Final grants issued to local businesses

Louisa County and the town of Louisa awarded the last of the small business grants they made available with funding from federal coronavirus relief.

The county gave $10,000 each in early December to 11 businesses at the end of the third and final round of grants. Nine other applications were rejected for a variety of reasons, such as an inability to document a loss of revenue as a result of the economic downturn.

The total amount the county provided during the three rounds was $214,000. Four of the 11 businesses that accepted grants this month had also received aid during the earlier funding cycle. The total number of county grants was 22.

The town, which established criteria for its small business grants that were similar to the county’s, provided nine grants of up to $10,000 each, according to Town Manager Liz Nelson. 

Many counties in Virginia used a portion of their federal CARES Act assistance to help small businesses. Some localities in Central Virginia, including Orange and Culpeper counties, also made grants to people struggling with child care expenses. 

“Staff didn’t present that to us as an option,” said Louisa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bob Babyok (Green Springs District). “We were trying to help businesses keep people employed. We thought that would have the most net benefit to our residents. The other benefit to residents is that by keeping the businesses open, people could keep shopping there.”

The county and town criteria for the December grants included that businesses have a physical location in Louisa and were established on or before Jan. 1, 2020. They must have experienced revenue losses and either were forced to close due to the governor’s executive orders related to the pandemic, or have a minimum of two full-time employees. Two 20-hour-per-week employees equal one working full-time. 

Other criteria included that a business paid its local taxes prior to March 1, and gross receipts were limited to less than $2 million per year. Banks and other financial institutions were not eligible, nor were franchises, unless they are locally owned and operated.

One town of Louisa business was denied a grant because it opened on Jan. 10, missing the cutoff by nine days. Wanda Colvin, the county’s finance director, noted that even if a business opened earlier, it would still have to present financial data to document a revenue loss. 

The county compared revenue from similar time periods, Colvin said; for example, a three-month period in 2019 was compared to the same length of time during the pandemic.

The following is a list of businesses that received county and town grants. An asterisk denotes a business that received grants during two county funding rounds.

COUNTY GRANTS:

Abundant Love Child Development Center  

April Nails & Spa  

Callie Opie’s Orchard Restaurant

Cooling Pond Brewery

Coyote Hole Ciderworks  

James Barber Shop

Kara Nails and Spa 

Kenny’s Central Tire 

Lake Anna Taphouse 

Ms. Elizabeth’s Daycare*

Nourish Louisa*  

Obrigados/Floozies*  

Performing Arts 2000  

Prospect Hill Plantation  

Roma’s Italian Restaurant  

Safe & Sound Driving School 

Subway of Louisa  

Sunny Day Market & Deli*

TOWN GRANTS:

Boxley Place Inn

Julie Hall's Cleaning Service

Kenny's

Nourish Louisa

Obrigados/Floozies

Roma’s Italian Restaurant  

Safe & Sound Driving School 

Subway of Louisa

Performing Arts 2000

Note: This article was updated after the print edition was published.

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