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FLORENCE — Businesses that have previously received grants from Pinal County to help them weather the economic downturn can reapply for further aid.

The Pinal County Board of Supervisors approved a third round of applications to the county’s Business Sustainability Program last month and lowered the qualifying level of revenue loss from 25% to 10%. At the time, the board specified the program would only take first-time applicants in December.

But Wednesday, the board removed that stipulation to accept repeat applications as well. Applications will be taken through Feb. 28, 2021. The program is intended to help businesses in unincorporated areas of the county weather the downturn coinciding with the pandemic.

“If this keeps a few more businesses hanging in there and providing jobs and services … I’m very supportive of it,” Vice Chairman Pete Rios said.

The county has budgeted $2 million for the program, and $750,000 remains available for the third round. Depending on response from businesses, the board may discuss increasing the budget. “We’ll track it and if it looks like we’re reaching that cap, we’ll come back to you,” Interim County Manager Leo Lew told the board.

Businesses may apply online or on paper. For more information, visit the Pinal Works page on the Pinal County website, pinalcountyaz.gov/pinal-works. On the left side of the page, click the button that says “Business Sustainability Program.”

The county pays for the program with a portion of its federal CARES Act funding and previously accepted applications in two rounds — round one from June 15 to July 15, and round two from Aug. 17 to Oct. 16.

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Mark Cowling is the county reporter for PinalCentral and covers the town of Florence, San Tan Valley and the surrounding area. He can be reached at mcowling@pinalcentral.com.