Help our small BH businesses stay open during COVID-19. $25K in matching funds from The Connell Company are available to double your donation.
Small businesses in Berkeley Heights need our help. While the coronavirus business restrictions remain in place, many businesses were required to close, some are open but can only operate online and those that are allowed to be open have had to quickly adjust to contactless pick up and new delivery options to help us all stay safe as long as necessary.
Rent is still due. Employees need to be paid. There are operating costs that cannot be avoided.
These are the same businesses that say “YES” when asked to donate to local fundraisers. They are the same businesses that have sponsored the Winter Walk and Spring Block Party. We can’t afford to lose them.
The Connell Company has offered to match donations to “Business Aid: Berkeley Heights” up to $25,000 for “Giving Tuesday” into Wednesday, so now is the time to give, if you can.
The Business Aid:BH fund will provide emergency assistance in the form of grants to local businesses that apply. All local small businesses are encouraged and can still apply for assistance. Grants can be used to compensate employees and employee/owners for lost wages, or for insurance, inventory expenses, or other operations costs.
The grants will be distributed by an independent Grants Committee that’s
- made up of BH residents who are not affiliated with the Town or any other group or local business,
- anonymous to ensure no one can try to influence them in any way.
Grant applications go directly to the committee who will vet the businesses (making sure they are small and local) and recommend grants that will equitably distribute the funds collected to the vetted local small businesses that applied for help.
The funds are deposited into the Berkeley Heights Business & Civic group account; BHB&C is a local, non-profit status group made up of local small businesses with a 501(c)3 status. All donations are secure, tax deductible to the extent allowed by law and every dollar collected through this drive will go to local businesses that apply for this emergency assistance. The first round of grants are expected to be issued very quickly.
This emergency relief fund is now accepting VENMO (@BHBC-2020, 4 digits: 7499) in addition to PayPal (http://www.paypal.me/bhbusinesscivic) and checks.
If you’re a local small business, it’s not too late to apply for a grant. Details about Business Aid: Berkeley Heights can be found on it’s website, http://www.berkeleyheightsbusinesscivic.com/
No donation is too small, and every dollar can make a difference.