RACINE – A total of six businesses that applied for the West Racine Business Recovery Program (WRBRP) were visited over the last two weeks by Mayor Cory Mason, who was delivering relief checks. A total of $60,000 was granted to these businesses as part of the program.
The WRBRP, which began in November of 2021, is twofold. First, it serves as a response to the struggles brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic where businesses saw great economic impact. Secondly, the Washington Avenue reconstruction project lasted an entire year causing even more financial hardship to businesses.
Businesses who are eligible can receive a grant for $10,000 from the City of Racine “to help them recover from the one-two punch delivered by COVID and construction,” said Shannon Powell in a news release. Grants were offered for an array of business expenses including payroll, inventory, equipment purchase and rent/mortgage payments.
To date, six businesses have received grants for $10,000 each:
- Wegner Vision Clinic
- Gold Bear Trading Company
- DeRango The Pizza King
- Infusino’s Pizza Carryout LLC
- Wilson’s Coffee & Tea LLC
- Nissi’s Cake Room
West Racine Business Recovery Program Grants Still Available
Mayor Mason proposed this grant program with a solid grip on the reality that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought businesses financial hardship, and to some, ruin. Adding in the year-long construction made things even worse for many of our local shops.
Grant money is still available. Businesses along the Washington Avenue corridor are encouraged to apply for these grants from the City of Racine.
“Between the pandemic and construction, businesses have had a difficult time keeping their doors open these last few years. I proposed creating these grants because as a City, we want the businesses to know we value and support them. I was proud to be able to visit the awardees this week and deliver checks, which I know will be put to good use. However, we still have resources available, so if you are a business in the corridor and you’re still working to catch up from the last two years – please, reach out and apply,” said City of Racine Mayor Cory Mason.
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