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The Athens Downtown Development Authority Small Business Resiliency Grant is intended to support small businesses and their employees in downtown Athens who are significantly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak: https://downtownathensga.org/covid-19-downtown-athens-small-business-grant.
The U.S. Small Business Administration Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources describes important resources available: https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources.
The Athens Area Chamber of Commerce has links to additional resources and helpful information regarding business relief efforts: https://www.athensga.com/covid-19-resources.
At least $3 million of local funding has already been dedicated to helping with recovery, with the process of disbursement still being determined. Many other options will be explored in the coming weeks and months.
No. The TSPLOST and SPLOST laws provide that TSPLOST/SPLOST funds can only be used to fund Capital Improvement Projects. Further, the Georgia Supreme Court has ruled that the governing authority is obliged to use proceeds from the TSPLOST/SPLOST for the projects approved in the referendum by the voters.
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If your bank cannot provide support or if you don’t have a local bank, a collaboration of local organizations (Oconee, Oglethorpe and Athens Area Chambers as well as the NE Ga Business Alliance and Envision Athens) will provide assistance in getting you directly connected to a local lending institution.
Take a few minutes to answer questions at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1OrzPCPUmJBLiLW60W_Wxf-1obbq5ruVhqkxqzw8gXCw/edit. These questions are needed before connecting with a local banker.
You may also send an email to NEGaPPPhelp@athensga.com.