Businesses and nonprofits in Spokane County facing financial hardship from the pandemic could soon have access to grants of up to $10,000 if they qualify for the county’s assistance program.

The grants are designated for small businesses that have fewer than 50 full-time equivalent employees. Non profits also are eligible for funds.

Spokane County Commissioners approved $10 million for the program and $100,000 for Greater Spokane Incorporated to administer it at the end of June. The funding is Spokane County’s portion of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, which congress approved in March. Of the $90 million received, the county has spent close to a third on business grants, contact tracing, food assistance, PPE and marketing.

County Commissioner Al French said the grants are meant to help businesses that slipped between other programs designed to minimize the economic hit of the…

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