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New grant for small businesses in St. Lucie County

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FILE – In this May 21, 2020 file photo, Lillian Fechter folds merchandise to be displayed for sale on a socially distanced table in a tasting area at the Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Geyserville, Calif. The U.S. government’s small business lending program sent pandemic relief money into unexpected corners of the entertainment industry. Francis Ford Copppola, director of “The Godfather” and “Apocalypse Now,” received a loan of between $5 million and $10 million that went to workers at his winery. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

When we take a stroll around our neighborhoods we see all of our favorite small businesses closed or struggling to reopen due to the wrath of the pandemic.

The global pandemic has wiped out many of our favorite places to eat and shop, the neighborhood is very different and kind of sad.

Now we have some good news to share with them.

St. Lucie County announced Wednesday a new program to help small businesses impacted by the pandemic.

The St. Lucie Recovers Small Business Assistance grant program allows qualified businesses to receive up to 10,000 if they have up to 50 employees and total revenue of less than $5 million.

Priority will be given to businesses that did not receive COVID-19 funding through other federal, state or local programs.

Officials said funds can be used to cover rent, utilities, reopening costs and new operational expenses needed to ensure safety measures.

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