St. Louis County makes $3 million in CARES Act funding available to restaurants, small businesses

Grants of up to $5,000 to cover COVID-19 related costs can be applied for.

CLAYTON, MO (KMOX) - St. Louis County is making more than $3 million dollars in CARES Act funds available to small business and restaurants.

Under what is being called the Small Business Rapid Deployment Fund, small businesses can apply for $5,000 grants to cover operating expenses or business costs. Restaurants can get the same amount to offset costs for heaters, tents and curbside service related to outdoor dining.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page is imploring qualified businesses to apply for the grants, which will be administered through the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership. He's also calling on lawmakers in Washington to approve a stimulus package, saying it should have happened months ago.

Applications for the grants open Monday, Nov 23 at 9 a.m. and will remain open until 5 pm. Monday Dec. 7. Funding may be limited based on demand. To apply go to

The announcement came on the same day that nearly 100 people were outside Page's office in St. Louis County governmental building to protest his latest coronavirus restrictions. Restaurant and bar owners, waiters, bartenders, other staff and supporters joined in the protest.

They say their being singled out by the new restrictions – which prohibited indoor dining – while other businesses like salons and gyms can still let customers inside.

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