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Posted on: June 30, 2020

Commissioners Launch ReSTART Ashtabula County

County Commissioners Launch Small Business CARES Act Grants

New program aimed at helping businesses hit by pandemic


JEFFERSON, OH (June 30, 2020) – Ashtabula County Commissioners have launched ReSTART ASHTABULA COUNTY - a new $250,000 grant program targeted at helping small businesses impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic.  It will award up to $10,000 to small businesses who qualify for the program.

“This pandemic had a significant impact on our small business owners and negatively affected our local economy,” said Casey Kozlowski, President of the Ashtabula County Commissioners. “With the recent passage of the CARES Act and Ohio House Bill 481, we are focusing first on providing assistance to our small businesses so we can get our economy stabilized again.”

Ashtabula County Commissioners received nearly $1.1 million in funding from the CARES Act and Ohio House Bill 481 for necessary expenditures incurred due to COVID-19.  Eligible expenditures include medical expenses, payroll expenses for employees who are “substantially dedicated” to responding to COVID-19, actions to facilitate compliance with public health measures, expenses reasonably necessary to the function of government, and a provision of economic support to the community.

“I encourage our small business owners to apply immediately so they can get the help they need to recover from this pandemic,” said Commissioner Kathryn Whittington. “These businesses sacrificed to protect the health of our citizens and now it’s our turn to help them.”

To qualify for the grant program, businesses must:

  • Be locally owned and operated in Ashtabula County
  • Demonstrate a negative impact and revenue loss of 30% or more as a result of COVID-19
  • Have more than 2 but fewer than 25 full-time equivalent employees
  • Be current on all state, federal and local taxes
  • Annual gross receipts of less than $2,000,000

“Small businesses are the backbone of our local economy,” said Commissioner J.P. Ducro IV. “They add vibrancy and culture to our communities and provide employment opportunities for many of our citizens.”

Small business grant applications are available starting July 1, 2020 and must be submitted by July 31, 2020.  The application is available on-line at  There is the potential for more funding once this first round is completed.

ReSTART Ashtabula County website
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