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Jackson County contributes $500,000 from general fund to organization's COVID-19 fund

Jackson County just doubled its support for United Way’s COVID-19 recovery fund.

On Wednesday, county commissioners announced Jackson County would increase its contribution to $1 million, according to a joint press release from the county and the nonprofit.

The commissioners had announced July 31 the county would contribute $500,000 from the county general fund.

According Wednesday’s release, the additional funding will allow small businesses to qualify for recovery assistance. Individuals and families can now also apply for up to $1,500. Small business can apply up to $3,000.

County Commissioner Colleen Roberts said the success of the county’s partnership with United Way drove the decision.

“This gave us the confidence to increase the funding and add help for businesses as well,” Roberts said in the release.

The COVID-19 recovery fund is meant to help Jackson County residents who have been hurt economically by the pandemic. Funding is focused primarily on rent relief, utilities and other emergency bills, but people can also used the aid for car repairs and medical costs, according to the release.

Individuals, families and small businesses can apply for aid online on the United Way of Jackson County website.

The county said it expects to be reimbursed by CARES Act funding, according to the release.

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