Small grants make big impact

An Iola business took advantage of a COVID-19 related Community Block Development Grant. It's helping keep the doors open.

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September 11, 2020 - 3:53 PM

Jessica Quinhones and Paige Olson take a break from serving customers at Around the Corner coffee shop. Photo by Trevor Hoag / Iola Register

“That $7,500 is saving us right now,” said Jessica Quinhones, in reference to a recent CDBG-CV microbusiness grant awarded to Around the Corner coffee shop.

Recent Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) were made possible by the $2.2 trillion CARES Act, as were new grants for nonprofits and small businesses born of the SPARK program, which are detailed in more depth below.

Quinhones said that her $7,500 in grant funds “means a couple months more of keeping our doors open,” and until business picks up during the holiday season.

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