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$1 million fund to help local businesses recover from COVOD-19

The Journal’s parent company sets up grant program

NEW ULM — New Ulm area businesses can now apply for a grant to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Ogden Newspapers Inc., the parent company of The Journal, has established a $1 million fund to help local businesses get back to full strength by subsidizing local marketing efforts through matching advertising dollars.

“We know businesses and workers here are hurting; we’re hurting, too,” Journal publisher Greg Orear said. “But if we can pull together as a community, we can weather this. Here at The Journal, we want to do everything we can to help everyone get through the pandemic and get back to work. With these matching grants, we can help local businesses tell their story as they rebuild.”

Businesses operating in The Journal area market can apply for a grant of up to $15,000 today at ogdennews.com/community-grant. Applicants will receive a response to their application within one to two business days.

The fund is open to all locally owned and operated businesses impacted by the coronavirus, Orear said, whether or not they are current Journal advertisers. Grant money can be used for local print and online advertising in The Journal and on www.nujournal.com between April 1 and June 30, 2020.

“This grant provides an opportunity for local businesses to gain momentum during a difficult time,” New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce President Michael Looft said. “Advertising holds the key to building sales and services. This program will help get businesses back on the right track.”

“A community newspaper is only as strong as the community it serves,” said Robert Nutting, CEO of Ogden Newspapers. “As a family-owned business operating for almost 130 years, we have learned that the only way to pull through the hard times is to stand with your partners and customers. We are proud to offer this assistance to the local businesses that form the backbone of the communities where we publish.”

For more information and to apply, visit ogdennews.com/community-grant

Ogden Newspapers operates more than 40 daily newspapers across the country, plus a number of weekly newspapers and a magazine division.

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