To speed the process of recovery, the Lake Area Rotary Club Association created a Fire Relief Grant Fund program available to small businesses affected by the fires of Lake County.
The goal of this grant program is to assist in fire recovery for businesses in the area of the fires with an emphasis on getting store front, agriculture, and home businesses back into operation and preventing them from closing due to losses suffered as a result of the fires. Grants of up to $2,000 per business were made based upon need.
LARCA earmarked $80,000 for this fund and the Middletown Merchants added another $20,000, for a total of $100,000.
To date $89,000 in grants have been distributed to over 45 small businesses in the fire areas. The program has been a success as most of the businesses were not able to get funds from the Small Business Administration, FEMA, or other relief organizations. They all were extremely grateful for the help and vowed to be there for the community, as we all know that small businesses are the lifeblood of a community.
There are some funds left in the program. If you want to apply, you can complete a grant application online or download a printable application HERE. Completed printable applications should be mailed to:
LARCA Business Grant Program
P. O. Box 2921
Clearlake, CA 95422