Less than two weeks from the end of the application period, San Joaquin County still has about $11 million to give out in grants to local small businesses.

The county received $15 million in federal relief funding this spring and set up a program to support small businesses and nonprofits that had been hurt by the coronavirus pandemic.

The first round of grants was given out in June. The county and its partners processed 500 applications and approved 375 grants, giving out more than $3 million and about 19,000 masks.

County supervisors approved a second round of grants earlier this summer and began taking applications in July. The application deadline is Aug. 31.

There are three cash grant programs for businesses of different sizes, ranging from one-person operations to those with 250 full-time employees. There’s also a fourth program that supplies protective equipment to area businesses.

Details and applications for each program can be found on the county’s website at www.sjgov.link/grants.

Contact the Tracy Press at tpnews@tracypress.com or 835-3030.

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