COVID Recovery Grant provides support to local businesses
The City of Leduc and Leduc & Wetaskiwin Regional Chamber of Commerce teamed up over the last month to administer the COVID Recovery Grant – a program aiming to provide practical support to local businesses who are struggling under the pandemic restrictions. To date, 81 local businesses have applied to receive funding to access professional bookkeeping and accounting services to assess and apply for federal and provincial grants.
“We know that our business community has been hit very hard by the pandemic, and we’re committed to collaborating with our local partners to seek innovative and practical opportunities to provide them with supports that will really make a difference,” says Leduc Mayor Bob Young. “Being able to access provincial and federal grant dollars is a critical factor in the ability for many local businesses to keep their doors open and continue serving our community as the pandemic wears on.”
The COVID Recovery Grant is an outcome of the Economic Support and Recovery Task Force – a collaboration between Leduc City Council and administration, the Chamber and the Downtown Business Association that meets regularly to address the needs of the business community and partner on responsive and relevant solutions to the issues that are identified.
“We are grateful to our partners at the Chamber and DBA for their knowledge, creativity and collaboration as we combine our efforts to address the vital and ever-evolving needs of Leduc businesses,” says Mayor Young. “Our business community is an essential contributor to the livelihood and culture of our city, and we will continue to do whatever we can to help see them through these tough times.”
Since the launch of the COVID Recovery Grant, other municipalities have expressed interest in creating a similar offering to their business community including the City of Wetaskiwin and City of St. Albert in Alberta, and the Town of Comox in British Columbia. Grant applications are still being accepted – for more information, please visit the Chamber’s website.
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Natalie Hillier, Lead, Communications