20 Black Female Salon Owners and Hairstylists Will Receive $10,000 Grants

Andrew M. Santos

COVID-19 has hit a lot of businesses hard, especially salons. Temporary closures have made it so that many salon owners can no longer afford to keep employees on staff or even pay rent, thus forcing them to close permanently in the midst of a pandemic. Those that were lucky enough to survive the economic fallout of the virus long enough to reopen, are now trying to follow new safety protocols to ensure that they can continue taking clients.

Many of the salons that are open are being asked to operate their facilities by appointment only with only a certain about of clients allowed in. So even if they are functioning, they’re unable to do so in a way that maximizes their profit. When you add in the fact that many people are still scared to risk their health for a haircut (plus the costs of cleaning supplies, masks, disinfectants,

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42 Falls Church Businesses, Non-Profits Get Second Round Grants

Andrew M. Santos

FALLS CHURCH, VA — In the second round of COVID-19 emergency grants, 42 Falls Church small businesses and non-profits have received grants. The second round was opened to non-profits, as well as a wider range of small businesses. To date, 126 businesses and non-profits have been named recipients to aid with financial impacts of the pandemic.

There were 85 applications submitted in the second round, and 42 were eligible for grants. All eligible recipients can receive an award thanks to Falls Church Economic Development Authority funding and a $4,000 donation from the George Mason High School class of 2020. Each recipient receives $2,000 to help with critical operating expenses such as salaries, benefits and rent during the pandemic.

The second round of grants was open to small businesses and non-profits meeting eligibility requirements, including being located in the City of Falls Church for at least a year, having less

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