State and local officials on Thursday will celebrate a $50,000 grant award to a barrier island business fighting back from Superstorm Sandy’s devastation.
Michele A. Brown, CEO of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, will deliver a check for the first $25,000 of Van Note Custom Canvas’ Stronger NJ Business Grant award in Lavallette at 1 p.m.
Van Note suffered structural damage and a loss of inventory and equipment due to Sandy’s flooding, officials said.
Lavallette Mayor Walter LaCicero also is expected to be on hand to mark the occasion.
Brown was in Ortley Beach last month to present a check to Crystal’s Beach Salon and encouraged all businesses that have sustained at least $5,000 in physical damage from Sandy to apply for the $50,000 grant. Earlier in July, Gov. Chris Christie came to Rossi’s Rent-A-Rama to encourage participation in the program.
“Just give us a call. You’ll speak with a live human being who can help navigate the program,” Brown said last month.
Business owners interested in applying for grant money can call 1-855-SANDY-BZ for assistance, or visit the NJEDA online. Applications must be submitted by Oct. 31.