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Millions of Dollars Available to Help Tourism Businesses

The state of Ohio is accepting applications for four grant programs that target businesses that were significantly impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Millions of Dollars Available to Help Tourism Businesses

I want to make sure you’re aware that the state of Ohio is accepting applications for four grant programs that target businesses that were significantly impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
The programs are:

  • Food and Beverage Establishment Grant: This program provides grants of $10,000, $20,000, or $30,000 to restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and other food and drinking businesses. The amount of individual grants to eligible businesses will be determined by the business' loss of revenue in 2020.
  • Entertainment Venue Grant: This program provides grants of $10,000, $20,000, or $30,000 to theaters, music venues, spectator sports venues, museums, and other entertainment venues. The amount of individual grants to eligible businesses will be determined by the business' loss of revenue in 2020.
  • Lodging Grant: This program provides grants of $10,000, $20,000, or $30,000 to hotels, motels, and bed and breakfast operations. The amount of individual grants to eligible businesses will be determined by the business' decline in occupancy rate in 2020.
  • New Small Business Grant: This program provides grants of $10,000 to small businesses that were established between January 1, 2020, and December 31, 2020.

The Ohio Department of Development is administering the grants, and will continue to accept applications until grant funds are exhausted. To apply, visit the Investing in Ohio's Future section at BusinessHelp.Ohio.gov. The site includes documents for each grant program's terms and conditions, fact sheet, and frequently asked questions.

Each program requires applicants to have an OH|ID. Register at OH|ID (ohid.ohio.gov) by creating an account with a username/password. For help with the process, click here.

Best regards,
Matthew MacLaren