Wise County commissioners approved utilizing money from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to create the Wise County Economic Relief Fund. The program would provide $3,000 grants to local businesses closed or partially shut down under government orders related to COVID-19.
Cities are being asked to participate as partners, pitching in a portion of their CARES money, but each entity’s participation is pending the approval of their respective city councils. Clark anticipates having an answer from each city in early June, and grant applications will be released at that time.
Under the program, $21,000 would be given to the United Way of Wise County to be split equally among Wise Area Relief Mission, South Wise Services, Southeast Wise County Community Services, Wise County Meals on Wheels, Wise County Court-Appointed Special Advocates, Wise County Domestic Violence Taskforce and Wise Kid Care.
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