Nearly 2000 businesses apply to Williamson County small-business grant in first day – Community Impact Newspaper

Nearly 2,000 businesses applied to the Williamson County small-business grant program in the first day. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Williamson County’s small-business grant program, Wilco Forward, received nearly 2,000 applicants in its first day, the county tweeted May 7.

The program opened at 5:30 p.m. May 6 in an effort to help area small-businesses owners who have been financially affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

By 4:44 p.m., exactly 1,887 applications were received and 18 checks were already in the mail, the tweet said.

On May 5, the Williamson County Commissioners Court finalized the program, which would provide assistance to business owners who have fewer than 100 employees and are the sole proprietors with up to $30,000.

In late April, the county received $93 million in federal coronavirus aid. Of that, the court set aside $25 million for the program.

Other criteria includes that the business must have opened by Feb. 15; it must use the funding between March 27 and Sept. 30; and it is expected to maintain consistent total full-time employees during the program.

Businesses have until June 30 to apply, but money is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis until funding runs out.

For more information, visit www.wilco.org/forward.