CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Coral Springs business owners are getting help in applying for government grants and loans to survive the economic fallout from the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Coral Springs officials announced Thursday the launch of “Connecting Local Businesses to Grants and Loans” program that will help owners apply for state and federal assistance to pay for rent, staff costs, and other essential expenses.

The city’s economic development and budget staffs will work one-on-one with owners in applying for assistance through the application process.

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“These applications can be cumbersome and take a lot of time and we’re here to help business owners get through them and answer their questions,” said Kristi Bartlett, director of economic development for Coral Springs.

The new program’s goal is to reduce the number of layoffs in the Coral Springs area by helping companies apply for the federal Paycheck Protection Program and similar programs, Bartlett said.

Local businesses interested in participating in the program are asked to fill out the program request form on the city’s website. Once each request is reviewed, city staff members will contact the business.