Governor Cooper Announces Additional $40 Million COVID Relief for Small Businesses

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

From the NC Department of Commerce:

The N.C. Mortgage, Utility and Rent Relief (MURR), administered by the North Carolina Department of Commerce, can provide up to $20,000 in relief funds per qualifying business location. Business applicants from certain industry sectors that have not been able to operate during the COVID period may apply for up to two of their business locations.

Applicants can apply for up to four months of mortgage interest or rent expenses, and utility expenses. The help offers relief for some of the fixed costs a business cannot easily control on its own. Applications to the program should open next week and will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants must certify that they were closed during the period April 1 through July 31, 2020; they expect to be able to operate after the COVID crisis has passed; and they have not been reimbursed by any other federal source for the expenses for which they seek reimbursement through this program.

Eligible applicants include:

Amusement parks
Banquet Halls (with catering staff)
Bars, taverns, night clubs, cocktail lounges
Bingo parlors
Bowling alleys/centers
Dance halls
Indoor fitness and recreation centers
Motion picture/movie theaters (except drive-ins)

The Department of Commerce will begin accepting applications soon. Business leaders can learn about the MURR program by registering for one of the free educational webinars offered by the Department of Commerce over the next two weeks.

The Department of Commerce will host three educational webinars to brief interested parties about the MURR Program. Please register by clicking your preferred date/time below. Registration is required to attend – the links below will take you to the registration page for each event:

Thursday, September 24th at 2:00pm
Tuesday, September 29th at 1:00pm
Friday, October 2nd at 11:00am
For additional information on the program, visit

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