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Patio Grant Applications Complete


The Bernalillo County Economic Development Department received 39 patio grant applications designed to offer gap funding for restaurants, outside the city limits of Albuquerque, who operate outdoor dining facilities.

“This is the county stepping up in an effort to help the small business owners,” says County Commission Vice Chair Charlene Pyskoty. “Our restaurant owners and employees work hard and shouldn’t have to suffer while the world grapples with the pandemic.”

Economic Development received 39 applications, and of those only 25 qualified for assistance under the funding provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

“The businesses that didn’t qualify were all inside the city limits, but were referred to the city’s patio grant program,” says Bernalillo County Economic Development Director Mayling Armijo. “This grant is only for businesses outside the boundaries of the City of Albuquerque and we are happy that we could provide some relief during this challenging time.”

Economic Development will now screen each application and begin distributing checks by the middle of August.

Regardless of whether a business owner is eligible for this patio grant, they may still qualify for other existing assistance programs.

The county intends to begin taking another round of applications for the CARES grant, for any business in Bernalillo County, beginning Aug. 17. Information about the application process will be posted on www.bernco.gov when it becomes available.




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