Stamford awards $8K COVID recovery grants to 176 small businesses

STAMFORD — After receiving 262 applications, the city has awarded grants of about $8,000 each to 176 local small businesses to aid their recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 176 grant winners announced Thursday met “all federal and local eligibility criteria,” according to a press release from the mayor’s office. Of the total, 120 are minority-owned or women-owned businesses. 

Forty-three of the 176 businesses are in the food service and restaurant industry. Other winners include child care centers, hair salons, fitness studios and tourism and entertainment businesses.

“We know that a number of you struggled during the pandemic,” Simmons said during a Thursday press conference, which some of the grant winners attended. “At no fault of your own, you were forced to shut down during those very difficult days. You were forced to get creative. And you had to take on a lot of debt and enormous challenges to get through that difficult period.”

Among other criteria, a business needed to be located in Stamford, employ fewer than 60 people and have reported revenue between $25,000 and $2 million in 2021 to qualify for a grant.


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