Grant program opening for Louisiana virus-harmed businesses

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By MELINDA DESLATTE

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana small businesses that have been hammered by the coronavirus outbreak and haven’t received federal aid can start applying Tuesday for grants up to $15,000 to cover pandemic-related expenses. State lawmakers created the $275 million, federally financed Main Street Recovery Program. The dollars are expected to run out quickly. More than 450,000 businesses are estimated to be eligible, but fewer than 20,000 would be able to collect payments if they each receive the maximum grant. Treasurer John Schroder is overseeing the program. He is encouraging businesses to file their paperwork in the opening days. The treasurer’s office set up a website at louisianamainstreet.com to take applications.