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The Pierce County Council approved this week an ordinance that approves the use of $4 million from the county’s general fund to support local businesses.

The ordinance’s passage came three days before Pierce County “rolls back” to Phase 2 of the state’s COVID-19 reopening plan.

According to a county release, the ordinance creates a new program that offers a one-time, need-based grant of up to $10,000 for eligible businesses. It also authorizes the Pierce County Economic Development Director to not only administer the program but direct the department to do outreach in Pierce County to raise awareness of the resource.

Funding is available to restaurants, in-store retailers, farmers markets, gyms, and other business types. Businesses and nonprofits are also eligible for a grant if they have 20 or fewer full-time equivalent employees, the release stated.

“We hope this money helps businesses stay open over the next three weeks until the next review of case numbers in Pierce County,” council chair Derek Young said in the release.

To learn more, including additional eligibility criteria, head to the Pierce County website.