Small Business Recovery Grant deadline extended

    Valley Junction in West Des Moines is a collection of small businesses in the former coal town's historic downtown area. (Photo by Perry Beeman/Iowa Capital Dispatch)

    The deadline for applications for the Small Business Recovery Grant program has been extended to 11:59 p.m. May 31.

    A coalition launched the grants to help small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The grants are available to sole proprietors or businesses of less than 30 employees with restrictions placed on their operations related to the pandemic.

    Small businesses are also encouraged to apply for Paycheck Protection Program funding.

    Perry Beeman
    Senior reporter Perry Beeman has nearly 40 years of experience in Iowa journalism and has won national awards for environmental and business writing. He has written for The Des Moines Register and the Business Record, where he also served as managing editor. He also is former editorial director of Grinnell College. He co-authored the recently published book, "The $80 Billion Gamble," which details the lottery-rigging case of Eddie Tipton.