Sharon Awards COVID Grants to 34 Businesses

SHARON, Pa. – The city of Sharon awarded grants totaling $284,959 to 34 public and private entities to help them cope with the coronavirus and its impact.

The funds, through the federal Community Development Block Grant program, were provided under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act – or Cares – Act, according to a news release from the city.

City Council unanimously supported using the funds to support Sharon businesses. With the approved allocation, all qualified applicants will receive funds to support 90% of unmet needs, as listed in their grant application budgets.

The city news release did not identify the businesses and organizations that received the funding.

“Ironically, during this time of social distancing, the grant application process has brought us together,” said Melissa Phillips, city community and economic development director.

“Many unique businesses call Sharon home, and our entrepreneurs have made new connections with one another,” she continued. “The city will continue to facilitate these connections as we move forward.”

Additionally, the city allocated $35,000 in CDBG-CV funds to support a food assistance program managed by the Shenango Valley Chamber of Commerce. The chamber used a portion of this funding to continue the Sharon Backpack Program during July and August.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.