April 8, 2020


In response to the hardships that its small businesses are facing, the City of Walhalla has announced it will be accepting applications for the Small Business Retention Grant beginning Thursday, April 9. The new program was approved unanimously by the city council on April 7th, is to be administered by the Main Street Walhalla Program and funded by the Walhalla Downtown Development Corporation (WDDC).  Applicants will complete and submit applications online or via mail. The applications will be presented to the Downtown Development Corporation Board of Directors for approval. Applications will be reviewed within seven days of receipt, and accepted participants should expect checks within two weeks of applying. There is no set deadline to apply, applications will be reviewed weekly and the grant will be renewed monthly until the state of emergency is lifted or depletion of reserved funds.

Eligible businesses can apply for grants to help with:

  • Rent/mortgage payments
  • Employee support (salaries, insurance, paid leave)
  • Utilities (electricity, phone, internet, etc.)
  • Purchase of COVID-19 supplies for business protection or cleaning
  • Purchase of supplies to offer alternative business access (curbside, pickup, delivery)
  • Expenses associated with marketing the business

The city of Walhalla is one of the first cities in the state to offer financial assistance to its business community. A town of just under 4500, Walhalla joined the Main Street Program in January 2020 and is committed to growing its downtown businesses and creating a thriving Main Street district. This grant will help to carry its small businesses through the COVID-19 outbreak.

Link to application: , or email info@mainstreetwalhalla for a printable version.

For more information or to schedule interviews of photos, please contact:

Libby Imbody
Main Street Walhalla
(864) 977-0222

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