Harrisonburg and Rockingham County 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 Daily News-Record ,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 understand that many of our local businesses and our longtime advertising partners are hurting; we're hurting, too," said Craig Bartoldson, publisher of the Daily News-Record. "But if we can pull together as a community, we can weather this. Here at the Daily News-Record we want to do whatever we can to help our community get through the pandemic and get back to work. With these matching grants, we can help local businesses remain open as they rebuild."
Businesses operating in the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County markets 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, Bartoldson said, whether or not they are current DN-R advertisers. Grant money can be used for local print and online advertising in the Daily News-Record and at DNROnline.com between April 1 and June 30, 2020.
"I think that's great, because the more we can get our businesses to stay top-of-mind with area residents, I think the better it will serve us as a community in the near-term and, hopefully, in the longterm," said Frank Tamberrino, the president and CEO of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce.
"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.
— Staff Reports