30 Bedford Businesses Receive COVID-19 Grant Funding

(BEDFORD) – A public hearing was held Monday night to update residents and Bedford City Council members of the recipients of the COVID-19 Grant Funding.

Officials say 45 businesses applied for the grant. Some of those who applied were not from Bedford, therefore those grants were not accepted. Officials say 30 businesses were chosen to receive funding.

The grant awarded to City Of Bedford was $241,873 and the city committed $14,473.

“This grant will help retain a total of 149 employees with 87 percent being low to moderate-income. This is a very large number of low to moderate-income who will be retaining their jobs,” said Trena Carter of ARA who helped with this grant.

The grant review committee met on October 9, 2020, and completed the scoring for the grant applications. The highest scoring business was awarded the funding. Funding ranged from $5,000 to $10,000 per each business.

During the comment period, Bedford City Council Member Ryan Griffin asked about the grant and how businesses will be required to use the funds. Each business will be required for the next two years to report on how the money was spent. The business must remain in business for the next two years. If for some reason they go out of business within a year, they must explain why, according to Trena Carter, ARC.

Other city council members including Larry Hardman and Dan Bortner asked if these businesses could reapply in the future and if other restrictions may be placed for those that applied this time. The answer – it would depend on how the city puts requirements or restrictions on future grant applications.

Many of the businesses were thrilled to receive the funding as they picked up their checks according to Bedford city officials during the public hearing Monday night.

“The City of Bedford is pleased to receive this funding for our local businesses and to assist them in this difficult time,” said Bedford Mayor Sam Craig.

List of Businesses and amount received:

  • Bob Evans Limestone Capital Automotive $5,000.
  • SpecialTeez by Good Sports $10,000.
  • Cedar Hill Catering $10,000.
  • Vision Hotel Group Corp. DBA Quality Inn & Suites $5,000.
  • Om Ma OM Inc. DBA Super 8 $10,000.
  • Jay Ambe LLC DBA Rosemount Motel $5,000.
  • Copy Trolley $10,000.
  • Dongraji Corporation DBA Mark III Motel $5,000.
  • Genie Supply Inc. $10,000.
  • J Nails $10,000.
  • Southern Style Boutique $10,000.
  • Island Glow Tanning Salon $10,000.
  • Rainbow Printing $10,000.
  • Gose Enterprises DBA Clearwater Revival $10,000.
  • Smoke Shack, Inc. $10,000.
  • The Beauty Asylum $5,000.
  • The Cut Hut $5,000.
  • Where Futures Begin LLC $10,000.
  • Novus Strength Training $5,000.
  • The Blue Door Boutique $10,000.
  • B Fancy Boutique & Salon LLC $10,000.
  • Jim I. Sowder, OD, PC $10,000.
  • Healthy Balance Health Club $5,000.
  • Fitchix $10,000.
  • Hope’s Organics $10,000.
  • Gillespie’s 1st Place Trophies LLC $5,000.
  • Celebrations Play Center $10,000.
  • Indiana Army Surplus $5,000.
  • PC Pest Control LLC $10,000.
  • Blue Eyes and Bare Feet LLC DBA The Lemon Seed Boutique $10,000

Total amount issued – $250,000.