IOWA DERECHO 2020

Second round of disaster grants available for Marion residents and small businesses

The application is open through Dec. 30 on the Marion Chamber website

Roof damage can be seen throughout downtown Marion on Aug. 21. Cleanup continues around the area following the Aug. 10 d
Roof damage can be seen throughout downtown Marion on Aug. 21. Cleanup continues around the area following the Aug. 10 derecho, which left hundreds of thousands of Iowans without power and displaced many whose homes were damaged or destroyed in the heavy winds. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
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The Marion Chamber Foundation announced on Wednesday that $18,000 has been awarded to Marion small businesses and residents through the Disaster Recovery Grant.

The grant, created through the chamber’s disaster recovery fund, began receiving donations from around the country after the Aug. 10 derecho, according to a news release.

The second round of applications will be open through Dec. 30.

“We know there are more residents and businesses working to recover and we encourage them to apply for the second round of grants,” Chamber President Jill Ackerman said in the release.

Marion small business applicants are eligible for grants up to $1,500 and Marion resident are eligible for grants up to $500, the release said.

The program is set up to aid those most severely affected.

Funds may be used for emergency housing needs, insurance deductibles the grantee can’t afford, help with clean up, tree and debris removal, tree replacement and property repairs that were caused by the storm and not covered by insurance.

An application board reviews the applications and will award grants monthly until the fund is depleted, the release said. The application can be accessed at the chamber’s website.

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