Governor DeWine Announces CARES Act Funding to Support Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Ohioans Impacted by COVID-19

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted today announced that the administration, in partnership with the General Assembly, is developing a package of more than $419.5 million CARES Act funding to help Ohioans. This package includes funding for small businesses, restaurants and bars, hospitals, higher education, arts, nonprofits, and low-income Ohioans impacted financially by the pandemic.

“We know that Ohioans are hurting, and the needs are great. We must do what we can to help them through this crisis,” said Governor DeWine. “Providing financial support to small businesses, the arts, and nonprofits will help them keep the doors open and Ohioans employed. For Ohioans in need, this assistance will help them stay in their homes, which can make all the difference.”

The package is be taken to the State Controlling Board for approval on Monday, October 26.

The package includes $125 million in CARES Act funding to provide grants to small businesses with no more than 25 employees. The grant funding will help businesses pay for a variety of expenses, including mortgage or rent payments; utility payments; salaries, wages, or compensation for employees and contractors; business supplies or equipment; and other costs. The application for the Small Business Relief Program will be available November 2, 2020 at businesshelp.ohio.gov.

“This is an incredibly trying time for small businesses. Many of them are struggling to keep the doors open and the lights on, and we need to help them get through this difficult time,” said Lt. Governor Husted. “I know from my discussions with small businesses around the state that the package we are announcing today will absolutely save businesses and jobs.”

With this package, the administration also is allocating $50 million from the Coronavirus Relief Fund to 47 Community Action Agencies to provide rent, mortgage, and water and/or sewer assistance to Ohioans in need. This assistance will help Ohioans pay outstanding balances back to April 1, 2020.

Ohio households behind on their bills with an annual income at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines will be eligible for assistance. For a family of four, that is an annual income up to $52,400. Starting November 2, 2020, Ohioans will be able to apply for assistance through their local Community Action Agency. A list of agencies can be found atbusinesshelp.ohio.gov.

The administration will also designate $37.5 million of CARES Act funding for the Bar and Restaurant Assistance Fund. This fund will be available for Ohio restaurants and bars struggling financially as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and limited in the full use of their liquor permit.

Businesses with an on-premise consumption permit will be eligible to receive $2,500 per unique business location.  Businesses need to have an active on-premise permit as of close of business October 23, 2020.  Starting November 2, permit holders will be able to apply for assistance at  businesshelp.ohio.gov.

Additionally, the package allocates $62 million in CARES Act funding for rural and critical access hospitals as the response continues for the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding may be applied to additional costs associated with the ongoing pandemic, including

various safety measures, and the purchase of critical PPE for first responders.

“We are seeing a record-breaking number of hospitalizations throughout Ohio,” said Governor DeWine. “This is deeply concerning as we are nearing the winter season. COVID-19 is not slowing down, and continues to hit our rural communities hard.”

It also includes $100 million in CARES Act funding for higher education. This funding will support critical COVID-19-related services provided at Ohio’s universities and colleges, including expanding testing for students, faculty, and staff, and mental health services.   

“Our colleges and universities have done a great job at promoting the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff this fall,” said Governor DeWine. “We know that there is a greater need for mental health services, and this funding may be put towards expanding access to those services on campuses.”

In addition, $25 million CARES Act funding will be designated for nonprofits, and $20 million to support Ohio’s world-class arts organizations. These funds will be used for costs incurred throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

To date, more than $2.1 billion Coronavirus Relief Funds have been distributed to local governments, childcare, PPE, broadband access, and other critical areas in need of financial assistance. 

Today’s announcement is supported by several Ohio organizations, including NFIB, Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies, Ohio Bankers League, and others. All quotes of support can be found on governor.ohio.gov.

NE Ohio Fireworks Displays

Well, it’s that time of year again.. When fireworks light up our skies as we celebrate our country’s independence. As I’m sure you can imagine, there are plenty of places to catch the fireworks this year and proof of such is below list of firework displays in NE Ohio. Enjoy!

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AKRON
When: Friday, July 4 at 9:45 p.m.
Where: Red, White and Blue Festival, downtown Akron

AKRON
When: Friday, July 4 at 9:45 p.m.
Where: Lock 3

ALLIANCE
When: Friday, July 4 at dusk. Rain date is July 5.
Where: Silver Park, 2930 South Union Ave.

ASHLAND
When: Friday, July 4 at dusk
Where: Community Stadium

AURORA
When: Friday, July 4 at 9:45 p.m. Rain date is July 5.
Where: West Pioneer Trail Baseball Fields

AVON
When: Friday, July 4 around 10 p.m.
Where: Lake Erie Crushers vs. Frontier Greys game

AVON LAKE
When: Thursday, July 3 at dusk
Where: Weiss Field

BAY VILLAGE
When: Friday, July 4 at 9:45 p.m. Rain date is July 5
Where: Gala Fireworks Display at Cahoon Park

BEREA
When: Friday, July 4 at 10 p.m.
Where: Grindstone Festival Fireworks at Coe Lake, 11 Berea Commons

BRATENAHL
When: Thursday, July 3 at dusk. Rain date is July 5.
Where: Bratenahl Village Park

BRECKSVILLE
When: Sunday, June 29 at 10 p.m.
Where: Brecksville, just south of Route 82 and Route 21

