Moline Considers COVID Mitigation Grants
Moline may help its businesses hurt by the latest state-ordered shutdown during the pandemic. Tuesday night, the city council will consider approving a grant program for bars and restaurants that are now prohibited from serving any customers indoors.
Mayor Stephanie Acri wants to set aside a maximum of 300,000 dollars, with up to 5,000 dollars available for each bar and restaurant.
"What we're doing is trying to support them so that they are in a position that they can close down temporarily or they can convert their business to curbside delivery or or at-home delivery."
And if the business complies with the state order prohibiting indoor service, she says it would not have to pay back the money to the city.
In a similar program several years ago, Moline gave mitigation grants to businesses affected by the new I-74 bridge and its many detours.