More than 200 Delaware small businesses are getting state grants of up to $5,000 to offset their costs of incentivizing their customers to get vaccinated for COVID-19.
Governor John Carney and the Delaware Division of Small Business notified the first recipients in the state grant program Monday.
A wide range of businesses including restaurants, retail and personal care applied for and received grants. It’s part of the DE WINS program, a public education and incentive campaign to encourage all Delawareans to get the shot.
“These grants give Delawareans another great reason to roll up their sleeve as we push toward our goal of having 70 percent of adult Delawareans vaccinated by July 4,” Carney said. “A healthy economy requires a healthy community and getting as many Delawareans as possible vaccinated is the best way we can ensure both.”
“Delaware’s small business community has shown a real enthusiasm for participating in the program” Delaware Division of Small Business Director Jordan Schulties said. “The Division is administering the grant program, including evaluating the proposed promotions. The number of businesses that want to offer incentives, as well as the creativity the business owners have shown in designing promotions that appeal to their customers, is impressive. Small businesses stepped up during the pandemic to serve their customers. Now they’re helping once again by giving their customers another reason to get vaccinated.”
For a list of businesses that offer incentives for vaccinated patrons, please CLICK HERE
More businesses will be announced in the coming days.