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Small businesses: Apply for city grants to help with COVID recovery


At its Jan. 17 regular meeting, the Las Cruces City Council adopted a resolution establishing the City of Las Cruces Small Business Store Front Repair Program.

Through the program, eligible small businesses and nonprofits can apply for grants of up to $2,500 to help repair storefront property damage that occurred on or after Jan. 1, 2021, the city said in a news release. Funds can be used to pay for current or past property damage.

Grant applications begin Feb. 1, 2023. The city Economic Development Department (EDD)will continue to accept applications until all funding is spent.

The city allocated up to $400,000 in federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding for the program.

Eligible property damage includes broken windows, doors and locks; graffiti, etching on windows; and damage to landscaping, the city said. Grant funds will not cover stolen goods or preventive measures such as guards, cameras or window or door coverings, the city said.

To be eligible for funding, a business or nonprofit must have a current business license or nonprofit registration, operate within the city and be currently open to the public, have 40 or fewer full-time employees as of March 15, 2020; be a locally owned, noncorporate franchise or chain business; must have experienced direct economic disruption due Covid-19, must provide a copy of the police report showing damages due to vandalism and proof of repairs to doors, windows and locks.

Contact EDD at 575-541-2425. Visit www.lascruces.gov/2179/Economic-Development-Program-Profiles.