The Richmond County Board of Supervisors, Richmond County Industrial Development Authority and the Warsaw Town Council are excited to announce the implementation of the Richmond County and Town of Warsaw COVID-19 Emergency Small Business Relief Program (ESBRP), for the benefit of Richmond County and Town of Warsaw Small Businesses. 

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the country, state and county has been especially hard on the small businesses that have been forced to close or severely restrict operations due to the regulations imposed to help slow the spread of COVID-19 within local communities.  

The purpose of the ESBRP program is to provide grant awards to qualifying county and town businesses in a one-time amount of up to $5,000 based off of the employment numbers of these businesses. Total funding for this program is $300,000 from funds received by Richmond County from the Federal CARES Act.

Chairman Lee Sanders, of the Richmond County Board of Supervisors stated, “Through the funding received by the county from the Federal CARES Act, we thought it was important that a large portion of these funds be offered to our business community to help as we struggle through the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to affect our national and local economy. Small businesses are the heart of rural communities like Richmond County, and anything the local government can do to ensure their continued success is very important to the Richmond County Board of Supervisors.”

“The Town of Warsaw is very excited to partner with the Richmond County Board of Supervisors and the Richmond County Industrial Development Authority to further help our businesses located in Warsaw continue to sustain and recover from the negative economic impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic,” said Warsaw Mayor Randy Phelps. “The progress that the town has been able to make with business and job creation over the last 24 months has been very exciting for the community, and the thought that this pandemic could halt this progress is very discouraging.  We are hopeful that this grant funding afforded to these businesses will help them sustain these difficult times, and continue to prosper once this pandemic is behind us all.” 

The Chair of the Richmond County Industrial Development Authority, Meredith Smith added, “I am pleased that the Richmond County Industrial Development Authority could have a part in working with our county and town government, as well as the many small businesses that make up Richmond County and the Town of Warsaw. I believe this program will be extremely beneficial to our business partners within the community as we work to open the economy from COVID-19.”

For businesses interested in applying for ESBRP Grants Funds, details of the program can be picked up at the Richmond County Administrators Office, 101 Court Circle, Warsaw or the Town of Warsaw Municipal Building, 78 Belle Ville Lane, Warsaw. Online details can be found at www.co.richmond.va.us. Grant applications will be accepted throughout the next few months; however the first round of applications will be due by 5 p.m., July 17 to the Richmond County Administrator’s Office at 101 Court Circle, PO Box 1000, Warsaw, Virginia 22572, or by e-mail to rmquicke@co.richmond.va.us or jquesenberry@town.warsaw.va.us.