the general program and guidelines, visit senecacares.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org, where a response will be provided within 24 hours and posted to a Frequently Asked Questions page at senecacares.com, or additionally, a series of public, online meetings are planned. Login at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/339384213, or call (872) 240-3311, Access Code: 339-384-213. These will be recorded and made available for viewing at senecacares.com. Meeting times are: