Small Business grants

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Starting today, Athens businesses and nonprofits can apply for the second round of the Joint Development Authority Emergency Grant and Loan Program. 


Funded through the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government and the federal CARES Act, the Emergency Revolving Loan and Grant Program is designed to support small businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19.

Grants range from $750 to $14,385, and low interest loans range from $3,000 to $12,500.

Northeast Georgia Business Alliance

There’s still time for small business owners to apply for financial assistance from a partnership between the Athens-Clarke government and the Northeast Georgia Business Alliance Foundation. Mayor Kelly Girtz says these funds are for companies with one to 10 employees. 

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Athens-Clarke County

Time is running out for small business owners in Athens to apply for local emergency grants and loans through the Joint Development Authority. The money is funded through the ACC Government and federal CARES Act..

“The deadline is coming up Tuesday, September 22nd at midnight. Just Google terms for the “Joint Development Authority” and it will come right up as a top result. You’ll have the application right there online, and there's also information you can access to call into the city to get help filling out the application.