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Mortgage Utility Rent Relief Progam Aims to Help Qualifying Small Businesses Affected by COVID-19

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The North Carolina Department of Commerce announced the MORTAGE UTILITY RENT RELIEF program to help small businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19.

When applications become available they will be reviewed on a first come first serve basis. Only qualifying businesses should apply. For more details visit

Qualifying Businesses

Amusement Arcades — Establishments primarily engaged in operating amusement (except gambling) arcades and parlors. This category includes: Amusement arcades; Electronic game arcades; Family fun centers; Game rooms; Indoor play areas; Pinball arcades;

Video game arcades. This category does NOT include establishments engaged in betting/gambling.
Amusement Parks — Establishments primarily engaged in operating a variety of attractions, such as mechanical rides, water rides, games, shows, theme exhibits, refreshment stands, and picnic grounds. This category includes: Amusement parks; Theme parks;

Water parks. This category does NOT include Aquariums; Wild animal parks; Arboreta; Zoological gardens; Aviaries.

Banquet Halls With Catering Staff — Establishments primarily engaged in providing single event-based food service on premises. This category does NOT include providing food services at institutional, governmental, commercial, or industrial locations of others; Renting out facilities without providing catering staff; or off-premise catering.

Bingo Parlors — This category does NOT include anything other than Bingo parlors.

Bowling Centers — Establishments engaged in operating bowling centers. These establishments often provide food and beverage services. This category includes: Bowling alleys; Bowling Centers.

Dance Halls — This category does NOT include anything other than Dance halls.

Drinking Places — Establishments known as bars, taverns, nightclubs, or drinking places primarily engaged in preparing and serving alcoholic beverages for immediate consumption. This category includes: Bars; Taverns; Cocktail lounges; Discotheques; Nightclubs. This category does NOT include Micro/Craft brewery tap rooms; Restaurants with bars.

Indoor Fitness And Recreational Sports Centers — Establishments primarily engaged in operating INDOOR fitness and recreational sports facilities featuring exercise and other active physical fitness conditioning or recreational sports activities. This category includes: Indoor ice or roller skating rinks; Gymnasiums; Physical fitness centers; Indoor handball, racquetball, or tennis club facilities;

Indoor swimming pools; Indoor sports training facilities. This category does NOT include: Outdoor fitness and recreational sports centers; Spectator sports venues.

Motion Picture Theaters (Except Drive-Ins) — This category includes: Motion picture cinemas and theaters (indoor). This category does NOT include: Drive-In theaters; Film festivals exhibitors; Motion picture exhibition; Motion picture exhibitors for airlines; Motion picture exhibitors, itinerant (traveling from place to place).

Museums — For-profit establishments primarily engaged in the preservation and exhibition of objects of historical, cultural, and/or educational value. This category includes: Art galleries (except retail); Planetariums; Art museums; Science or technology museums; Halls of fame; Wax museums. This category does NOT include nonprofit museums; Commercial art galleries.

Source:  North Carolina Department of Commerce Please visit their site for additional eligibility requirements.

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