ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Having set aside $10 million in COVID-19 relief money, the city of Albuquerque has the capacity to give $10,000 grants to a thousand different businesses.
But that many have yet to come calling.
With two of three application windows already closed, the city has received 823 applications for grants meant to help small businesses hurt by the pandemic. The bulk – 611 – came in the first application wave in October, city Economic Development Director Synthia Jaramillo told the Albuquerque City Council Monday night. Another 212 arrived during a second application window.
Businesses still have one more opportunity to apply; the third and final application window runs from Dec. 7-11.