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Ohio to offer $429.5 million in CARES Act funds to businesses, non-profits

Individuals, families, small businesses, restaurants and bars, rural hospitals, higher education, non-profits and the arts may go to beginning Nov. 2, 2020 to apply for assistance.

Monday, October 26th 2020, 8:30 AM EST by Ms. Cigornai Sapp

Streamed live on October 23, 2020

”Watch: Gov Mike DeWine announces CARES act distribution” full video from the link below:

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced the state is asking the state controlling board to spend $429.5 million of the CARES Act funds to help businesses, and non-profits on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. 

Individuals, families, small businesses, restaurants and bars, rural hospitals, higher education, non-profits and the arts may go to

beginning Nov. 2, 2020 to apply for assistance.

The Small Business Relief Grant is designed to provide relief to Ohio businesses that have been negatively affected by COVID-19.

Governor Mike DeWine has designated up to $125 million of funding received by the State of Ohio from the federal CARES Act to provide $10,000 grants to small businesses to help them through the current crisis. The program, which will begin accepting applications November 2, 2020, will be administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency.

Beginning on November 2 at 10:00 AM, businesses can submit an application for the OSBRG Program at In order to access the application, individuals will be required to log in using an existing OH|ID or create a new OH|ID, which provides users with secure access to State of Ohio services and programs. For more information on creating an OH|ID, visit

A business is eligible to receive only one grant under this program, and entities with the same FEIN will be considered one business for purposes of determining eligibility for the program.

For more help and guidance navigating through these Corona Virus (Covid 19) times in Ohio, check out Ohio’s official website below:

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance in Ohio

For help with unemployment in ohio, those many individuals ineligible for state unemployment benefits, including self-employed workers, 1099 tax filers and part-time, the new federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (or "PUA") program provides benefits for you here:

For those eligible, PUA benefits will be retroactive to the date they qualified, as early as February 2, 2020. The program will provide up to 39 weeks of benefits to many who historically have not qualified for unemployment benefits, such as self-employed workers, 1099 tax filers, part-time workers, and those who lack sufficient work history. Individuals who have exhausted all regular unemployment and any weekly extensions also may be eligible for the program. PUA benefits will be similar to regular unemployment benefits plus an additional $600 per week through July 25. Anyone with questions should call (833) 604-0774.

Home Relief Grant

Starting November 2, 2020, the state of Ohio, working with local Community Action Agencies, will help eligible Ohioans who are behind on rent, mortgage, and water and/or sewer utility bills catch up on past payments back to April 1, 2020 and provide additional assistance through December 30, 2020. Ohioans can apply for assistance through their local Community Action Agency starting November 2, 2020. Look here for further information and how to apply:

Size of Household

Total Household Income 12 Months

1 up to $25,520

2 up to $34,480

3 up to $43,440

4 up to $52,400

5 up to $61,360

6 up to $70,320

7 up to $79,280

8 up to $88,240

For households with more than eight (8) members, add $8,960 for each additional member.

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