Chamber Partners with City, County on COVID-19 Small Business Grants

The Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce, along with the City of Chillicothe and Ross County, is pleased to announce a local COVID-19 relief fund for small businesses and eligible non-profit organizations in Ross County. Funds are available for supplementing revenue and making modifications to prepare for customers.

The Ross County Board of Commissioners and the City of Chillicothe will each designate a portion of the federal CARES Act money to help fund small business grants to help supplement revenue lost due to temporary closures or reduced capacity, and costs to keep up with advanced safety measures or modifications related to COVID-19.

The funds can also assist any businesses looking to make modifications to help increase customer capacity, serve new customers, or other forward-looking ideas to increase business in the future.

“This great partnership between the Chamber and our government comes at a key time for our community,” said Chamber President and CEO Mike Throne. “These funds can help our businesses relieve financial stress and, in some cases, be the difference between staying open or closing the doors.”

The Chamber will facilitate the grants, including setting up and administering the application process through a committee that will review requests for potential payments. The process is now open at

Grants will be made available to small businesses and eligible non-profit organizations in Ross County. Small businesses are defined as those with one to fifty employees and 501c3 organizations are also eligible.

Financial awards will vary based on costs already incurred, and the financial impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the business. Monies must be spent by December 31, 2020.

For more information, call the Chamber at 740-702-2722.

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