Stronger Together Relief Grant
We are stronger together.
We are in this together.
Fantastic things can often come from challenging times. It is the ability to find creative solutions by working in partnership that can create some of the most powerful solutions. The Viroqua Chamber Main Street is a large-scale partnership, and Fred Nelson’s vision for his beloved business community is always present. Formed in 1989, and last year celebrating 30 years of business support and economic development, it was time to come up with a grassroots solution, just like Fred Nelson would have, to provide support to the business community. After a few conversations with Dan Kanis, owner of Nelson Agri-Center, it was determined that with a generous donation from Nelson Agri-Center and from Sleepy Hollow, as well as funds from the Viroqua Chamber Main Street intended for use as Pop-Up Shop rent, that a relief fund initiative could be created for businesses impacted by COVID-19.
“Now, more than ever, is the time to rally behind the small local businesses that make Viroqua such a wonderful place to live and work. By supporting them to whatever extent we can, we’re really supporting the future of our charming town.” Michelle Felton
“Every single business that calls Viroqua home is important! We are all part of a chemistry that makes Viroqua so unique and successful. It is vital that we come together to help these folks get back on their feet!!!” Dan Kanis
“Just as we all have taken the necessary steps to protect the health of ourselves, our loved ones, and the population as a whole, we must also make extraordinary efforts to protect the health of our small business community. The investment we make now, ensures the future of our vibrant community for everyone.” Jess Reed
In response to the economic hardships experienced by businesses resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Viroqua Chamber Main Street, Nelson Agri-Center and Sleepy Hollow are pleased to announce Viroqua-Stronger Together. The goal of this grant initiative is to keep businesses open and retain jobs.
Funding Sources: Generous donations from Sleepy Hollow and Nelson Agri-Center, funds that would have supported Pop-Up Shops 2020, Beer Walk ticket sales and individual donations. In addition to the funds already collected, businesses, banks and individual donors are encouraged to contribute to this fund. Donations can be made on the Viroqua Chamber Main Street’s Support Small website, which also includes the opportunity to purchase gift cards for local businesses. Visit the site here: supportsmall.net
Funding Amounts: Up to $5000
Application Period: Applications will be accepted beginning April 18.
- Applicant is majority owner (51%+) of the business.
- Can provide financial losses due to COVID-19
- Can provide evidence of being able to retain business for at least 6 months as a result of grant.
Eligible Expenses: Basic operating capital for staff salaries, leasing space, insurance, and/or utilities. Requests for inventory, supplies, furniture, software, equipment, other expenses may also be considered.
Applications will be reviewed by Viroqua Chamber Main Street Economic Development Committee. Actual award amount will be based on scoring matrix and funding availability.
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