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Local organization offering grants to small businesses hurt by the pandemic, looting

My Block, My Hood, My City is accepting applications through July 1.

Jahmal Cole, founder of My Block, My Hood, My City,
Jahmal Cole, founder of My Block, My Hood, My City, announced Tuesday his organization is accepting applications for small-business grants of up to $7,500.
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If you’re the owner of a small business in the city that’s been hurt by the pandemic or the recent looting, you can now apply for a grant of up to $7,500.

The nonprofit organization My Block, My Hood, My City has raised about $1 million to help businesses recover, the organization announced Tuesday.

“We take care of people, no matter what. We adapt to the needs of the community,” founder Jahmal Cole said in a statement. “When we saw small businesses in our community struggling to reopen during the pandemic, and then damaged by looters during protests, we knew we had to step up. We are grateful for the overwhelming response to help these small businesses recover and reopen as soon as possible.”

Eligible businesses must be located within city limits; employ 20 or fewer full-time workers when at full capacity; and annual revenues of up to $2 million in 2019.

Uses for the grant money include to repair or replace damaged or stolen equipment, restock perishable inventory (excluding alcohol) and provide personal protective equipment for staff.

“The businesses that need help are diverse and located all over the city,” Cole said. “From diamond stores downtown to food trucks in Garfield Park, we will focus on essential businesses that serve our communities. At the heart of the work we do, we’re just trying to do some good and provide relief for those that need it, doing whatever it takes to make a difference.”

The application process runs through July 1. To learn more, go to formyblock.org.