Midwest City Memorial Hospital Authority, Board of Grantors Approve 2020 COVID-19 Small Business Relief Program
The Midwest City Memorial Hospital Authority and its Board of Grantors this week both unanimously approved a plan to offer limited cash grants to Midwest City businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Grantees may receive from $1500 to $4000 based on the type of establishment and the impact government closures had on their ability to conduct normal business.
“We are very proud to be able to lend our support to local businesses. There are so many owners who have been loyal to this community for years,” said Midwest City Mayor Matt Dukes, who also serves as the Authority’s chairman.
Approximately $450,000 is available for relief grants from funds typically budgeted for the Grantors’ Community Improvement Grant Program. Since its inception over 20 years ago, the Community Grant Program has traditionally helped institutional and non-profit entities with special projects in Midwest City. Dukes said this is the first time funds have been used solely for economic development purposes.
“Our primary goal was to aid those public-facing, independently-owned businesses who are the lifeblood of the community,” said Mayor Dukes. “They have remained in Midwest City during the good times and the bad, and we are fortunate at this time to be able to lend them a hand.”
Businesses operating before March 1, 2020 are eligible to apply. Owners must complete an application and file required documentation with the City’s Economic Development Department on or before July 21. City staff and the Grantors will review applications before forwarding them to the Authority for final disposition. Awardees can expect to receive grant funds sometime in mid-August.
Applications are available at MidwestCityOK.biz or may be picked up at the Customer Service Counter at City Hall, 100 N Midwest Boulevard.