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69 small businesses receive grant from Rotary Club of Tortola

- $100,000 grant programme was made possible by a donor
Some 69 small businesses have benefitted from a $100,000 grant programme initiated by the Rotary Club of Tortola to assist persons affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Provided
President of the BVI Cancer Society Ms Gloria A. Fahie, right, receives a donation from the Rotary Club of Tortola. Photo: Provided
President of the BVI Cancer Society Ms Gloria A. Fahie, right, receives a donation from the Rotary Club of Tortola. Photo: Provided
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Some 69 small businesses have benefitted from a $100,000 grant programme initiated by the Rotary Club of Tortola to assist persons affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

The programme was launched last month and successful applicants began receiving their grants on Monday, October 12, 2020.

"In these trying times a little goes a very far way and I am thankful to the Rotary Club of Tortola for this grant," noted one recipient of the grant.

The Rotary Club of Tortola noted in a press release that 103 applications were received.

Charity organisations also received donations

President of the Club, Dion A. Stoutt said: “We are extremely grateful to the donor of these funds, which have enabled our Club to fulfill one of its objectives, that of providing economic support to the BVI community and specifically to businesses adversely impacted by COVID-19. I sincerely wish that we could help all the applicants but unfortunately with limited funds this was not possible.”

The Rotary Club of Tortola said it took the decision to use 50% of a donation of $200,000 to help small businesses.

The club also made sizable donations to the BVI Cancer Society and the Family Support Network (FSN) from the balance of the $200,000.

The remainder is being used to support other COVID-19 related causes.

22 Responses to “69 small businesses receive grant from Rotary Club of Tortola”

  • ... (18/10/2020, 18:42) Like (39) Dislike (44) Reply
    Once u ain’t in the circle u ain’t eating same goes for government
    • Struggling Restaurant (18/10/2020, 19:06) Like (37) Dislike (3) Reply
      First I’m hearing of this or I would have applied.
    • this is good (18/10/2020, 19:50) Like (24) Dislike (3) Reply
      There always going to be bias, unfairness and favourtism,..Thats life. They will have to be the ones answering to God when he asked. What happen to the real sufferers.... What have the Churches done to help the sufferers, the situation, they are the ones collecting the people's monies every Sunday, sometimes at nights also...They too will have to answer when God ask what did they do to help the sufferers.....
    • josiah'sbay (19/10/2020, 15:08) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      If it is a small pool of money the fairest way to distribute it to the participants is by a lottery.
  • tola (18/10/2020, 20:17) Like (18) Dislike (2) Reply
    I never heard about this hmmm sigh
  • y (18/10/2020, 21:46) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    @ good time I am all d way with the churches don't care all d time collection passing through d church and not one day u could see than on d news giving back some thing the church sopose to lead d way God those not like ugly
    • wow (19/10/2020, 13:44) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
  • Me (18/10/2020, 22:50) Like (16) Dislike (16) Reply
    I applied to the Rotary Club for this and they never even had the courtesy to respond and say I was denied. I am a small business struggling to pay my Bills as I didnt even get any assistance from Government at all.

    It is really about who you know and the circles you in. Life is so not fair. I feel like giving up.
    • wow (19/10/2020, 13:46) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
      Hang in there! Help will show up from the least expected Source! Keep the Faith!
      • US (19/10/2020, 19:55) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
        I agree with ME. Only certain people get ahead in this country because Tolians are like crabs in a barrel. When they are in a position to help their fellow man, including their own family, they turn a blind eye. But thank God, he looks out for everybody. If it were up to some, rain would fall on them alone. Obviuosly, this was top secret for them to give help to 69 people they hand pick to receive help. SMH

        As for the stimulus, don't wait on that. By time they ready, all you going hear is the money done, go sit down.
      • Well Sah (19/10/2020, 19:58) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
        Sounds like you have some money for him. If you don't, keep shaking your head. Hope it doesn't drop off.
  • HmmmI (19/10/2020, 04:54) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I told u the devil is in disguise in the name of god ....the bible also said in the last days it would be these things wolf in sheep clothing. Hmmmm
  • God (19/10/2020, 05:09) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    God have mercy on the blind and continue bless and strengthen the rigtheous to walk that narrow gate for the 40 days in the desert wasn't and ain't no easy road to the father mistress mankind father ...the cross we carry through out this life
  • Struupz (19/10/2020, 06:58) Like (4) Dislike (9) Reply
    To me this was unfair!!! Some of us should’ve known better than ti waist time
  • Hmm (19/10/2020, 07:03) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply

    Idk why everything along this line has to be about putting ppl on camera.....y'all jus sickening now. Do what needs to be done and stop talk about it looking fame. It only makes the struggling families feel worse about their situation especially when they not getting nothing from allllll that's being boasted about.....Put down the %^&* cameras

  • wow (19/10/2020, 07:03) Like (2) Dislike (7) Reply
    I want both the government and the rotary to see this! This is unfair for the youths!! Peopme like ya’ll soo like to sit and say we for the youths and the youths should do this and that but when it comes to things like this its ppl who already accomplished and dont really need help!!!!! The youth are the future!! This was a waist of time!!! Cause they didnt even send an email to say nothing!!!! Struppz
    • Read (19/10/2020, 10:40) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
      If you read the article it said started giving out meaning they are still going on, this was out in public for week and the closing was end of September. Also if you look at the photo who do you see the Youths, young people. Thanks Rotary for all you do in the community.
    • Really (19/10/2020, 12:20) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      cause soo waist. because so waste

      Youth is the future we are truly 2020
  • Club members (19/10/2020, 08:31) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    Got to part of us ...we take care of our own
  • Youth (19/10/2020, 08:35) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    @smh truth is truth I feel your pain it is true that our young people are be left behind. The pressure is real but many can't feel it or see it. 2020 vision needs a serious medical check up. Its really sad. Our young people they need help and a outlet. Yes they have to creep before they walk. In this era they need to walk.
    Sometimes we take them for granted until we read some negative article about them. Then we wash our mouth and wiggle our fingers to type ignorance. We all can do better, doing our part can help them.
  • Great Job (19/10/2020, 14:05) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    Thank you Rotary we realty appreciate it; as we are still waiting on Government stimulus.

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