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Bascom to host business grant info sessions
HURRICANE MICHAEL RECOVERY

Bascom to host business grant info sessions

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Bascom will host special informational meetings at town hall on Friday, Feb. 26 and on Thursday, March 11, to communicate with businesses there about a grant the town is seeking to help them recover from Hurricane Michael.

The town hall is at 4969 Basswood Road in Bascom.

The Hometown Revitalization Program meetings are 9-10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 26, and at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 11.

The $60 million Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery grant program for low-to-moderate income commercial areas is the target of Bascom’s attempt to help secure some local dollars.

It is a competitive application process, and the town is now accepting interest forms from businesses that would like to be included in the application to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), which manages the grant program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Forms will be available at the Feb. 26 and March 11 meetings, along with information about how to link to it online.

To be considered eligible to participate in the Hometown Revitalization Program, businesses must meet certain criteria: They must be located in one of the six HUD/DEO –eligible low-to-moderate income (LMI) target areas, must have suffered damage from the hurricane, must be registered with the state of Florida, and must have at least two full-time employees currently and as of the date of the storm.

The Bascom-area HUD/DEO-eligible LMI area is situated on Basswood Road between State Road 156A and Oak Drive.

Eligible improvements and repairs might include roof repair/replacement, landscaping, signage replacement, window, door and awning replacements, exterior painting, parking lot repairs or restriping, and repair or replacement of gutters, exterior lighting, and repair of electrical wiring.

For more information, email: townofbascom@centurylink.net.

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