Chamber starts small business grant program

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BOURBON COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – A group of businesses and busiess groups are uniting in Paris and Bourbon County to help other small businesses get through the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The Paris-Bourbon County Chamber of Commerce has started the “It Takes a Village Community Grant Cooperative.” It’s a partnership among the Chamber of Commerce, Bluegrass Federal Savings and Loan, Kentucky Bank, Hunt Advantage Group, Dan Cummins, Hinkle Contacting, Bourbon County Farm Bureau Board of Directors, and Hartfield and Co., to provide $500 or $1,000 grants to businesses.

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“Three months ago, businesses across the Commonwealth were told to limit access to their business or completely shut down altogether due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. This left many business owners questioning what their future might look like,” noted Chamber Director Lauren Biddle. “With that in mind, and with the idea that those who have a little extra give to those who can multiply it, the It Takes a Village Community Grant Cooperative was born.

“This is truly a testament of how important it is to live in a tight-knit community. All of these partners were also impacted during the shutdown, and it stung for them as well, but they chose to take part for the greater good of Bourbon County,”  Biddle continued.

The grant will be awarded to several small businesses in Bourbon County who meet the following criteria:
• Has 49 employees or less.
• Is considered for-profit.
• Be able to provide how they plan to use the grant money.
• Be able to describe how they were directly impacted from the COVID-19 pandemic.
• Have been open prior to March 13, 2020.
• Must be located in Bourbon County.



Grantees will be determined by the It Takes a Village Community Grant Cooperative Committee, made up of the Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce and a representative from each organization in the cooperative.
Applications are available on the Chamber’s new blog platform, The Local (www.livelocalonline.com).

Applications are due back to the Chamber via email no later than July 8, 2020. All applications should be returned to chamber@parisky.com.