BROOK PARK
When: Sunday, July 13 at 10 p.m.
Where: Brook Park Home Days

BRUNSWICK
When: Saturday, July 5 at 10:30 p.m.
Where: Brunswick High School

BUCYRUS
When: Thursday, July 3 at dusk. Rain date is July 5.
Where: Crawford County Fairgrounds

CANFIELD
When: Sunday, June 29 at 10 p.m.
Where: Canfield Fairgrounds

CANTON
When: Friday, July 4 at dusk
Where: Downtown Canton/Fourth of July First Friday Event

CHARDON
When: Thursday, July 3 at 10 p.m. Rain date is 10 p.m.
Where: Chardon High School

CLEVELAND
When: Wednesday, July 2 at dusk
Where: Star-Spangled Banner Spectacular at Public Square

CLEVELAND
When: Friday, July 4 at 10 p.m.
Where: Where Lake Erie meets the Cuyahoga River in the Flats

CLYDE
When: Friday, July 4 at dusk
Where: Main Street Reservoir

EASTLAKE
When: Friday, July 4 at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Classic Park

ELYRIA
When: Wednesday, July 2 at 10:45 p.m. Rain date is July 3.
Where: West Park

FAIRLAWN
When: Sunday, June 29 at 10 p.m.
Where: Bicentennial Park on South Smith Road

FOSTORIA
When: Saturday, July 5 at dusk. Rain date is July 6.
Where: Foundation Park

GALION
When: Saturday, July 5 at dusk
Where: Heise Park

GENEVA-ON-THE-LAKE
When: Friday, July 4 at 10 p.m.
Where: Geneva-On-The-Lake Golf Course, Mrza Drive

GREEN
When: Saturday, June 28 at 10:15 p.m.
Where: FreedomFest at Boettler Park

HUDSON
When: Saturday, July 5 at dusk. Rain date is July 6.
Where: Barlow Farm Park

HURON
When: Saturday, July 5 at 10:15 p.m.
Where: Boat Basin Amphitheater

INDEPENDENCE
When: Thursday, July 3 at dusk. Rain date is July 5
Where: Elmwood Park

KENT
When: Saturday, July 5 at 9:45 p.m.
Where: 19th Annual Kent Heritage Festival in downtown Kent

LAKESIDE
When: Friday, July 4 at dusk.
Where: Lakeside Dock

LAKEWOOD
When: Friday, July 4 at 9:45 p.m.
Where: Lakewood Park

LORAIN
When: Friday, July 4 at 10 p.m.
Where: Black River Landing

LOUDONVILLE
When: Saturday, July 5 at dusk
Where: Riverside Park

MANSFIELD
When: Saturday, July 5 at dusk
Where: Red, White and Blue Fest at Charles Mill Lake Park

MANTUA
When: Friday, July 18 at 10 p.m.
Where: St. Joseph’s Ox Roast Fair on St. Joseph’s Boulevard

MAYFIELD VILLAGE
When: Saturday, June 28 at dusk. Rain date is June 29.
Where: Corner of SOM Center and Wilson Mills

MEDINA
When: Thursday, July 3 at dusk
Where: Medina Recreation Center

MENTOR
When: Friday, July 4 at 9:50 p.m.
Where: Civic Center/Park Mentor High School

NEW PHILADELPHIA
When: Saturday, July 5 at 10 p.m.
Where: Tuscora Park

NILES
When: Friday, July 4 at 10 p.m.
Where: Downtown Niles

NORTH CANTON
When: Friday, July 4 at dusk
Where: 7th St between Hoover High School and the Memorial Stadium Parking lot

NORTH LAWRENCE
When: Friday, July 4 at 10 p.m.
Where: Clays Park Resort

NORTH RANDALL
When: Saturday, July 5 at dusk
Where: ThistleDown Racino

NORTH RIDGEVILLE
When: Thursday, July 3 at dusk. Rain date is July 5.
Where: South Central Park on Avon Belden Road

OAK HARBOR
When: Thursday, July 3 at dusk
Where: Along Portage River in downtown Oak Harbor

OBERLIN
When: Thursday, July 3 at dusk. Rain date is July 5.
Where: Oberlin Recreation Complex, 225 W. Hamilton Road

ONTARIO
When: Friday, July 4 at 10 p.m.
Where: Ontario Fourth of July Festival at Ontario Middle School

ORRVILLE
When: Saturday, July 5 at 10:15 p.m.
Where: Orr Park, 400 N. Elm St.

SANDUSKY
When: Friday, July 4 and Saturday, July 5 at dusk
Where: Cedar Point, regular admission

STREETSBORO
When: Saturday, July 5 at dusk
Where: Woodside Campground

STRONGSVILLE
When: Friday, July 4 at dusk
Where: Foltz Industrial Parkway Athletic Fields

WADSWORTH
When: Thursday, July 3 at dusk
Where: The square along High Street and College Street

WESTLAKE
When: Friday, July 4 at dusk
Where: Clague Park

WILLOUGHBY
When: Friday, July 4 at 9:45 p.m.
Where: South High School

WOODVILLE
When: Saturday, July 5 at 10 p.m.
Where: Trailer Mark Park