County set to release more than $700,000 in relief funds for local businesses

Malheur County has kicked off a relief program for local businesses hammered by the Covid epidemic. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell)

VALE – Malheur County is coming to the rescue of local businesses hit by Covid, preparing to hand out more than $700,000 to qualifying businesses.

The county is now taking applications with a priority to help businesses in the hospitality industry, merchants impacted by the recent Covid freeze and small businesses, women, black, indigenous, people of color and tribal-owned businesses.

The number of eligible businesses couldn’t be determined, but the county listed 150 in the hospitality business in Malheur County.

The $768,183 in state money will be dispensed in the form of a grant, with the amount based on a businesses’ number of full-time employees, up to $5,000 per worker.

To qualify . . .