Local Scene: City offering business grants, social media challenge underway

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City offering business grants

Businesses operating within the city limits of Gilroy may qualify for a one-time business relief grant using federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funding.

Grants are based on the number of full-time equivalent employees as of March 17 (when the Santa Clara County Health Officer issued the initial shelter-in-place order).

Maximum grant award:

• $5,000 for businesses with 2-10 employees (up to 61 grants)

• $10,000 for businesses with 11-25 employees (up to 13 grants)

Funds must be used for working capital (rent, payroll, utilities, inventory, etc.)

The deadline to apply is July 1 at 5pm.

For information, visit tinyurl.com/yaxxzhxj.

Social media challenge raises funds

Leadership Gilroy Class of 2020 is hoping to raise funds for various local nonprofits through a social media campaign.

The group is challenging the public to eat a clove of garlic or donate to their fund benefitting Rebekah’s Children Services, Operation Freedom Paws, Unravel Pediatric Cancer, Live Oak Adult Day Care, Community Solutions, Gilroy Compassion Center and St. Joseph’s Family Center.

Participants are asked to film a short video of themselves eating a clove of garlic, and then nominate three participants to eat a clove or donate to the Gilroy cLOVE Fund.

Nominated participants have 24 hours to eat a clove or forfeit by making a donation to these nonprofits.

Individuals can also eat a clove and make a monetary donation, while challenging someone else to match their donation.

Post your video on any social media platform including Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, YouTube or Twitter.  Use the hashtags #gilroyclovechallenge, #Ihavebeencloved or #youhavebeencloved. For information, visit gilroyclovechallenge.com.