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By Mike S Payton, Contributing Reporter

DELRAY BEACH, FLORIDA – This morning, June 3rd, the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) announced they have designated $30,000 to assist small storefront businesses within the DDA District that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Monogram Closet, Delray Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida
The Monogram Closet, located at 182 NW 5th Ave., is an example of a business within downtown Delray Beach that had been forced to close or change their operation, photo by DDA.

The Downtown Delray Local Business Relief Assistance Grant program will award up to thirty businesses with $1,000 grants. The grants are designed to serve as flexible emergency funding to assist small storefront, for-profit businesses including retail, gallery, independent restaurant or retail service business with a physical location within downtown Delray Beach.

“As an unfortunate result of these extraordinary times, all non-essential businesses within downtown Delray Beach had been forced to close or change their operation,” said Laura Simon, Executive Director, Delray Beach DDA.

“Downtown Delray Beach is home to over 96 percent small businesses with many in operation along Atlantic Avenue for over ten years, and now this integral fabric of the community is facing an unprecedented crisis.”

Grant criteria includes the small business being open and operating for over five years, have 25 employees or less and be locally owned and operated. The online application will go live on June 16th at 8AM and the deadline for submission is 11:59 PM on June 17th.

Submitted applications will be reviewed based on time stamp received, and thirty qualified businesses will each be awarded a $1,000 grant by June 19th. Grants recipients must provide the DDA with proof of how the funds were used within sixty days of receipt of the grant funds.

Interested businesses may visit their web page to review the application criteria and prepare responses and supporting documents for when the submission process opens. Please direct all questions to grants@downtowndelraybeach.com.

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