Monroe County passes half million dollar mark in CARES Act distributions

At its regular Wednesday meeting Monroe County’s three-member board of commissioners approved federal pandemic relief for five more area businesses, pushing the total amount awarded to over a half million dollars.

Top awardees by Monroe County of CARES Act relief funding. The full table of entities (taxing units and businesses) is included at the end of this article.

At their Wednesday meeting, county commissioners approved another $48,698 in reimbursements to five different businesses, bringing the grand total so far to $531,278.

Awarded money in Wednesday’s round of approvals were Crumble ($30,000), Litwin Enterprises ($881.19) Michael’s Uptown Cafe ($13,123.62), Gallagher Properties, INC ($650), and C3 Bar ($4,043.64).

The money that Monroe County has been distributing money to businesses and government entities comes from a total $4.7 million CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act allocation to the county.

The county’s program started with the county government acting as a clearinghouse of sorts, by passing through to the state the claims submitted by local businesses and governmental units—like the library and townships—for non-payroll expenses related to COVID-19.

The state eventually asked the county to submit the county’s own expenses for public safety, which were enough to get reimbursement to the county of the whole $4.7 million.

With the money now sitting in the county’s general fund, it’s now up to the county government to reimburse local businesses and governmental units.

Also at Wednesday’s meeting, county commissioners approved an extension of the contract with Dee Owens to administer and track the CARES grant awards. Wednesday’s contract extension was a $18,750 agreement that extends the agreement for Owens to do the grant administration work through May 9.

Table of Awardees through Feb. 3, 2021

Entity Amount
MCPL $84,364
Crumble $30,000
Michael’s Uptown Cafe $22,751
WonderLab $20,000
Upland Brewing Company $20,000
Switchyard Holdings $20,000
Beacon, Inc $20,000
Dimension Mill Inc $19,957
Function Brewing $19,806
YMCA $19,784
Janko’s Little Zagreb $18,493
C3 Bar $18,415
Convention Center Mgmt Co $18,292
One World Catering, LLC $17,274
HealthNet, Inc $16,644
Nick’s English Hut $16,601
LifeDesigns $9,999
Curry Auto Center $8,632
The Farm Restaurant $7,926
Acacia Building Corporation $7,725
Campus Tutoring, LLC $7,192
The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce $7,049
Lennie’s $6,671
The Bluebird $6,395
Alibi LLC $5,602
Far $5,150
High and Fine $5,016
Cinema Pub Inc $4,828
Richland Township $4,356
The Convention and Visitor’s Bureau of Monroe County $4,352
Carmichael Center LP $3,905
The Cocuun $3,881
Loren Wood Builders $3,724
Disque $3,617
BUGS $3,364
Trendin Vendin $3,250
Cajun House $3,156
Bloomington Real Estate $2,983
Litwin Enterprises $2,700
Benton Township $2,460
BCT Management $2,275
Royale Hair Parlor $2,248
Monroe County Humane Association $1,830
VTG Enterprises $1,669
Landlocked Enterprises $1,545
Little Zagreb $1,500
Bunger & Robertson $1,487
Fine Craft Associates, Inc. $1,289
ProNails $1,213
Gather $937
Patient PT LLC $821
Move and Bloom $679
Pizza X $678
Ally Barber $675
Deborah Zera $660
Oak Native $650
Gallagher Properties, INC $650
Bluebird Live Inc $603
MC Humane Society $568
Santo Family Insurance $548
Four Walls LLC $520
Cup & Kettle $514
Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping $425
Bloomington Salt Cave $323
Hoosier Films Inc. $224
Hive $220
Yoga Mala $215
Grand Total $531,278