Pittsburg City Commission approves COVID-19 relief grants for small businesses

City will launch application process some time in July.

PITTSBURG, Kan. – The City of Pittsburg has approved grants for small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The city recently received a little more than 120 thousand dollars in HUD CDBG-CV grant funding that can be dispersed among small businesses inside of Pittsburg.

City officials want the funds to help small business owners keep their businesses open, and give them some hope as the number of cases around the area continues to increase.

“The amount of money that’s coming from the CDBG program is not a lot. But, so I asked some of the businesses, in talking to them and said, you know, if this is the amount of money we get and we have to split it up amongst a lot of businesses within Pittsburg, is that a meaningful amount of money. They all said absolutely,” says Pittsburg Assistant City Manager Jay Byers. “I think we need to look at it in the long term. What is gonna be the impact, you know, this fall? That’s unknown. And we’re definitely concerned about that. But also, you know, longer-term into next year.”

The city plans to launch an application sometime in July, so small business owners can apply for funds through the city. Byers says the funds won’t be awarded on a first-come-first-served base, but instead, the decision of how much each business receives will be made by a resident-led committee.

Within that same grant, the city received a little more than 30 thousand dollars in grants for food programs.