The City of Chula Vista partnered with the San Diego Basis and Small Business Progress Center (SBDC) to give $3.6 million in grants to smaller firms and nonprofits.
But when it came to doling it out, some businesses — who ended up notified they’d obtain the award — never bought it.
Jamie Paris is a mother of two infants and runs a small community relations firm with two staff members.
Like a lot of smaller company house owners, Paris struggled to hold it going during the pandemic.
“When COVID hit, a ton of organizations clearly made the decision to pause services,” Paris stated.
At situations she paid her staff but not herself, Paris explained.
She was counting on the $10,000 grant from the Little Organization and Nonprofit Reduction Fund.
“I was truly energized about that. I was definitely on the lookout forward to getting people cash, especially being a tiny business enterprise. It is a lot of funds,” Paris mentioned.
On Dec. 16, she acquired a letter from the SBDC. It indicated that Paris was chosen since she fulfilled the founded priorities by the Town of Chula Vista to fund the toughest-hit corporations.
The $10,000 check was to be delivered by mail in January.
It did not get there. Alternatively she been given an apology letter from SBDC’s Govt Director Daniel Fitzgerald. It states that regretably, due to a information transfer error, the letter was despatched in mistake.
“I never ever definitely believed a little something like this would even occur, specifically from the city, “ Paris said.
In component of an emailed statement to NBC 7, Fitzgerald wrote, “When notifications had been sent out to the awardees, our program also notified some applicants that are suitable and satisfied some, but not all of the priorities.”
The SBDC recognized the variety of candidates who obtained retracted awards, only as “some.”
“It was a enormous shock and seriously just caught me off guard,” Paris explained.
Paris could nonetheless be chosen in the second spherical. Those people notices will not go out right up until February.
Frankly, she’s not holding her breath.
NBC 7 reached out to the town of Chula Vista. A spokesperson says the City of Chula Vista offers the funds for the Tiny Organization and Nonprofit Aid Fund. The system is remaining administered as a result of the San Diego Basis and the Tiny Business enterprise Progress Center.