Financial relief is available for qualified Gahanna businesses and residents who have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, thanks to the Gahanna CARES Assistance Program.

CARES refers to the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act

Funds have been awarded to the state as federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Treasury, with $380,000 allocated for Gahanna's program, according to a Sept. 8 news release from the city.

Gahanna residents and businesses may submit applications through Nov. 6.

Mayor Laurie Jadwin said the city's allocation of CARES funds would facilitate investment into the backbone of the city, its residents and small-business community.

"These funds will enable us to help residents in our community who are struggling with their rent or mortgage as a result of COVID-19, and to support the businesses that have chosen to invest in our community," she said.

Funds were distributed to local municipalities via the relief fund.

"Funds have been authorized by Congress and allocated by the Ohio legislature to the Gahanna community, and we are pleased to provide this opportunity to offer financial relief for residents facing financial hardship as a result of the pandemic," said Michael Schnetzer, a Gahanna City Council member and chairman of council's finance committee.

The maximum grant amount for individual residents is $5,000.

Jamie Leeseberg, Gahanna's council president, said he is hopeful small-business owners in need of financial support will apply and take advantage of this opportunity.

"Our small-business community is essential to the vibrancy of Gahanna, so the availability of this program for both our residents and small businesses is invaluable," he said.

The maximum grant amount is $10,000 for small businesses.

"COVID-19 has created challenges for both our residents and our businesses," Jadwin said. "Thanks to the collaborative efforts of our state and county partners, and their allocation of dollars to cities like Gahanna, we will be able to provide vital help to those residents and small businesses in our community that are most vulnerable."

Businesses and residents may submit an online application to the city at gahanna.gov. Applications will be reviewed by the city's CARES Assistance Program committee.

Eligibility requirements, including use of funds, also can be found on the city's website.

Paper applications are available at City Hall, 200 S. Hamilton Road; the Gahanna branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 310 Granville St.; and the Gahanna Senior Center, 480 Rocky Fork Blvd.

One-time grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis after committee review and approval until all funds are committed.

Applicants should contact the program-application coordinator at CARESprogram@ gahanna.gov.

Questions regarding Gahanna's CARES Assistance Program should be directed to CARESprogram@ gahanna.gov.

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