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Pasco offers grants for businesses who need help buying protection equipment

Pasco County Commission sets aside $1 million to help businesses with the cost of equipment to protect staffers and the community from spread of the coronavirus.

NEW PORT RICHEY — The Pasco County Commission on Tuesday approved spending $1 million to help struggling local businesses pay for the cost of personal protective equipment needed to protect their staff and the community from the coronavirus.

Funding will come from the $96.7 million the county received through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. The money will provide up to $1,000 per business, for up to 1,000 businesses. Pasco Emergency Management will administer the program, which will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis through an on-line application process.

To qualify, businesses must be a for-profit, privately-held small business established prior to March 1. It must be a Pasco County business with between two and 50 employees, and most of those employees must live in Pasco County.

Eligible equipment includes masks, face shields, gowns, gloves, hand sanitizers and disinfectant products.

Businesses not eligible for the grants are those which receive more than 30 percent of their income from legal gambling, those involving performance or sales of products related to indecent sexual behavior, massage parlors, hot tub establishments or escort services.

Those interested should watch the Pasco County website and Facebook page next week for application information.

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