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$1.5 Million in BIG Grants Awarded in 99th District, Murphy Encourages More Businesses to Apply

The second round of the Business Interruption Grant (BIG) program has begun awarding grants to provide economic relief for small businesses hit hardest by COVID-19. During this second of grants, businesses in the 99th House District have already been awarded more than $1.5 million dollars to help businesses with working capital expenses, including payroll costs; rent; utilities; and other operational costs.

The second round of grants has so far awarded $92 million of the $220 million available, and State Rep. Mike Murphy is encouraging more employers in the 99th District to take advantage of this opportunity.

The second round of BIG grants specifically aims to provide relief for all types of small businesses, but with a particular focus on businesses downstate, in disproportionately impacted areas (DIAs), and for heavily impacted industry and regions – representing businesses that have been unable to reopen or operating at a severely diminished capacity since the spring.

For more information on this unique program and how to apply, visit the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity website – Click Here.

So far, the BIG program has awarded nearly $1.8 million in grants to businesses in the 99th District.