Flushing Chamber receives grant to assist area businesses

FLUSHING —The Flushing Area Chamber of Commerce has received a grant from the Flushing Area Community Fund to support local businesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The grant, which totals $4,000, will be re-granted by the chamber to business owners in the City of Flushing and Flushing Township who have experienced losses in revenue during the last eight months of closures and reductions in working capacities. Granted funds will be used to cover operation expenses such as rent and utilities, wages and salaries, accounting and legal fees, property taxes and overhead costs like selling, general and administration expenses.

Although personal protective equipment (PPE) is not an immediate need for most businesses at this time, business owners may also use funds for PPE as well.

Mary Smith, board secretary for the Flushing Chamber, said that individual grant funds will be distributed to selected businesses by a subcommittee representing distinguished members from the Chamber, the City of Flushing and Flushing Township.

“At this point, we are planning on awarding eight grants of $500 each,” said Smith. “But that could be more as we will be accepting donations until Feb. 16, 2021, through our website and social media to increase the grants.”

Grant applications are now available for business owners through Feb. 15. Any type of business can apply for the grants as long it’s located in the city or township of Flushing.

Flushing and Flushing Township will be working with chamber members and the Flushing Area Community Fund to administer the grant, using social media platforms and their websites to promote the grant to business owners.

To apply for a grant through the Flushing Chamber, log on to flushingchamber.com.