Posted on August 25, 2022
The grant program ends September 30, so apply today!
Millie’s house a popular daycare center in Montville Township, received a $15,000 from the Morris County Small Business Grant Program today hand-delivered by Morris County Commissioner Tom Mastrangelo and US Representative Mikie Sherrill.
“It’s so huge for us. For a small business, $15,000 can mean the difference between paying or not and keeping our doors open. We struggled during the pandemic. It was very difficult because we had just recently arrived. “reach a five-year mark in our location when it hit, and a lot of sacrifices had to be made. I’m so happy, so grateful,” said Millie Enriquez, owner and operator of the center.
Joining the tour yesterday were Montville Committee Member June Witty, Township Administrator June Hercek, Township Clerk Stacy Sullivan-Gruca and Don Dedio, a Township Administrative Assistant. Millie and her husband, Hector, have encouraged other businesses to apply for the grant program, which stop accepting applications on September 30.
“I’m surprised there’s still money left and other companies haven’t applied. I understand well. They might not want to go through the application process, but – hey – it’s $15,000. For a small business owner, that might as well be $1 million. I’m so happy, really, and very grateful. Millie added.
The Morris County Commissioners launched the program on Valentine’s Day with a kick-off in Dover, where Morris County Chamber of Commercethe Morris County Economic Development Corporation., U.S. Representative Mikie Sherrill and many other state and local officials have joined small business owners in promoting the grants. Commissioners dedicated 10 million dollarsand designed the grants to help small businesses and nonprofits with pandemic-related expenses incurred after March 3, 2021, including rent and mortgage payments.
“So far, about 650 small businesses have been approved for grants.. We have $1.1 million left, but this program will end on September 30, so people need to apply,” said Commissioner Mastrangelo. “As a small business owner, I think the program has been important and I think it has been a big success, both from a government and business perspective. We’ve seen many start-ups and businesses come to Morris County, and we want to keep them here.
US Representative Sherrill joined the tour of Millie’s House.
“We know it’s people on the ground like our commissioners who know best how to get the money out. So it’s just a great example of how broad federal programs combined with people on the ground who understand the direct needs of the district can be so powerful,” she said.
The Morris County Small Business Grant Program was is a one-time use of federal funds provided to the county through the US Rescue Plan Act of 2021which was designed to offer pandemic-related assistance. A provision of law introduced by U.S. Representative Sherrill assured it included direct assistance to New Jersey counties and municipalities, after Morris County and 11 other New Jersey counties did not receive any portion of $1.1 billion in federal funds from the CARES Act issued in New Jersey in 2020.
Apply now for a Morris County Small Business Grant! morriscountysmallbusinessgrant.com
There is NO COST to apply.
Do you have any questions?
The Morris County Chamber of Commerce and the Morris County Economic Development Corporation are hosting a free, virtual networking event to learn more about the Morris County Small Business Grant Program and how to apply. I will be held August 31, Wednesday, 10 a.m.
If you have any questions about the event, please email:
Or call 973-539-8270.
Learn more about the grant program
Federal guidelines covering the grant program will determine exactly what expenses are eligible for coverage and what claims can be approved. Grants are capped at $15,000 per applicant. However, business owners and nonprofits are encouraged to submit applications that include all costs that they believe may qualify for the grant, even if the total amount of a single application exceeds $15,000. .
A final review may determine that some costs submitted for review are not covered by program guidelines. However, by submitting all expenses that may be eligible, applicants increase the possibility of obtaining the maximum possible grant dollars.
Photos at Millie’s House
Top right: Millie waves her grant check in front of her business. With her, from left to right, was Witty, a committee member from Montville, USA. Representative Sherrill, Commissioner Mastrangelo, her husband Hector, Township Clerk Sullivan-Gruca and Township Administrator June Hercek
Center left: Commissioner Mastrangelo and US Representative Sherrill discussed small business challenges with Millie.
Bottom right: Millie leads visitors past her business. From left to right are Commissioner Mastrangelo, US Representative Sherrill, Township Assistant Dedio, Township Administrator Hercek and Committee Member Witty. Behind Witty is Township Clerk Sullivan-Gruca.