Here are the details of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine's proposal for the next two fiscal years beginning July 1:
Small businesses — $150 million in the first year
No limit was listed, but qualifying businesses could be compensated for eligible expenses such as personal protective equipment, mortgage and rent payments, utility bills and other expenses incurred since March 22, 2020.
Bars and restaurants — $100 million each year ($200 million total)
Grants of $10,000, $20,000 or $30,000 based on revenue loss and number of employees. At $20,000 each, 5,000 grants would be available each year.
Lodging industry — $25.million each year ($50 million total)
Grants of $10,000, $20,000 or $30,000 based on revenue loss and occupancy rates. At $20,000 each, 1,250 grants would be available each year.
Indoor entertainment venues — $20 million each year ($40 million total)
Grants of $10,000, $20,000 or $30,000 based on revenue loss due to canceled events or performances. At $20,000 each, 1,000 grants would be available each year.
New businesses — $10 million each year ($20 million total)
Grants of $10,000 to 1,000 new businesses each year that began operating after Jan. 1, 2020.
Broadband access — $125 million each year ($250 million total)
Grants would be available for infrastructure projects to make high-speed internet available in areas with little or no service and to make broadband service more affordable for underserved Ohioans.
Community infrastructure — $100 million each year ($200 million total)
Communities of 1,000 to 75,000 population and below-average annual median household incomes less than $50,000 would receive funds for water and sewer projects, downtown revitalizations, demolition of blighted properties for redevelopment and other purposes. Grants would be capped at $2 million, with an extra $500,000 available for projects incorporating a workforce-training program.
Promoting Ohio — $25 million each year ($50 million total)
A national marketing campaign, including TV and digital advertisements, would air messages promoting Ohio as a superior place to relocate to live, work and go to school.
Rural and urban workforce — $7.5 million each year ($15 million total)
Funds would support workforce development efforts in economically distressed rural and urban communities.
TechCred — $5 million in the first year, $25 million in the second year ($30 million total)
Employers who retrain employees for technology-related jobs would be reimbursed up to $2,000 for each credentialed worker.