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Local businesses starting Monday can apply for two different grants to help them financially due to COVID-19 expenses.

The Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) micro grant will have a minimum award of $250 up to a maximum $2,500. It will pay up to $2,500 for business's PPE expenses incurred between March 1 and Dec. 15, 2020.

The Small Business Retrofit/Adaption grant will have a maximum award of $10,000 per business.

This is to pay for business's adaptation and modification COVID-related expenses incurred between March 1 and Dec. 15, 2020.

A small business may be eligible for both grants.

The Citrus County Chamber of Commerce recently proposed a plan to county commissioners to offer these grants and commissioners approved and adopted them.

Both grants will be offered through the county on a reimbursement basis and will require the business owner to submit an application online through SurveyMonkey.

For more details about the grant rules and to apply online, visit Applications will be accepted until funds are exhausted.

The application process will be open at 8 a.m. Monday, Jan. 11.

Contact Chronicle reporter Michael D. Bates at 352-563-3205 or To see more of his stories, visit