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Money from the federal government’s COVID-19 relief package continues to trickle down to Umatilla County, which is using some of it for a small business COVID-19 relief grant program.

Umatilla County Economic Development announced the start of the program in a Aug. 6 press release, which intends to distribute $5,000 grants to qualifying businesses proportionately throughout the county.

According to a press release, eligible businesses, including sole proprietors, must be directly affected by the state’s COVID-19 mandates. Business must also be headquartered and operating in the county and employ 50 people or fewer.

A business can only submit one application and nonprofits are not eligible.

The application period runs through Aug. 26 and business owners can apply for the grants at Paper applications are available at local city halls, where they can also be submitted.