The response to the WestyRISE Business Grant program has been overwhelming, and we are working diligently to review and process the applications we have received since the launch on Monday morning. At this time, we have received over 400 applications and need time for our staff to complete the intake and verification of information. We are, therefore, closing this application window effective at midnight, April 14th, 2020, which is this evening.
We anticipate that this grant program, which is operating on a first-come, first-served basis, will be fully subscribed to by those who have already applied. Please note, however, that as we screen applications against the eligibility criteria, not every applicant will qualify for this program. We, therefore, reserve the option of reopening this program should additional resources be available once we have completed review of this round of applications.
Please continue to check our Economic Development website regularly for updated information on a range of COVID-19 related business resources. Information is changing frequently, and we are here to continue to provide assistance in navigating this challenging environment. Also, please note that our staff is currently placing “Care Calls” to all of our businesses and making sure that we have current information so we can reach you with critical information.
The City will also be evaluating additional options in moving forward with assistance to the business community and will bring those back to City Council for consideration and feedback. We thank you for your commitment to our community, your perseverance in difficult times, and your desire to work in partnership with us.