$1 Million fund established to help local businesses recover from coronavirus
29 Mar 2020 — Times-Republican

Marshalltown businesses can now apply for a grant to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Ogden Newspapers Inc., the parent company of the Times-Republican, has established a $1 million fund to help local businesses get back to full strength by subsidizing local marketing efforts through matching grants.

"We know businesses and workers here are hurting; we're hurting, too," said Abigail Pelzer, Times-Republican Publisher. "But if we can pull together as a community, we can weather this. Here at the T-R we want to do everything we can to help everyone get through the pandemic and get back to work. With these matching grants, we can help local businesses tell their story as they rebuild."

Businesses operating in the Marshalltown and Tama markets can apply for a grant of up to $15,000 today at ogdennews.com/community-grant. Applicants will receive a response to their application within one to two business days.

The fund is open to all locally owned and operated businesses impacted by the coronavirus, Pelzer said, whether or not they are current Times-Republican advertisers. Grant money can be used for local print and online advertising in the Times-Republican and on www.timesrepublican.com between April 1 and June 30. 

"It's great to see organizations like the Times-Republican continue to support our local businesses in such a difficult time," said Lynn Olberding, Marshalltown Area Chamber of Commerce president and CEO. Marshalltown will come back from this crisis and these grants will help businesses rebound."

"A community newspaper is only as strong as the community it serves," said Robert Nutting, CEO of Ogden Newspapers. "As a family-owned business operating for almost 130 years, we have learned that the only way to pull through the hard times is to stand with your partners and customers. We are proud to offer this assistance to the local businesses that form the backbone of the communities where we publish."

For more information and to apply, visit ogdennews.com/community-grant.

Ogden Newspapers operates more than 40 daily newspapers across the country, plus a number of weekly newspapers and a magazine division. 

This story is provided free courtesy of The Times-Republican.
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