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Metro Council members propose extending COVID-19 relief funding deadline

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Posted at 9:19 AM, Oct 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-20 10:19:14-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A group of Metro Council members want to give small businesses and stages in Nashville more time to use their COVID-19 relief funding.

The proposal would allow small businesses to use federal coronavirus relief funds for mortgage, rent and utility payments, as well as, food assistance and financial and technical support through December.

Right now, the funding has to be disbursed by administrative organizations by November 15. Metro Council members Courtney Johnson, Jennifer Gamble and Sean Parker are proposing an extension to December 28.

Any additional funds that organizations or small businesses are not able to put toward COVID-19 relief efforts must be turned back in. The proposed extension would give owners more time to identify areas of need.

After any remaining funds are returned, Metro Finance will need to identify ways to use that money for pandemic relief. If not, the city has to return it to the federal government.