Thurston Strong, an economic recovery initiative, has announced that it is expanding funding support available to local organizations, including restaurants and retailers.

Through a new infusion of CARES Act funding from Thurston County, $1.5 million in grants is now available to independently owned and operated retailers, restaurants, and food chains headquartered in Thurston County and are currently open for business. Successful applicants will receive a $10,000 grant.

A committee will review applications in the order received through Oct. 31, or until funds are depleted.

“While we know it isn’t enough to undo the damage businesses have suffered over the past six months, we hope it will help sustain them until conditions trend upward once again,” said Jason Robertson with Thurston Strong in a statement.

To review eligibility requirements and other details, visit www.thurstonstrong.org and click on the Restaurant and Retail Grant button.