Chandler City Council discussed plans to allocate millions to the community during a council work session July 13. Council will vote to move funds to the appropriate departments at a meeting July 16.
In the city's plan, $9.5 million of the city's coronavirus relief funding would go toward business grants. The grants would be capped at $10,000 per business or $1,300 per full-time employee. Through that amount of funding, Chandler Economic Development Director Micah Miranda said the city would be able to support around 900 businesses if each received the maximum amount possible in funding. The program would be limited to businesses in industries most impacted by the coronavirus based on unemployment data.
The city is also looking to allocate $1.65 million to community services, including community outreach, food and basic needs, homeless and housing support, senior and special populations, youth and after-school services and personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies.
The city's plan also proposes a $7 million investment in increasing mobility at the city: replacing desktop computers with laptops and increasing the city's technology infrastructure.
Just under 34% of the total coronavirus relief allocation will be placed in the city's reserve fund—about $10.13 million, according to the city.
"I think this is a good first step," Mayor Kevin Hartke said. "It would be helpful for us to move expeditiously to get these dollars out in the community."
The full presentation and breakdown of funding can be found here.