LAS CRUCES, NM – As of February 1st, small businesses that have experienced property damage due to the negative economic impacts of the Covid19 pandemic will be able to apply for American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) funds in the City of Las Cruces.
Through the Economic Development Department, the City is allocating up to $400,000 in federal ARPA funds to support the economic recovery of small businesses.
Local officials reported that through the Small Business Façade Repair Program, establishments can apply for up to $2,500 in grant funds to help repair property damage occurring on or after January 1, 2021.
Applications will open this Wednesday, February 1, 2023, and interested parties can apply through the city’s website www.LasCruces.gov.
The façade repair funds will help applicants cover costs to fix current property damage or reimburse business owners for out-of-pocket expenses paid for previous affectations.
The City Council reported that eligible property damage includes, but is not limited to, broken windows, broken doors, graffiti, forced locks, damage to landscaping and etchings on windows. In addition, the grant will not cover loss of stolen property or preventative measures such as guards, cameras, or window or door coverings.
It was also stressed that the City will accept applications from small businesses on a rolling basis until all funds have been expended. In addition, it was reported that only one application per business may be submitted, the owner must show EIN, Social Security number, UBI number, business license number, home and/or business address.
If all funds are not expended by February 1, 2024, the City will consider a second round of funding that would be open to previous grant recipients.
Applicants were advised to review eligibility, required documentation, the selection process and additional information prior to submitting their request. All ARPA funding will be subject to City, State and Federal audit requirements.
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