Hidalgo County seeking funding for COVID-19 grant program

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Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez has implemented a nighttime curfew in the county, he announced March 23, 2020. He is seen in commissioner’s court on March 15, 2020. (Border Report Photo/Sandra Sanchez)

EDINBURG, Texas — Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez announced that the county is seeking funds for a grant program for COVID-19 economic recovery.

In a press conference, Cortez said that the details of the program are not worked out yet, but meetings will be held to establish the guidelines.

“We must learn from this experience in order to prepare for the future,” Judge Cortez said. He then announced that he will ask Commissioners Court to appropriate “as much money as possible” from the federal Corona Virus Relief Funds to be applied to grants for qualified small businesses and individuals in Hidalgo County.  Under current Federal guidelines, that amount of money could be as much as $38 million, Judge Cortez said.

Cortez acknowledged that while the fight against COVID-19 is not over, officials must look at the first steps of recovery, which includes the grant program.

Additionally, Cortez commended county residents for their cooperation during the pandemic as they work to slow the spread of COVID-19.

”I am so proud of you.  Many of you in Hidalgo County rose to the occasion,” said Judge Cortez.  “You the people of Hidalgo County understand what it takes to slow the spread of the virus.  We trust in you.”

To watch the full press conference, visit here.

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