Governor Carney Pronounces Enlargement of Delaware Aid Small Bus
WILMINGTON, Del.– Gov. John Carney on Thursday announced an expansion of Delaware’s DE Relief program, which provides direct grants to Delaware small businesses, and the Rapid Workforce Training and Redeployment Initiative, which in turn provides rapid re-training for Delawareans who have lost jobs or income due to the COVID-19 crisis.
New Castle County has provided additional funding for both programs from its allocation of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding. With the expansion, $150 million is available in direct grant assistance for Delaware small businesses. The workforce training program, created by Executive Order #43, is funded with $15 million in CARES Act funding from the State of Delaware and New Castle County.
Hundreds of Delaware small businesses and nonprofit organizations have already been approved for the first round of DE Relief grants – the largest cumulative grant award ever made by the State of Delaware to small businesses. A total of 741 applicants will share $25.7 million in funding through the first round of the program. DE Relief grants are administered by the Delaware Division of Small Business.