WilCo Forward gives out more than $34 million in grants

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July 14, 2020 - 5:10 pm
Coronavirus and Money

WILLIAMSON COUNTY (Talk1370.com) -- Williamson County small businesses received more than $34.2 million in grant funds under Wilco Forward's Small Business Grant Program, officials announced Tuesday.

Officials say 3,662 checks were issued, with a total of 4,194 applications received between May 6 and June 30. Of the 466 applications that were denied, many were duplicates, officials said. 66 applications are still under review.

"Our small business owners are a vital part of our community and the backbone of our economy, that is why the success of the Wilco Forward program was crucial to providing funds that would help them stay in business," said Williamson County Precinct 3 Commissioner Valerie Covey. "It is also important that we provide short term support for those that have lost their jobs due to COVID-19 by providing assistance for rent and utilities."

The average grant issued through the program was $9,350.54.

The program was made possible thanks to CARES Act funds the county received from the federal government. Out of a total of $93 million, $35 million was allocated for Wilco Forward; officials say the remainder of the money will be utilized in phases.

The second phase of funding will include reimbursing cities and other entities for their expenses during the pandemic. These include:

  • $500,000 was allocated for ESDs, including Jollyville, Sam Bass, Hutto, Liberty Hill, Jarrell, Weir, Florence, and Coupland
  • A total of $20 million will be split up and used to support cities
  • WCCHD will receive up to $1 million
  • $500,000 will be granted to Bluebonnet Trails
  • YMCA is expected to receive up to $750,000

A third phase, expected to be voted on by county commissioners before the end of the month, will focus on a community assistance program that will be rolled out through local non-profits serving the community. The goal, officials said, is to provide a level of financial relief to residents by supporting them with bills like rent and utilities. A total of $5 million has been allocated to launch this phase.

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