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Small businesses in Vacaville will have access to nearly $400,000 in grants this winter to recoup lost revenue from shutting down during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Vacaville City Council voted last month to approve using $275,000 in funds the city received from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act for the Vacaville Small Business Grant Program. The council approved an additional $115,000 for the program earlier this month.

The funding will support the second tranche of small business grants the council has approved. The first round of grants dispersed some $140,000 to 13 of the city’s small businesses.

“COVID has been very hard on small businesses and that represents 95% of businesses in Vacaville, so we are glad to be able to provide some help through this program,” Mayor Ron Rowlett said.

Businesses can apply for a grant through Dec. 3 and may be eligible for up to $15,000 in relief funding.

Restaurants and retail businesses will also be able to apply to use temporary elements like tents, canopies, umbrellas and outdoor light sources as they operate outdoors during the winter months.

Information on the Small Business Grant Program can be found at ci.vacaville.ca.us/business/vacaville-small-business-grant-program.