The Metro Atlanta Chamber is doubling down on its investment in inclusive economic recovery with a second round of RESTORE ATL grants, totaling $180,000. The funds will be distributed to Black-owned small- and medium-sized businesses throughout the metro Atlanta region and will provide immediate gap assistance to Black business owners adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Applications will be accepted Monday, Feb. 1 through Wednesday, Feb. 10
This latest round of grants is furnished by the Metro Atlanta Chamber through investor donations collected at the organization’s 2020 annual meeting, where the region’s business community aligned on three priority focus areas for 2021: racial equity, public health, and economic recovery. It comes on the heels of the previous RESTORE ATL grants and brings the total amount raised for the initiative to $360,000.
“Black-owned businesses continue to be disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, which is why it is so crucial for us to continue mobilizing resources that offer practical relief where it is of pronounced need,” said Katie Kirkpatrick, the president and CEO of Metro Atlanta Chamber. “We hope that these additional RESTORE ATL grants underscore the integral role that these businesses – and the entrepreneurs who fuel them – play in the health of our regional economy and the business community.”
Individual grants will be awarded in the amount of $5,000 to $10,000. The funds can be used for operating expenses including rent, utilities, payroll, and other business-related needs. The grants will be reviewed and awarded in the weeks following the application deadline of Feb. 10, and recipients will be announced in March. Additional details surrounding eligibility requirements and answers to frequently asked questions can be found at the grant application website.
“It’s so important that Black-owned businesses – especially women-led Black-owned businesses – stay afloat because we are the heartbeats of our communities,” said Quyionah Wingfield, CEO and co-founder of Cool Moms Dance Too — one of the first-round RESTORE ATL grant recipients. “The support that we get from the Metro Atlanta Chamber helps us to continue to serve our communities in the best way possible.”
Located in North Druid Hills, Cool Moms Dance Too is a dance studio that does so much more. Opened in 2015, the studio provides dance classes, guided journaling programs, family card games, and group therapy sessions. for Metro Atlanta mothers and their children.
“I’m so proud of Atlanta. We are so resilient as a city; we look out for each other, we help each other,” Wright said. “Organizations like the Metro Atlanta Chamber enrich us and help us become better because when we are down, they lift us back up so that we are here throughout the process of healing.”