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Athens-Clarke County Offers Loans and Grants to Small Businesses

Athens-Clarke County will start accepting applications Tuesday from small businesses for loans and grants to help them through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Available funds include $1.6 million in grants through the federal CARES Act and $1 million in revolving loans from local tax dollars.

Businesses with 10 or fewer employees that are physically located within Clarke County are eligible. Click here for a full list of requirements or to apply starting at 8 a.m. Sept. 8. The application period ends Tuesday, Sept. 22.

The funding will be disbursed by a joint development authority formed by the ACC government and the City of Winterville. For more information, email

In addition, the Northeast Georgia Business Alliance, whose mission is to expand access to capital and procurement opportunities for African-American organizations, is offering CARES Act grants from Sept. 8 through Sept. 30. Visit its website or email for more information.