WORTHINGTON — Nobles County commissioners and the Worthington Economic Development Authority met in special session Tuesday to authorize the distribution of $405,000 in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act dollars through their Small Business Grant Assistance Program.
This is the second round of grants awarded through the CARES program for small businesses locally. In the first round, $1,141,250 was distributed to 152 applicants. During the second round, the program was expanded to include nonprofits, with 30 applicants each to receive $2,500 grants following action by both county commissioners and the Worthington EDA.
Tuesday’s meeting was to address applications that were considered questionable or ineligible for funding. Some applicants had applied under more than one business name, and were deemed ineligible for additional funding because the program strictly noted one application would be accepted per person. There were also questions from city staff on how to fund two grant requests from individuals who own and operate a mobile business. Ultimately, those two mobile businesses were each awarded a $7,500 grant.
With questions remaining on a trio of applications, city staff was directed to gather more information.
Since there will be no more rounds of applications, the city and the county previously took action to appoint two members each to a subcommittee that will meet to continue discussions on how to allocate the remaining CARES Act dollars.