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Downtown Kenosha Inc. accepting grant applications for businesses affected by unrest
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Kenosha unrest relief

Downtown Kenosha Inc. accepting grant applications for businesses affected by unrest

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Downtown Kenosha Inc. and the Kenosha Lakeshore Business Improvement District spearheaded a community effort to help owners clean up and board up their store fronts during civil unrest in late August.

Downtown Kenosha Inc. is accepting grant applications through Monday for businesses affected by unrest in the city.

The organization raised more than $250,000 to help businesses in the aftermath of protests and rioting following the shooting of Jacob Blake by a Kenosha Police officer on Aug. 23. Many businesses in the city — especially in the Uptown and Downtown areas — were affected, some completely destroyed by fires, others with more minor issues including broken windows or lost business.

The One Town Small Business Recovery Grant will provide one-time grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.

“The goal of this program is to stabilize local businesses and repair damages utilizing the funds raised by Downtown Kenosha, Inc. following the unrest,” the group stated.

Although Downtown Kenosha is typically focused on the Lakeshore Business Improvement District, the grant program is open to businesses around the city.

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The organization is asking businesses to share their story as part of the application.

“Please provide as much detail as possible about your former operations, how you have been affected in every aspect of your lives from these events, and how you plan to move forward.”

The grant application period opened Monday and will remain open through midnight on Monday, Oct. 12. The grant is available online at the Downtown Kenosha website. Staff is available to help applicants with documents and questions.

A committee was created to go through the applications. That group is expected to make their decisions during the week of Oct. 19, and grant announcements will be made public the week of Oct. 26.

Downtown Kenosha is still accepting donations for the program.

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