Gila County businesses can now apply for a grant to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. News Media
Corp., the parent company of Arizona Silver Belt and Copper Country News (ASB/CCN), has established a fund to help local businesses get back to full strength by subsidizing local marketing efforts through matching advertising dollars.
"Businesses and workers are hurting and we are hurting, too." said Richard Taylor, publisher of ASB/CCN, "But if we can pull together as a community, we can weather this. We want to help local businesses rebuild while they tell their stories. ASB/CCN wants to assist businesses during this pandemic and keep businesses open and working by using matching grants. By pulling together with a community effort, we can ride out this storm since we are all hurting together."
Businesses operating in the Gila County market can apply for a grant of up to $5,000 today at
Applicants will receive a response to their application within one to two business days.
The fund is open to all locally owned and operated businesses impacted by the coronavirus, whether or not they are ASB/CCN advertisers. Grant money can bu used for local print and online advertising between April 1 and June 30, 2020.
"Community journalism is only as strong as the community it serves," J..J. Tompkins, Chief Revenue Officer of News Media Corp., states, "As a family owned business operating for almost 45 years, we know the only way to get through tough times is to stand with our partners, customers and readers. We are proud to offer any assistance we can to locally owned businesses, which are the heart beat of the community we publish in."