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December 15, 2020

Warrenton offers $240,000 in support for businesses

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Retailers — including The Town Duck on Main Street — can qualify for the grants, with awards beginning in January.
The town has established this grant program to help small and local businesses meet the challenges imposed by COVID during the difficult winter months.
— Town Manager Brandie Schaeffer
The Town of Warrenton has launched a winter grant program to support small and local businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The town recognizes the vital importance of our local small businesses to the economy and recognizes the urgency of response to the negative impact caused by the pandemic,” Town Manager Brandie Schaeffer said. “The town has established this grant program to help small and local businesses meet the challenges imposed by COVID during the difficult winter months.”

The initial program fund has $240,000, with grants available up to $10,000 per business.

> Application at bottom of story

Funds may be used for physical or technological improvements related to safe business operations serving the public in response to COVID. Funds may be used for new expenses or to reimburse eligible expenses between July 1 of this year and March 1, 2021.

Eligible businesses must be:

• Within the town limits and in good standing with the town and county.

• Have a physical storefront in the town and have one or more full-time equivalent employees in addition to the owner.

• A locally owned for-profit, non-franchised operation in the retail, restaurant or the hospitality sector.

• Established and operating prior to January 1, 2020.

• Open for business or will re-open (in person or online) before January 1, 2021.

Acceptable uses of grant funds include:

• Professional services and technology to facilitate e-commerce and/or virtual business operations.

• Touchless transactions.

• Professional services related to design and construction/alteration of the built environment necessary to promote physical and social distancing, as well as the actual costs for alterations.

• Tenting, heating and other methods of providing winter outdoor service.

• Expenses related to expanded outdoor service (gas, electric, communication).
• Personal protective equipment (PPE).

• Other technology and supplies to promote health and safety.

Grant funds may not be used for:

• Federal, state or town taxes.

• Public utility payments (town water and sewer).

• Ongoing payroll and business expenses not related to COVID.

First round applications are due no later than midnight Dec. 23.

Applications may be submitted:

• By mail to Town of Warrenton, P.O. Box 341, Warrenton, Va. 20188

• In person at Town Hall, 21 Mail St.

• By email to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Incomplete applications will be rejected.

Businesses will be notified of grant awards no later than January 4.

First round disbursement checks will be mailed or arranged for pickup no later than Jan. 31.

The town will continue to receive Second Round applications on a rolling basis through March 15. The committee will review applications as needed until March 31 or until grant funds are exhausted.

The federal CARES Act, Atlantic Union Bank, The Fauquier Bank and the PATH Foundation provided funds for the grant program.

Warm Up Warrenton_Grant App... by Fauquier Now

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FalconDad · December 16, 2020 at 5:43 pm
You’re right Karl. When I heard Fauquier gave some joker $4K in a Cares grant which he in turn used to improve his $700K home, I was sickened. I told my wife I could have brightened a lot of poor families this Christmas season living around here and in the local hotels by just handing out cash.
karl engels · December 16, 2020 at 2:37 pm
Yet somehow there’s no funding anywhere to help to ensure that our house less neighbors and those facing evictions are taken care of so that they could have a better chance at getting through the winter, save some lives instead of property for once
FalconDad · December 15, 2020 at 11:42 pm
It’s great that the Town is giving out grants while providing great thought into the bullet point requirements. I think they learned a lesson of who not to give the grant money to that the county frivolously did with the Cares act grants. Thank you Brandie Schaeffer! You should manage the entire county.
brianroeder · December 15, 2020 at 5:21 pm
Thank you for helping our small businesses.
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