Garrett County Government - Department of Business Development

Preston News & Journal, Garrett County Republican Offer Unity Matching Grant Fund to Help Businesses During Pandemic

Last Updated on Apr 15, 2020 at 10:09am | Garrett County Economic Development

UPDATE: Fill out the grant request form here.

 
CLARKSBURG — WV News, the parent company of Preston News & Journal and the Garrett County Republican, has established a $500,000 Unity Matching Grant Fund to aid businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
WV News President and owner Brian Jarvis said the program will allow locally owned businesses in Preston and Garrett counties to survive and thrive through the pandemic, helping to bridge difficult times.
 
“We’re a family-owned business, so we know this has been an unprecedented challenge to many of our loyal clients,” Jarvis said.
 
“The Preston News and Journal, and the Garrett County Republican are committed to local businesses, their owners, their employees and families,” Jarvis said. “We want to help our clients reach their customers, to recover, rebuild and expand their businesses in West Virginia and Maryland.”
 
The program enables participating businesses to double their advertising budget with the Preston and Garrett County publications during the months of May, June and July by extending a dollar-for-dollar match, up to $5,000 a month.
 
So if a business spends $100 on advertising in one of the publications, then the business receives an additional $100 of advertising in a WV News platform.
 
“The program is open to our loyal customers, but also to new ones,” Jarvis said.
 
The application process is online at wvnews.com/grants. A company representative will respond within 48 hours, Jarvis said.
 
Questions can be directed to Publisher Andy Kniceley at akniceley@wvnews.com or by phone at 304-626-1468.
 
“Our goal is to help as many businesses in Preston and Garrett counties as possible by giving them access to our various print and digital platforms,” Kniceley said.
 
While the pandemic has limited people’s normal travel and shopping patterns for now, there are vital services that are still needed, as well as other types of businesses gaining audience for when the shutdown period ends.
 
“Through the pandemic, our print and digital audience has been consuming the strong local content and national content at record pace,” Jarvis said. “We have a strong audience to offer to advertisers of local customers who also want to support local business.
 
“We want to offer this program to help our communities survive to thrive,” Jarvis said. “We’re confident we will come out of this pandemic ready to return to the strong growth that our communities, state and nation were enjoying prior to the virus’ onset.”