Berea Offers Grants to Small Businesses

The City of Berea will again award $2,000 grants to area small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The City gave $2,000 grants to 55 Berea businesses in May, using funds leftover from another business grant program plus funds contributed by City Council from its budget. This time, federal CARES money will fund the grants.

Mayor Cyril Kleem emphasized that the Emergency Relief Grant Program could be used for rent, mortgage payments, utilities, payroll, and other related business expenses.

Berea-based retail, personal service and food businesses are eligible to apply. Nonprofits, offices, and contractors are not eligible. The City will only be accepting applications submitted online at and applications are taken on a first-come, first-served basis.