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Cherokee LMI Grant Program to Assist Small Businesses

September 3, 2020

CHEROKEE COUNTY (September 3, 2020) | The Cherokee Office of Economic Development (COED) is partnering with Cherokee County to launch the Cherokee Low to Moderate Income (LMI) Small Business Grant. The $300,000 grant program, funded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development, is part of Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act monies accepted by the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners.  It will provide assistance to local small businesses that meet certain salary requirements and can be used for ongoing operational costs such as payroll, vendors, utilities, rent, and personal protective equipment (PPE).  Grant amounts are up to $10,000 per small business.

Some of the key eligibility criteria include:

  • Businesses must have experienced a negative economic impact due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • Businesses should employ 50 or fewer W2 positions.
  • Businesses should be retaining, rehiring, or creating jobs meeting the LMI salary threshold from HUD’s published income limits of no more than $46,350 annually for full-time employees; salaries for FTE employees will be scaled accordingly.
  • 70 percent of retained, rehired, or created jobs submitted for consideration must meet the $46,350 salary requirement.
  • Businesses cannot be awarded these funds if still in receipt of other federal benefits, including PPP and EIDL.

The grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. To ensure a fair and objective process, each qualified application will be evaluated by an independent review committee. COED anticipates announcing grant recipients in November 2020.

The application portal will be open from Sept.10 to Sept. 30. For full program information, visit the COED Grants page at

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