PATERSON, NJ - Passaic County officials and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) have extended the deadline for business owners to apply for the COVID-19 small business grant to July 8th at 5:00pm. The original deadline was June 30. 

“The grant extension is great news for our small businesses and non-profit organizations in Passaic County,” said Freeholder Director Sandi Lazzara. “Our county benefits from every single small business and social service agency in our community, and we urge those who haven’t applied yet to take advantage of this opportunity to help alleviate some of the financial burdens this pandemic has caused.”

The $10 million grant program allocated for Passaic County businesses and organizations is part of Phase 2 of the NJEDA’s Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program. The county grant program will allow businesses and non-profits with fewer than 25 employees to apply for the grant, on a first come, first served basis.

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“The NJEDA and Passaic County share Governor Phil Murphy’s commitment to getting funding to recovering small businesses quickly and efficiently. We are also committed to ensuring funding goes to businesses that need it the most,” said NJEDA CEO Tim Sullivan. “The COVID-19 outbreak created unprecedented challenges for all businesses, but the data shows it hit minority- and women-owned businesses particularly hard. Our collaboration with the County will maximize our collective resources to assist businesses that need help recovering from this crisis while bringing us closer to Governor Murphy’s vision of a stronger and fairer New Jersey economy.”

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