Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors
August 5, 2020
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — As several county residents and businesses continue to grapple with the economic uncertainties related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Chesterfield remains ready to assist after receiving an extra $30 million boost in federal funding.
The $30 million adds to the existing $30 million Chesterfield received as part of the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security, or CARES Act, signed by President Donald Trump in March. It’s also part of the overall $645 million the state was awarded in late July.
In all, Chesterfield has received about $60 million in CARES Act funding – roughly spending about $10 million on a variety of initiatives and regional partnerships to help county residents and businesses struggling financially as a result of COVID-19.
But before county leaders and officials devise a comprehensive plan on how to spend the CARES Act money, which can be used for enhancing community and customer service or continued virus mitigation, it wants to hear from county residents and businesses about where to prioritize the funds.
A public hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 26 during the Board of Supervisors’ regularly scheduled meeting seeking input on how best to spend the remaining $50 million in CARES Act funds.
Residents and businesses can submit comments in person at the Public Meeting Room at 10001 Iron Bridge Road on Aug. 26; however, seating will be limited to practice social distancing, and masks and temperature checks will be required before entering the building.
Those who cannot make it to the meeting in person, but wish to provide input during the public hearing, are strongly encouraged to submit comments via the online form that will be available beginning Aug. 20. Residents without internet access may call in comments and leave a message at 804-748-1808.
Chesterfield, metro Richmond’s most populous municipality, remains proactive in helping its residents and businesses navigate the financial complexities related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since March, the county has allocated nearly $5 million grants to qualified Chesterfield businesses seeking financial relief as part of the Chesterfield Economic Development’s Back In Business (BIB) grant program. Since June 18, Chesterfield Economic Development has awarded grants to more than 200 county businesses totaling nearly $1.9 million.
The county Board of Supervisors also allocated $50,000 during its July 22 meeting to be directly allocated to the Area Congregations Together Service RVA (ACTS RVA), a regional nonprofit tasked with providing funds, support and other resources to people and families experiencing a financial crisis throughout Central Virginia and metro Richmond.
County renters and homeowners who are having trouble making their monthly rent or mortgage payment, or are simply interested in learning more, are strongly encouraged to call and leave a message at 804-644-2401. Interested residents who meet the following qualifications also can fill out this form for possible assistance.