CORONAVIRUS

Gazette marketing program aims to help businesses

Grants will reduce advertising costs

The Gazette newsroom, at 500 3rd Ave. SE in downtown Cedar Rapids, on Wednesday, February 19, 2020. (Thomas Friestad/The
The Gazette newsroom, at 500 3rd Ave. SE in downtown Cedar Rapids, on Wednesday, February 19, 2020. (Thomas Friestad/The Gazette)

The Gazette has launched a community grant program to help Corridor businesses continue marketing their company during the coronavirus pandemic.

The program allocates up to $100,000 in matching advertising dollars to assist local businesses during the impact of the coronavirus mediation restrictions.

“As a local, employee-owned company, we feel the same pain, but we’re fortunately in a position to help other businesses,” said Kelly Homewood, Gazette director of operations. “We’re doing it the best way we know how by discounting advertising to help businesses get the word out about their products and services.”

To apply for a marketing grant through the program, go to thegazette.com/marketinggrant and fill out the online application.

The program is open to locally owned and operating businesses that have been affected by the coronavirus.

Credits are available for a minimum of $100 and a maximum of $1,000. They can be used to pay for print or digital advertising in Gazette products.

The credits will be awarded in April, May, June and July. They must be used within the month they are awarded.

Applications will be reviewed by The Gazette and recipients will be contacted.

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