In April, small businesses in San Luis Obispo County were invited to apply for pandemic relief grants of up to $10,000. But nearly four months later, a business that was told it would receive one of those grants says it still hasn’t received the money.
Sheila Kearns of Sheila Kearns Chocolate and Confections on Marsh Street in downtown San Luis Obispo says her business was slated to receive $5,000 in pandemic relief grants more than two months ago.
Since then, Kearns says she has tried to contact the South County Chamber of Commerce as well as San Luis Obispo County officials for an update on when she will receive the money.
She tells KSBY she’s just looking for answers.
“At one point, they just stopped returning my emails, which is really weird.” observed Kearns. “We’re actually going to use our line of credit which is costing us money because we’ve budgeted for it [grant]and we planned months in advance.”
KSBY News tried to contact San Luis Obispo County Tuesday morning to find out what was going on, but we were told no one would be able to talk to us on camera.
The Economic Development Manager for the County sent us an email that read: “The County has awarded 95 grants to qualified small businesses to mitigate financial hardship from the pandemic or to implement pandemic prevention or mitigation tactics COVID-19 All grants have been sent for payment and the final set of checks will be mailed by Thursday, August 25.”
They also say they appreciate the patience of the small business community as they continue to work through the grant process.
Just hours after we spoke with Sheila Kearns on Tuesday, she let us know that someone from the County had since contacted her, saying checks were now being mailed.