FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- Immediately following the initial unrest in Ferguson, Reinvest North County, a fund providing relief for some of those businesses, was founded. To date, more that $130,000 have been put back into North County businesses.
Within the last couple of weeks, businesses hit the hardest like Ferguson Market and Sam’s Meat Market received $5,000 grants through the Reinvest North County fund. A second round of grants will soon be offered, but these businesses have to provide proof of where the money is going.
Small business owners in Ferguson who weren't sure how their shops would survive the unrest now have some relief. Just last week, thanks to donations from around the country, nearly $30,000 were distributed between ten shops including the 911 Hair Salon and Yolo Boutique.
Jay Kanzler represents several of the businesses along West Florissant like Sam's Meat Market, Ferguson Market, and New York Grill, still boarded up and still trying to rebuild.
“Those businesses are part of the community just like the people who live there they've been there 20, 30 years,” Kanzler said.
The application for the $5,000 in grant money those stores received came with the responsibility to prove to the non-profit fund specifically where the resources were being spent.
“A lot of the businesses including my clients were in need of some immediate capital to pay the bills, pay the rent, replace the windows,” Kanzler added.
Reinvest North County also confirms a $10,000 check was given to each of four area school districts, including Ferguson-Florissant to help with training and student support.
If you own a small business in north county and still want to apply for funds you can do that on the NCI website by clicking here.
If you'd like to donate to the fund, checks can be made to the Reinvest North County fund and dropped off at the 501(c) Non-Profit North County Regional Development Association, 350b Village Square Drive, Hazelwood, Mo. 63042 or visit northstlouiscounty.com