OMAK — A second round of grant funding opened Monday to small businesses in Okanogan County affected by COVID-19.

Okanogan County commissioners committed another $200,000 in CARES Act funding to help businesses cover eligible expenses incurred because of the pandemic.

Businesses with up to 20 employees can qualify for up to $10,000, which can be used to cover costs that include rent and mortgage, personal protection equipment, insurance, utilities, consulting and marketing expenses and COVID-19-related training. The funds cannot be used to cover payroll, taxes or capital expenses.

The grants are being administered by Okanogan County’s Economic Alliance.

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Oct. 19.

Businesses that already have received funding through the program are not eligible.

For details, go to economic-alliance.com/grants/.

Nevonne McDaniels: 664-7151

mcdaniels@wenatcheeworld.com