Business Owners for more information on the Scotts Valley Grants Program

Just before Christmas on December 20, Scotts Valley announced that it had received the $ 250,000 Community Development Block Grant Cares Act funding and was preparing to distribute it. The hope was that businesses could start applying in a few weeks, although in several Scotts Valley city council meetings officials explained there were always delays, due to paperwork in Sacramento.

The City partnered with the Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Santa Cruz Small Business Development Corporation to develop and launch the program.

This kitty was created to reimburse eligible businesses for rent, mortgage and utilities costs related to the pandemic. Expenses incurred between April 2020 and December 2021 count.

Brian Haddix, who was Scott’s Valley interim city manager in the fall, said he was proud of the work he did to help put the pieces of the puzzle together.

For mom-and-pop stores, a little infusion of capital goes a long way, he noted.

“When you’re a small business owner, it’s about: Can I do the payroll? Can I place orders? ‘ ”Haddix said. “It’s like week to week.”

When contacted in December, Haddix said the top priorities he was working on had already been completed, so he voluntarily agreed to leave soon after discussing them with Timm. Casey Estorga, the city’s director of administrative services, was appointed interim city manager until Mali LaGoe took over as permanent general manager.

“It’s like a plane coming in to land,” he said. “I hadn’t heard that he hadn’t landed.”

Haddix said he was surprised to learn that there had been a state-level delay for relief from the commercial pandemic.

Timm says the cash injection will provide key support to local businesses that have been blown by the winds from the coronavirus pandemic.

“The funding is helping support business owners who have maintained their operations and retained their employees despite lost income, throughout the pandemic,” he said in a statement.

Officials say they expect the money to start flowing in February.

A Zoom “Town Hall” meeting will take place on Thursday, January 13 at 6 p.m. to allow local businesses to learn more about the grant program and discuss the application process. The Zoom link and information on eligibility requirements and the grant application process are all available online at ScottsValley.org. For more information, contact the City of Scotts Valley at 831-440-5610.

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