Lack of demand for small-business grant program creates questions about outreach, effectiveness

JUST OVER 15% of eligible city businesses have started an application for a new $2,500-apiece grant program that launched in October, prompting questions about its effectiveness. / PBN FILE PHOTO/CHRIS BERGENHEIM
PROVIDENCE – If every little bit helps for suffering small businesses, you’d think $2,500 would have companies lining up in droves. But in the three months since Providence launched its COVID-19 Small Business Grant Program, just over 15% of the estimated 2,700 eligible businesses have started an application, according to data shared by Andrew Grande,…

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