Milwaukee County District 5 businesses receive $1.2 million in Covid-relief grants

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) --- More than 150 small businesses in Milwaukee County's 5th Supervisory District received a total of $1.2 million on Tuesday, March 16.

The grant is through the county's Small Business Recovery Initiative Grant Program. The amount is more than any other Supervisory district, according to county officials.

“Small business owners have encountered significant hardships due to the coronavirus pandemic and its effect on our economy and they need our help," Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson said. "Thanks to federal funding through the CARES Act, Milwaukee County provided an urgently needed economic stimulus targeted to the small business owners in our community who needed it most. Many small businesses in my district applied for and were able to benefit from this program. This is great example of how Milwaukee County is methodically dismantling structural racism and promoting racial equity."

The Economic Development Division reported on the success that has awarded roughly $11.7 million to 1,551 businesses. 

Officials say of the total, 66% of grant recipients identified as a minority, women or veteran-owned business.

The Milwaukee County Economic Development Division created an interactive map that the public can use to view grant recipients.

If you are a business owner impacted by the pandemic, you are encouraged to visit the Economic Development Division's website to find additional resources. 

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