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The Downtown Springfield Association is using CARES Act funding to aid small businesses and artists.
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The Downtown Springfield Association is using CARES Act funding to aid small businesses and artists.

Downtown Springfield Association tapped for $119K grant

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The Downtown Springfield Association was the top recipient of funding via Greene County's latest round of Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act grants.

The downtown economic development and advocacy organization was selected to receive nearly $119,000 for payroll, marketing and artist support, according to a news release from the county. The Greene County Commission yesterday approved 13 CARES Act funding applications to the tune of $455,333.

DSA Executive Director Rusty Worley said the funding would be used, in part, to help downtown small businesses grow their digital presence and for artists to be part of Small Business Saturday.

"This grant will be crucial to DSA's ability to continue to support our small businesses at this critical time," he said via email. "It also allows our staff team and stakeholders the ability to purposefully reinvent our community events as conditions allow over the next year."

DSA received the funding in the small-business category of the county's grant process. Commissioners also yesterday approved more than $331,000 for nonprofit and community organizations, with the largest award of $100,000 going to Catholic Charities of the Ozarks for homeless prevention assistance and rehoming services, according to the release.

To date, the county has distributed roughly $23 million of the $34.4 million in federal funding available.

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